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First ever recruitment MBA launched by APSCo

First ever recruitment MBA launched by APSCo

The first ever MBA programme specifically designed for recruitment executives will be launched by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) in September 2011. The programme is being sponsored by Barclays, the global financial services provider, and delivered by Henley Business School, part of the University of Reading

The programme will have the title of MBA (International Recruitment Management) and a launch event will be hosted by Barclays at its global headquarters in Canary Wharf, London on 27 January 2010.

But why does the recruitment industry need a tailor-made MBA? Wont a generic MBA suffice for senior recruitment executives? The answer to the question partly lies in my deliberate use of the word industry. Observant readers of this column will know that Ive been referring to the recruitment profession ever since APSCo was formed in January 2009. But for recruitment to really be a profession, we need to enhance the reputation of the sector.

The MBA is being created as part of APSCos ongoing mission to enhance the quality and professionalism of the recruitment industry. As you know, professions benefit from having their own qualifications and until now there hasnt been a directly relevant formal qualification for senior recruitment managers.

The three-year, flexible distance-learning MBA will be two thirds a classic MBA while the remaining third will focus on providing senior recruitment managers with the necessary tools to drive their businesses forward on the international stage. The course will be open to senior managers with a degree and at least two years recruitment sector experience, or senior managers without a degree with at least five years experience. The first year intake of around 20 students will have the opportunity to enrol from January 2011.

Henley Business School was chosen to provide the MBA programme because of its international reputation and its ability to attract students from all over the world. Henley is one of the worlds few business schools to hold triple-accredited status. The School has over 30,000 alumni in 140 countries. The subject pathways of the recruitment-specific part of course are being created by a steering group, chaired by Ann Swain, of leading recruitment professions executives and academics consisting of: Les Duncan (MD, Hays Corporate Accounts), Phil Sheridan (UK MD, Robert Half), Mike Daniels (Head of Business Services, Barclays), Alan Horn (CEO, Interim Management Group), Miles Hunt (CEO, Empresaria Group), Dawn Marriott-Sims (MD, Capita Resourcing), Professor Roger Palmer (Henley Business School), David Roust (Relationship Director, Barclays), Roland Sheehan (Director, MSI Group) and Dr Jean-Anne Stewart (Director of Corporate MBA programmes, Henley Business School).
 
Ann Swain, Cheif Executive of APSCo comments:

"This MBA will add immediate business value for senior managers and their companies. It will enhance the knowledge and capabilities of senior executives, giving them and their employers a significant competitive advantage. The MBA will be an excellent way for companies to retain valued senior managers and help with succession planning. It will boost the credentials of the senior management team in funding raising scenarios, both when dealing with banks and other investors. The programme will also provide unparalleled opportunities for recruitment executives to network with other senior corporate executives.

The response to publicity has been overwhelmingly positive and Im hugely excited about the benefits this programme will bring to the recruitment sector. The MBA is already looking like it will be fully subscribed. Barclays has agreed to create a scholarship programme to help the highest-achieving students finance their studies and we are currently speaking to our affiliate members about providing bursaries for SME companies to help fund their management teams.

The creation of APSCo was a huge step towards the professionalisation of the recruitment sector. I firmly believe that this MBA course will be another major milestone on that path. The MBA will provide a globally recognised badge of expertise and will contribute enormously to elevating the status of recruitment so that it is on a par with established professions. It will be fascinating to see what the first graduates achieve and I will be sure to keep you updated."

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