Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hyper Island course in Manchester, launching in May 2009

Hyper Island now offers a leadership program to SMEs in the Digital and Creative Industries in the Northwest of England. The digital and media skills program is delivered by Northwest Vision and Media in partnership with Skillset with the support of the Northwest Regional Development Agency.

“We have been sending graduates to the UK for 14 years. Now it is time for us to start educate the British industry on their home ground as well. And the boiling centre of MediaCityUK in Manchester is a perfect place to conduct this course”, says Mattias Hansson, CEO, Hyper Island.

Hyper Island will bring it’s unique educational method to the table and will focus on developing ‘Accidental Leaders’ in team effectiveness and digital.

“We eventually went with Hyper Island because of their innovative and experiential approach to Leadership. We feel they will offer something very different and meaningful for leaders of companies in the Digital and Creative Industries in the Northwest. They are renowned worldwide for their training programs and Northwest Vision and Media is proud to have brought them to the region”, says Lynn Kelly, Head of skills, Northwest Vision and Media.

There will be two launch events in Manchester and Liverpool on the 13th and 14th of May.

The Hyper Island Team will work in close collaboration with a UK-based management development training company, Kirkbright, which won the contract to deliver the linked ‘Accidental Managers’ program. Kirkbright was founded by creative industries management expert Greg Orme, who also founded and ran the globally respected Centre for Creative Business between 2004 and 2008.

“We were obviously pleased to be part of this innovative training initiative. Our excitement at delivering this was only increased when we realised it would give us the opportunity to work closely with the digital experts at Hyper Island”, says Greg Orme, Managing Director, Kirkbright.

This is a truly unique opportunity and the funding from Northwest Vision and Media will make it affordable for SMEs in the Digital and Creative industries in the region. The funding is from the Digital and Media Skills Programme, a £2.8 million investment by the North West Development Agency, delivered by Northwest Vision and Media in partnership with Skillset.

For more information, please contact:
Maria Eriksson, Project Leader, Hyper Island

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