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Productivity and micro business

The Productivity Insights Network, funded by the Economic and Social research Council, have recently published a follow-up evaluation of a series of programmes designed to boost productivity (see _January19.pdf ). The initiatives under the microscope were all originally part of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Future Programme. Looking at the report from […]

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Can policy be inspired by practice?

At the beginning of this week (19 November 2018) I had the great good fortune to be invited to a workshop on ‘Driving improvements in business performance’ for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) personnel organised by the Work Foundation ( My challenge was to decide what to say in five minutes on […]

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Business productivity review

As part of their concern with the UK’s productivity performance, the Government has launched a consultation. You can have your say at . We’ve already posted some thoughts under the business support and advice services heading. Do you agree with our points about sole traders and micro businesses?

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Business startup comes to Chesterfield

Here’s a date for your diary: Saturday 24 February. The micro biz champion Tony Robinson OBE will be in Chesterfield to tell us what it’s really like to work for yourself. Marketers, bookkeepers, social media experts and lost of others will be on hand (along with folks who’ve recently started their own business) to offer […]

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Credit & Qualifications

Main areas of work include:

  • workshops and one-to-one advice and guidance in all aspects of qualification development, whether from National Occupational Standards or to accredit existing employer and other training programmes
  • developing qualification frameworks
  • quality assuring units of assessment, qualifications, assessment guidance and other products to ensure they meet regulatory and good practice requirements
  • research and development linked to the strategic implications and use of credit accumulation and transfer
  • evaluating policies and initiatives in relation to national standards and qualifications

A substantial amount of this work was undertaken to support the creation and delivery of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) in England. Whilst the QCF is no more, the expertise and resources we’ve developed are still relevant, especially for those looking for innovative and flexible approaches to recognising achievement in learning.

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Market research for the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Follow this link to the research part of our website for more information about this project.

Research and Content Development for the ‘Build a Better Business’ E-learning Programme

Walsall College/ asfi, 2014-2015.  ‘Build a Better Business’ is an enterprise e-learning programme and associated qualifications, initially targeted at recent start-up businesses in the Black Country. Extensive desk research was undertaken to inform the development of the nine modules that made up the programme, including procuring relevant You Tube and similar videos and links to additional learning resources. The programme looked to facilitate bite-size learning for small business owners. Formative and summative assessments were based on naturally occurring evidence drawn from activities in which learning was applied to the participants’ own business. Other products from the project were an on-line learner feedback questionnaire, qualifications at level 2 and 3 and constituent units and an assessor’s guide that included a marking scheme for the assessed activities and assignments.


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Employee Profile

Enda Donnelly

Position: Learning and Qualifications Director
Time at Stratagia: 6 years
Specialism: Credit and qualifications

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