Increasing the pipeline of BAME senior leaders

Two BME women talking

A team of three ETF Associates are using their expertise in the sector to coach a group of 15 aspiring leaders to increase their responsibility and secure promotions by January 2018.

The participants work across the sector and country, in General Further Education Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges, Local Authorities and Independent Learning Providers.

This works builds on the project which started in December 2016 and finished at the end of March 2017.

The participants all completed an Everything DiSC® Work of Leaders Profile Assessment and are using the results to identify their strengths and challenges and form the starting point of their progression to leadership.

Using a combination of Skype, telephone and face to face support, each participant is developing an action plan for development. The focused and targeted individual support is enabling participants to make time to plan their career futures, identify learning opportunities and explore progression routes.

Although still in the early stages, positive results have already been achieved. Since her involvement in the project, one participant has been inspired to look at broader roles within the sector, others shared their renewed confidence and an increased determination to access professional development by setting aside time for reflection.

Participants are also using the coaches to help them prepare for appraisals, job interviews and management qualifications and to consider long-term career planning.

For more information on the BAME project, email Mary Aslett.

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