The Birmingham Leadership Institute at the University of Birmingham is working in partnership with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to design and deliver a high profile New to Senior Leadership in Further Education programme.

This innovative New to Senior Leadership Programme has been designed for leaders who have taken up a senior leadership role within the last 18 months. Aligned to ETF’s leadership pipeline, it will enable newly appointed senior leaders to take up their roles more effectively and forge a cross-sector cadre of leaders.  It will support leaders in several ways: a blend of theory ‘bursts’, leadership skills development, exploring knowledge and evidence, debate and facilitated group discussions, and learning from leaders, from the FE sector and the wider system. Importantly, the approach is underpinned by an emphasis on practical application to the real challenges faced by new senior leaders and centres around active and practical learning with significant networking opportunities.

Those who are new to senior leadership are faced with the challenge of stepping up to their first major leadership role in a turbulent environment, building relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders and developing their understanding of what it means to be an effective FE leader in the 21st century.

To meet those challenges, leaders must be capable of combining a host of skills and attributes as influential systems leaders. Therefore, this programme has been designed and delivered by a highly-skilled and experienced team, including senior FE practitioners, based at the University of Birmingham to meet these requirements. They have a track record of running successful award-winning leadership programmes over 30 years, for leaders at all levels, across all sectors of the economy and they bring a particular understanding of the needs of senior leaders.

Benefits for participants will include being taught by thought leaders and experts in leadership development, as well as learning with peers in a supportive and stretching environment.

Places on the programme are limited to ensure every participant has a high quality experience. Further details on how to apply can be found at the Leadership Hub website.