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ERIC Number: EJ788497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3108
Graduate Trainee Schemes in Higher Education
Bolton, Allan
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, v12 n2 p44-46 Apr 2008
Whilst the leadership and management of Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) have become a subject for increased research and discussion, it is a concern that most of the sector has made little progress in ensuring its ability to recruit and develop the next generation of senior managers and leaders. A survey among the Directors of Human Resources at every HEI in the UK was conducted by the author in 2006. Through a simple questionnaire which required little investigation to complete, he sought to determine the extent of graduate or management trainee programmes operating during the period 2002-2003 to 2005-2006. Replies reported the existence of such a programme at only nine institutions. From observation, three other such schemes became evident. Nevertheless, it is reasonable to conclude that the majority of institutions prefer to attract their junior managers into jobs which are more specialised than a trainee programme. A structured trainee programme can help ensure future management and leadership, and also promote organisational knowledge, effectiveness and mutual understanding. Through a well-considered set of projects and attachments trainees work across boundaries within central services and between central services and faculties. The author argues that the need to take control of the quality of recruitment to the profession and the need for early investment in that talent is more urgent.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom