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Independent builders merchant launches management degree

East Anglian independent builders merchant Ridgeons has launched an employee Foundation Degree (FdA) in Management.

Independent builders merchant launches management degree

The bespoke work-based Foundation Degree was developed in collaboration

with Anglia Ruskin University and will be open to staff across the group which includes: Ridgeons Timber and Builders Merchants, Ridgeons Forest Products, Ridgeons Timber Engineering Services (RTES), CRS Wholesale, Anglia Tool Centre (ACT) and Ridgeons Independent Living Centre.

There are currently 19 students registered on the 2 year long degree programme who will study through a combination of online learning and face-to face teaching at the University’s Rivermead campus in Chelmsford. Degree modules will cover Managing People, Customers and Markets, Managing Projects and Organisational Change, Business Planning and Decision Making.

Managing director Angela Rushforth said: “There has never been a greater need to equip our managers with strong skill sets to enable them, and the company to adapt to an increasingly complex and competitive market.”

“The Foundation Degree in Management represents an excellent and logical progression from our existing management development tools. By focusing on development of our staff through this tailored programme, we aim to equip our staff and the company to react stronger and faster to market changes and create a structure that facilitates future company growth.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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