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Manage the student journey with ease using SkillsForge

SkillsForge empowers users through the use of innovative functionality and software

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Functionality

SkillsForge offers various individual products depending on the needs of your institution and its users. When investing in the SkillsForge software, you can choose to implement one or more of these products to help build your ideal solution.

To find out more about each product and its capabilities, please click the links below:


Student Journey - Admissions to Examinations

With our highly automated processes and data capture that was previously impossible to achieve, SkillsForge enables institutions to tailor end-to-end workflows that embrace the whole student journey from start to finish. This product can be implemented alongside the Skills Assessment, Development and Tracking product to maximise benefits for both students and staff.

Key Features:

  • Role specific dashboards
  • A pictorial representation of the student timeline
  • Configurable workflows from admission to examination, encompassing the complete student journey
  • Configurable forms and emails
  • Digital form sign-off
  • Flexible deadline and reminder tools
  • Easy integration with other University systems
  • Automatic recalculation of key dates (if required)
  • Calendar integration

Progression Monitoring and Supervision

SkillsForge provides institutions with highly efficient and effective postgraduate supervision and progression monitoring. The integrated solution can be made bespoke through the use of our powerful workflow scripting, form, email templates, deadline tracking and role-based access control.

See below the different features of this product and how they benefit each type of SkillsForge user.

Students can:

  • View a record of their progress
  • View a dashboard showing a summary of progress
  • View Action Points and Milestones
  • Digitally record and sign supervision and progression meetings
  • View a full history of all interactions with the system
  • Experience automated follow-ups and chasing through the progression monitoring workflows
  • View their timeline

Supervisors can:

  • View a dashboard summary of students’ progress
  • View Action Points / Milestones
  • View a full history of all interactions with the system
  • Experience automated follow-up and chasing
  • View Extensive Management Information

Administrators can:

  • Monitor progress across the department / institution
  • Identify issues for action through exception reporting
  • Experience the significant automation of processes and workflows
  • View a full history of all interactions with the system by all participants
  • View Extensive Management Information including UKVI (Visas and Immigration) interaction reporting

Institutions can:

  • Experience two-way data integration between systems such as student records and human resources to provide one truthful version
  • View deep and broad data for business intelligence reporting
  • Enable powerful workflows to ensure compliance with the institution’s policies
  • Enable UKVI (Visas and Immigration) interactions to be captured as standard within the processes

Short Course Booking

SkillsForge delivers an automated short course booking solution which can be made available to all users, or to agreed subsets of participants using our Role Based Access Control. For example, for universities, the short course booking solution can be made available to all students and staff, student-only, staff-only or, even more specifically, postgraduate student-only.

With this solution, all courses can be set up within SkillsForge with different publication dates. Once the courses are loaded, course administrators can simply leave the SkillsForge solution to automatically manage bookings, cancellations, etc. This is a highly automated process; very little intervention is required - if any.

See below the different features of this product and how they benefit each type of SkillsForge user.

Key features of the short course booking product include:

  • The capture and summary of all development activities
  • Course booking and attendance statistics
  • Online course evaluation and reporting
  • Integration with other operating systems, e.g. HR, Student Records
  • Advanced searchable course content
  • Capability to embed the solution into other systems, e.g. virtual learning environments

Students can:

  • Book courses with ease through the simple course booking and cancellation functionality, including joining waiting lists for fully-booked courses.
  • View skills that need further development and use our advanced course search to find the right course to enable such development. Please note, this feature is only available when Short Course Booking is implemented alongside Skills Assessment, Development and Tracking.
  • Capture all development activities

Supervisors can:

  • See the courses undertaken by students (if enabled)
  • Capture all development activities
  • Report on attendance and skills progression
  • Use Skills Assessment and advanced searchable course content (only available with additional implementation of the Skills Assessment, Development and Tracking product)

Administrators can:

  • Set up courses with ease and allow for full automation thereafter, e.g. reminder emails, cancellation and automatic offer
  • Enable online registration
  • Enable online course evaluation
  • Use the powerful reporting capability

Skills Assessment, Development and Tracking

The SkillsForge solution enables initial skills assessment and the tracking and improvement of skills assessment over time, both per individual and across a population of individuals. Once an assessment of postgraduate skills has been carried out, a training needs analysis can be completed within SkillsForge to highlight the need for further skills development. Suitable courses can then be searched for with SkillsForge’s advanced searchable course content, in order to support the desired skills development.

With this solution, users have the ability to:

  • Reflect on progress
  • Undertake a skills assessment
  • Provide/receive supervisor feedback
  • Analyse training needs and plan development
  • Search courses and manage bookings
  • Report on skills progression

Business Intelligence Solution

SkillsForge is a registered reseller of YellowFin, our chosen business intelligence solution. This tool uses data captured by the SkillsForge system to create comprehensive and highly insightful reports which can be used to improve information management within your institution.

YellowFin can develop a wide range of reports, including:

  • Automatically generated reports of the institution’s annual student completion rate
  • Reports showing the status of progression monitoring and supervision, by group/cohort or whole population
  • Course booking, course demand and attendance / non-attendance reports
  • Performance management status and statistical analysis
  • UK Visa and Immigration reporting
  • Provision of completely new insights due to combined analysis of imported data plus SkillsForge data
  • Ad hoc management information reporting

More can be learnt about YellowFin here: YellowFin BI

HOW IT WORKS

All interactions that take place on the SkillsForge system are captured and stored in our data warehouse, to be archived for as long as the client requires. This data can then be analysed and reported on, either through the existing YellowFin tool provided by SkillsForge, or the data can be uploaded to your institution’s own data warehouse to be analysed by its own business intelligence tools. The resulting reports provide insightful information about student progression, courses, completion rates and more.

Reports can be set to run at regular intervals and made available to users through the system or via email. Through the YellowFin solution, data can be displayed or integrated in many ways through extensive visual illustration, including but not limited to PDF, Excel, CSV and PowerPoint.

SkillsForge’s business intelligence solution can be bought as a separate stand-alone package, if required.

UKVI Reporting

SkillsForge captures and warehouses all interactions that occur on the system, making our system ideal for UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) reporting and tracking.

Our business intelligence solution can automatically produce exception reports, to be regularly emailed to relevant parties. Such reports, including “Time Since Last Interaction” can be extremely useful for tracking any impending UKVI issues, to ensure that your institution can easily evidence any important information required by the Home Office.

I am hoping you can convey a special thank you to our colleagues in Skills Forge. The University was able to evidence points of contact for our Tier 4 PhD students. The Home Office were happy with the evidence provided via SkillsForge and did not have any further questions. This assisted the team with smooth audit and positive outcome.

- Thereza Bandouna, Head of International Operations at Manchester Metropolitan University

Supporting the Career Development of Researchers

SkillsForge is fully compatible with the 2019 Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. For many years, our solution has been used across a number of organisations to track the skills development of researchers against their chosen career path. SkillsForge’s core function is to track and report on the development activities undertaken by users, measured against established targets, and to monitor skills development over time across the institution (both per group/cohort and per individual).

Student Records System

The SkillsForge solution has a wide range of features in common with what is required of a traditional student records system:

Because of this, SkillsForge can be utilised as a university’s student records system, after being made bespoke to your institution.

As our system is based on modern technologies, it provides a considerable upgrade from the older technologies of traditional records systems. The functionality of the SkillsForge system can be made bespoke to fit your institution’s requirements, and can provide automation for key university processes. Our aim is to provide the ideal system for your institution, to help increase efficiency, save time and facilitate easy management of the student journey.