The MBDA Innovation Programme has been accredited by NEF: The Innovation Institute. NEF is a professional body and a leading provider of SciTech innovation and growth services to business, education and government. NEF's Innovation Council influences European innovation policy and supports its members, partners and stakeholders to achieve performance excellence and stimulate innovation. The IKE Accreditation underpins MBDA's commitment to the development and deployment of innovation skills and benchmarks their training and development in innovation against other organisations.
The MBDA Innovation Programme is focussed on developing an innovative culture throughout the business that supports the use of creative thinking, enabling the development of improved or more effective products, processes and technologies. The programme is supported by the Innovation Lab, annual Innovation Awards and Open Innovation programmes, where people are encouraged to develop initiatives within the business at SMEs, universities and colleges.
The IKE Accreditation award was presented to MBDA at the MBDA UK Business Recognition Awards by Professor Sa'ad Medhat, Chief Executive of NEF: The Innovation Institute. It was received by Jean-François Haye, Group Head of Knowledge Management and Innovation, who was joined on stage by members of the MBDA international Innovation team.
Jean-François Haye commented: “NEF: The Innovation Institute has stress-tested our innovation capability. It is good recognition for MBDA to receive this prestigious award, which acknowledges all the work done by the Innovation team for almost a decade now, and stresses the commitment from the business to develop an innovative culture within MBDA across our four nations. We will continue to promote and seek innovation in every aspect of our business, technical or not, to sustain competitive advantage in the changing environment of our domestic and export markets."
Congratulations to Harrow College on achieving the STEM Assured Standard in recognition of its outstanding cross-curricular practice in STEM teaching and learning. Aligning provision to what STEM industry sectors require is only the first step of developing and delivering fit for purpose STEM programmes.
Pat Carvalho, Vice Principal at Harrow College said: “Building on the development of Harrow College’s STEM strategy, the STEM team have demonstrated how cross-curricula STEM provision can enrich the learner experience and reflect the needs of STEM industry sectors. The STEM Assured framework has rigorously tested our STEM capability and provided us with a road map for further improvement.”
The external validation panel commended the college on their outstanding maths provision and the excellent opportunity that it provides for up-skilling.
Professor Sa’ad Medhat, NEF’s CEO said: "The STEM Assured Framework has ensured the currency of programmes at Harrow College and that they are delivering these programmes in tune with the needs of industry. In addition, the STEM Assured Independent Validation Panel provided Harrow College with invaluable feedback to guide its future development of innovative STEM solutions."
Mike Pilbeam, Director of EMC2 the Cloud Company and member of NEF’s Innovation Council who has been supporting Harrow College, said: “The STEM Assured assurance gives us as employers the confidence that the college’s STEM provision is fit for purpose and reflective of our needs. It provided us with the opportunity to influence curriculum development at the college. Undergoing the STEM Assured Standard clearly demonstrated the impact of, for example, the IT educational programmes on learners and on employers and ultimately the economy. I welcome the news that Harrow College is now STEM Assured.”