Are you an ambitious individual working in the Further Education and Skills sector?

Are you looking to make the step-up into a management position?

If so, the Emerging Leaders Programme could be just what you need.

Ideal for practitioners involved in delivery and assessment or individuals in business operations roles, this programme will enhance your knowledge and skills so that you are prepared for the next stage of your career.

Whether you are an aspiring manager yourself or represent an organisation that wants to upskill its staff, here are seven reasons why you should consider signing up to the next cohort of the programme.

A step-by-step approach to management

The Programme is split into sessions taking place throughout the academic year, with each session focusing on a specific theme that is key to the next stage of your career. Example topics include ‘How to be an effective line manager’, ‘Managing change effectively’, and ‘Communicating with confidence’.

Be inspired by sector leaders

During each session, you will hear from an experienced leader from within the industry and the wider public sector. They will provide expert insight from an area in which they specialise.

The programme offers the chance to learn from our Gallup StrengthsFinder coach Hannah Miller, senior HR professional Vanessa Rhodes, and experienced communications professional Ben Verinder, among others.

Learn from an experienced mentor

During the programme, you will be assigned an experienced mentor who will support you on your leadership journey. You will be able to learn from someone who has first-hand experience of success in senior positions, and will offer you regular contact throughout the programme.

Take advantage of networking opportunities

As a participant on the programme, you will be invited to attend the Skills and Education Group’s Annual Conference and the Midlands Colleges’ Parliamentary Reception at the House of Lords (dependent on COVID-19 regulations). Both events provide useful opportunities for networking with leaders and managers within the further education and skills sector.

Furthermore, the Skills and Education Group online membership portal provides access to a wide network of professionals from across the sector.

Collaborate with peers online

Through our membership platform, you will participate in collaborative blogs and forums, allowing you to reflect on your learning and enhance your skills.

Online resources such as case studies, webinars and videos will enable you to continue developing your understanding of management and leadership in between sessions.

Understand how to apply your key strengths at work

The CliftonStrengths assessment allows you to identify your unique combination of talents so that you can focus on your strengths and thrive at work. Millions of people across the world have taken the assessment, using the results effectively to enhance their own potential and that of their teams.

The Emerging Leaders programme gives you the chance to not only take the assessment and find out your top strengths, but also be supported by your Gallup StrengthsFinder coach, Hannah Miller. Hannah will help you to develop your strengths and use them effectively in a leadership capacity.

Feedback for the Programme has been excellent

Below are a few of the comments made by previous participants on the programme:

“I have so far found the course an invaluable insight into leadership and management. I have learnt about the strengths within my personal leadership style and gained an understanding on how the differences in individuals can complement each other. This will be advantageous in leading and managing teams in the future.”

“The ongoing support throughout the course developing/reminding/mentoring on how you can develop yourself both personally and professionally, has been a lovely journey.”

“We have been extremely impressed with the quality of the programme delivered by the Skills and Education Group which has been highly valued by our current cohort.”

Ready to develop your leadership skills?

You can book your place on the programme here. If you have any questions about the programme or would like more information before booking, please get in touch with our Head of Professional Development, Karen Plowman.