Managing and Leading Individuals and Teams - fully-funded online CMI course
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Are you a new or aspiring manager? Are you an existing manager looking to better manage, motivate and engage your team? Do you need to develop your leadership skills? Would you like to obtain a qualification from the UK's only chartered body dedicated to raising the standards of management and leadership? Then this fully funded course is for you.

The ability to lead individuals and teams to success is arguably the most important skill a manager can possess. This course focuses on the essential management and leadership skills required to fulfil this challenging but rewarding role. The course opens by focusing on the theoretical and practical approaches to developing, leading, and managing teams (remote or multi-disciplinary). You will look at techniques to assess current and future team capabilities, including the role of recruitment, selection and staff development which supports this. On successful completion of the course, you will not only know the principles of managing individuals and teams but understand approaches for supporting, motivating and inspiring teams and individuals to exceed expectations.

Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and delivered by the University of Plymouth, it uses funding from the European Social Fund's Hidden Talent and Strategic Employer Engagement in Devon projects.

What you will get from the course?

The course will equip you with the key skills and knowledge required to be a successful workplace leader and manager. It will help you to develop both individual colleagues and teams to achieve successful outcomes. In addition, you will be provided with membership of CMI for the duration of the course, including access to CMI's Management Direct learning portal, as well as other member benefits, such as the career development centre and mentoring service.

You will receive a Level 5 Award in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute on successful completion of the assignment.

Course details

The course primarily consists of six weeks of tuition with each week including a webinar and online forum. Week seven will include an online workshop to help you prepare your written assignment, which you will need to complete and pass in order to obtain the qualification. There will also be up to one hour's 1:1 support with the tutor.

Week one: Exploring different ways of developing and managing teams

  • Monday 13 July, 9:30 - 11:30: Webinar
  • Wednesday 15 July, 9:30 - 11:30: Online forum

Week two: Managing and developing teams locally and remotely

  • Monday 20 July, 9:30 - 11:30: Webinar
  • Wednesday 22 July, 9:30 - 11:30: Online forum

Week three: Employee engagement

  • Monday 27 July, 9:30 - 11:30: Webinar
  • Wednesday 29 July, 9:30 - 11:30: Online forum

Week four: Exploring different approaches to development

  • Monday 3 August, 9:30 - 11:30: Webinar
  • Wednesday 5 August, 9:30 - 11:30: Online forum

Week five: How to achieve a balance of skills and experience

  • Monday 10 August, 9:30 - 11:30: Webinar
  • Wednesday 12 August, 9:30 - 11:30: Online forum

Week six: Exploring different approaches to leadership and performance management

  • Monday 17 August, 9:30 - 11:30: Webinar
  • Wednesday 19 August, 9:30 - 11:30: Online forum

Week seven: Assignment preparation and guidance

  • Monday 24 August, 9:30 - 11:30: Webinar

Course participants will be expected to meet most of these dates but there is some flexibility as the webinars will be recorded and the content on the online forums will be available to access after they take place. Participants will be expected to complete the assignment which will enable them to obtain the qualification. The deadline for the assignment will be Sunday 20 September.

The estimated Total Unit Time for the course (which includes the formal teaching time outlined above as well as informal learning and time taken to do the assessment is 60 hours. However, this is based on an average and will vary for each participant.

Eligibility criteria

The course is available for FREE for eligible people who either:

  • have a Devon postcode, and are looking to apply these skills to enhance their career and employability prospects;
  • work for an eligible small-or-medium sized business (SME) based in Devon which will benefit from their participation (the SME will need to register with the project if they are not already but details will be provided once the learner registers on Eventbrite).

Other essential eligibility criteria include:

  • right to work in the UK,
  • over 18,
  • have functional skills in English,
  • do not have an existing qualification in Leadership and Management at Level 5 or above.

You will also need reliable access to the internet. Once you have booked on the course we will contact you to arrange a short interview via Zoom to check you meet the eligibility criteria. During the interview, you will need to show a copy of your passport (or alternative e.g. birth certificate) as proof of your right to work in the UK. Previous participants of Hidden Talent in Devon will not need to provide these details if they have already done so at previous training courses or taster sessions.

Please note that places on this course are subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria above. All courses are subject to participant numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. The University of Plymouth reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient participant numbers are recruited.

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