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Recruitment Profession Welcomes APSCo MBA with Open Arms


Members of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) voiced overwhelming support for the introduction of a new Executive MBA in Human Capital at the trade association’s latest members meeting.

The event featured presentations from Cranfield School of Management and Grant Thornton UK LLP, which will be delivering the qualification in partnership with APSCo.  Professor Emma Parry, Professor of Human Resource Management at Cranfield School of Management provided important detail around the programme structure and benefits for employers before being joined by David Hare, Partner at Grant Thornton, to answer questions from keen attendees.

The two year programme is designed to develop employees’ leadership and business abilities with a specific focus on applying these skills in talent acquisition. Core modules include operations, marketing, strategic management, data analytics, leadership and finance before specialising in a number of specific modules which are tailored for the recruitment profession. Two-thirds of the cost of the MBA can be covered through by Apprenticeship Levy.

Launch attendee, Yvette Cleland, CEO of recruitment consultancy Clinical Professionals, commented:

“This is what will make the recruitment profession a true profession – it’s landscape changing”

Kelly York, Divisional Managing Director of The Curve Group, who is joining the programme, said:

“I’m extremely excited by the MBA which has just been launched through APSCo. I’ve been looking for a long time to start my MBA, but never quite found the one that suits me. And, actually, this really helps towards our industry and solidifies everything within recruitment.”

Ann Swain, Global CEO at APSCo, added:

“I am proud that we are finally able to offer the professional recruitment community this opportunity to develop its people to the very highest level. It’s fair to say that support for our new MBA programme so far has been overwhelmingly positive, which is unsurprising when you consider the kudos that such a prestigious qualification brings.”

The first intake for the Executive MBA (Human Capital) is September 2019, then January, April and September each year.

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