Employee engagement just got serious in the UK. Hot on the heels of the announcement from the Employee Engagement Task Force, comes the UK’s first university accredited specialist qualification in employee engagement and a free conference.

The postgraduate certificate in employee engagement launched in October at Kent Business School. Over the course of the next 12 months, practicing engagement specialists will learn about the vital role employee engagement can play in increasing levels of organisational performance and wellbeing of the workforce.

The Kent course has been designed for specialists from all types of public, private and not-for-profit organisations who are tasked with developing, implementing and embedding employee engagement strategies and programmes.

According to the university: “This unique postgraduate programme from Kent Business School brings together for the first time the theory and practice of employee engagement in a University-accredited specialist qualification designed for the busy professional.”

I think it’s interesting to see the course is billed under the ‘positive psychology movement.’  It costs £3750 and term has already started for this year’s intake.

Have you considered studying for a qualification in employee engagement? How much importance is placed on it within your organisation? Are you a student on the course? Do share your thoughts below in the comments section.

Free conference
The university is also playing host to a conference on 17 December alongside Engage for Success: Engaging workplaces for a sustainable future. It aims to stimulate debate and discussion around how engagement can contribute to sustainable organisational performance. Speakers include David MacLeod and Nita Clarke, Co-Chairs, Engage for Success. The conference is free and you can find out more information here.There is a great line-up of speakers and the fact it is free is a rare treat and will hopefully mean people whose budgets don’t usually allow attendance at such events to participate. If you’re going and would like to write a guest article for Diary of an internal communicator readers, do please get in touch with me.

Further reading
To keep updated on the latest news about the Employee Engagement Taskforce (read the background here), you can follow via Twitter @engage4success. A new website will be launched on 12 November and you can follow the conversation via LinkedIn and Facebook too.

Look out for more information from the taskforce in the coming weeks – looks like exciting times ahead for anyone interested in or working on employee engagement in the UK, Rachel.

Update: Hayley McGarvey from The Communications Lab got in touch with me today as she’s going to the conference and will be writing for my blog, so do look out for her report in the future.

Post author: Rachel Miller