ETF Stepping into Leadership programme launched

Places can now be booked on the Education and Training Foundation’s (ETF’s) new development programme for first time leaders.

The Stepping into Leadership programme has been designed by sector experts to support colleagues starting their leadership journey by helping them develop their skills and build their knowledge and giving them the inspiration and confidence to succeed. It will be delivered on behalf of the ETF by FE Associates and is supported by the Department for Education.

Participants will benefit from working with highly experienced sector experts, current practitioners, coaches and mentors. The delivery team includes experienced senior and middle leaders, expert HR and people practitioners, colleagues with relevant inspection experience and professional coaches.

Structured to meet the needs of first-time leaders and to ensure a personalised learning approach, the programme will be delivered through a range of learning activities, including:

  • an initial leadership assessment and one-to-one professional discussion
  • face-to-face module delivery
  • live online masterclasses
  • an end of programme conference and networking event.

Places are available on three cohorts based across the UK.

  1. Cohort 1, based in London, begins on 6 December. The deadline to book places is 3 December.
  2. Cohort 2, based in Birmingham, begins on 6 January 2022. The deadline to book is 5 January.
  3. Cohort 3, based in Manchester, begins on 14 January 2022. The deadline to book is 13 January.

Places on all three cohorts can be booked via the ETF Booking System.

Janet Clark, the ETF’s National Head of Leadership Development, said:

“It is often the case that the skills and experiences that made first-time leaders successful in their previous roles aren’t the ones that will make them successful as leaders. They need to be supported and developed to make the shift in mindset, skills and behaviours. The Stepping into Leadership programme will help them do that, contributing to the building of a first-class talent pipeline for the Further Education and Training sector.”

Stepping into Leadership is part of the ETF’s wider leadership and governance offer. For details, please visit the Leadership Hub on the ETF website.

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