More than 400 employees from across 220 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Lancashire have signed up to participate in one of the county’s major leadership skills programmes, delivered by Edge Hill’s Business School.
The Leading Lancashire project, part-funded by the European Social Fund, aims to develop the skills of employees and embed new leadership and management capabilities in the region’s SMEs, through the delivery of professional Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualifications.
The effects of Covid-19 have prompted businesses and employees of SMEs across the region to seek support to help build resilience among their management teams and for individuals to strengthen their personal portfolio with a nationally recognised qualification.
John Mercer, Associate Director of Edge Hill’s Business School and Director of the University’s Leading Lancashire programme, said: “We are delighted that the project has supported so many local employees and SMEs across Lancashire so far. By offering the CMI professional courses online with access to supporting learning resources this has been of great benefit to student practitioners.
The project is encouraging applications from females and members of the Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and disabled communities. Priority will be offered to those applications during 2021.
Minority groups have been the focus of the leadership project since it began in January 2020 and 69% of applicants have enrolled onto one of the CMI courses available.
The programme is designed to help them develop and formalise their skills and knowledge in leadership and management resulting in greater confidence to stimulate progression into senior roles.
The new year has brought a surge in online applications for the fully funded places on the programmes starting in January.