- Are you an established leader in an organisation?
- Have you always promised yourself the chance to study for a postgraduate level qualification?
- Would you like to spend some time reflecting on your future and how to achieve even more?
There are plenty of leadership programmes. Many of them focus on a single model, or school of thought, which has rarely been researched and proven. Often, they take you away from the real world and make it hard to rejoin. They are also frequently frightfully expensive – beyond the budget of many SMEs. They present you with a piece of paper at the end, but will it mean anything to future employers and how can you equate your experience with that of others?
Well, all that is about to change!
At the Saïd Business School’s Egrove Park campus, from April 18th to 20th, The Oxfordshire Business and Enterprise School (TOBES) – a faculty of Abingdon and Witney College – will be offering an intensive three day programme at Masters’ Level, leading to the ILM Award in Leadership and Management at ‘Level 7’.
It will be challenging. It will involve study and reflection. The three days will be demanding, and consist of a raft of focused activities aimed at helping you to understand yourself, your organisation, your future opportunities, and how to make them happen. You then have a few weeks to reflect and present back a completed assignment.
We shall explore strategic leadership; the nature and management of change – personal, institutional, and beyond; power, politics, influence and networking; and explore the qualities of personal resilience that distinguish true achievers from the rest. Not only will you emerge with an internationally recognised award, but also with a new network of peers ready to support you in your journey.
The ILM was formed in November 2001 through the merger of the Institute of Supervisory Management (a membership organisation started in the 1950s) and the National Examining Board for Supervision and Management. Today, it is a City & Guilds Group business dedicated to developing and supporting best in class qualifications for leaders and managers. Every year, 93000 people take an ILM qualification, making the ILM the largest provider of leadership and management qualifications in Europe. In surveys of employers, 93% say that their managers perform better after taking an ILM qualification.
We want you to be proud of your achievement. While there are longer courses that offer less, this is intended to stretch you. However, there will be a team of facilitators and a very low student to staff ratio to give everyone plenty of support and encouragement. For anyone not familiar with the international framework of qualifications, known as the Bologna Process, level 7 awards are Masters’ and their equivalents. These recognise highly developed, advanced and complex levels of knowledge which enable the development of in-depth and original responses to complicated and unpredictable problems and situations. Learning at this level involves the demonstration of high level specialist professional knowledge and is appropriate for senior professionals and senior managers. Level 7 qualifications are at a level equivalent to master’s degrees, postgraduate certificates and postgraduate diplomas.
The team of three facilitators for the programme all have extensive track-records in business and leadership, and particular specialisms in the field, as well as being passionate tutors at the College and further afield.