Cambridgeshire is awash with new and innovative businesses, but when
it comes to general management and business skills – needed to help
our companies grow – then the picture is not so rosey.
To this end, an on-line resource for
business managers in Cambridgeshire has just been launched. This new
local initiative is led by the Cambridgeshire Management Forum with
funding provided by EEDA through the Greater Cambridgeshire
Partnership – and developed in conjunction with the Learning and
Skills Council (LSC) Cambridgeshire. It aims to provide support and
practical guidance for managers locally.
Central to this is a practical and
interactive website, www.camf.org.uk. This is a comprehensive
resource centre for managers keen to undertake personal and
professional development. It also acts as a gateway to resources,
courses and to the best and most appropriate learning available in
“Our intention is to provide local
managers with a powerful resource,” said Keith Nelson, Director of
the Cambridgeshire Management Forum. “Our vision for Cambridgeshire
is to be a world leader in leadership and management skills. This
resource will help our managers to be more aware of the
opportunities available to them to further both their personal
development and ultimately to assist the growth in the size of their
What can managers expect to find on
the web site?
By logging on they can immediately
access a wide range of information, which is completely free,
including: • An on-line management training needs analysis designed
to assess an individual’s managerial perfomance. The result is an
individual report highlighting potential development needs and
guidance on the knowledge and skills required to achieve competence.
This has been developed by the Cambridge-based National Extension
College (NEC). • Information on searchable databases that list
management courses across the Cambridgeshire area. • Details of
locally based training providers that offer management development.
• Examples and links to best management practice. • Information on
current management development opportunities that are partially or
Many managers – particularly those
in small businesses – may not have the time or resources available
to spend a long time searching for relevant training courses. The
information on the web-site, making these searches much easier, can
be read and downloaded in a matter of minutes.
This virtual Cambridgeshire business
centre, known as the Cambridgeshire Management Forum, is a
collaborative venture funded by the Learning & Skills Council
Cambridgeshire and supported by organisations including the
Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce, the Chartered Management
Institute, Institure of Leadership & Management, Business Link for
Cambridgeshire and the Cambridge Network.
Keith Nelson urges managers to
log-on and use the site. “It is in all our interests to raise
managerial standards. The website is a simple way to find out what
can be achieved.”
Anyone interested can log on to the
web site at www.camf.org.uk