Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership
Level 5

Develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to take you to the next level.

Our Women In Leadership initiative is a comprehensive management development programme, which aligns to the Operations /
Departmental Manager Level 5 apprenticeship standard. This programme develops the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for this level of role and will explore the key strategies for leadership and development objectives to meet career goals and inspire a shift in mindset.

With an emphasis on celebrating Women in Leadership and diversity as a whole, this programme aims to inspire, motivate, and empower current female leaders and stimulate future talented women to meet their potential.

In addition to the requirements of the Operations/ Departmental Manager Level 5 Standard, this programme also addresses imposter syndrome, the power of female rage, dealing with unconscious bias, believing your inner voice, and championing yourself. As well as enrichment activities which address ‘taboo’ topics such as stereotyping, menopause, hepeating and progressing your career after maternity.

Did you know that we also have a Women in Leadership Level 3 programme for your aspiring managers?

 

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Who is it for?

The programme is suitable for women who are working in roles such as Operations Manager, Regional Manager or Department Manager.

Their key responsibilities may include:

  • Managing projects
  • Leading and managing teams
  • Talent management
  • Creating and delivering operational plans
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Financial and resource management

Women in Leadership

Programme Journey

Leading Self

Leading Self

1. Management of Self

The first part of your ‘Women in Leadership’ Journey starts through the process of self-management. You will explore the concept of advocating yourself and demonstrating belief in what you can achieve by analysing your strengths, identifying key barriers, and creating personal development plans to support you through the programme and achieve your ambitions.

2. Self-Awareness

Building on your personal effectiveness, through the learning and application of self-awareness tools, you will develop your emotional intelligence, resilience, recognise and mitigate unconscious bias. You will also explore the effect of imposter syndrome, ‘he-peating’ and breaking out of your perceived life script. While understanding of different learning and behavioural styles will encourage the positive impact you have on others performance and across the wider organisation.

3. Building Relationships

In the final part of the ‘Leading Self, you will develop a deeper understanding of fair productive relationships with partners and stakeholders. You will explore the layers associated with anger and challenging the societal expectations of female leaders to enhance your negotiation, collaboration and influencing skills. While discovering tools and methods for dealing with conflict efficiently and maintaining working relationships.

Leading Others

Leading Others

4. Managing People

Playing an integral role in your team’s performance, you will develop your competence and skills in managing people. You will explore how to optimise your team’s performance, including how to recruit talent, effectively manage performance and talent as well as enhancing the development of high-performance teams.

5. Leading People

Within this learning module we will ask the question ‘What makes female leaders great?’ We will learn how to analyse and understand your leadership style while utilising influencing to instil change in your organisational culture. With consideration of different types of teams, you will develop your ability to motivate yourself and others while improving performance through coaching & mentoring. You will also develop a deeper understanding of how to facilitate and lead positive change.

Leading the Business

Leading the Business

6. Problem Solving & Decision Making

Kicking off ‘Leading the Business,’ you will be
provided with the tools and techniques to efficiently solve problems and make difficult decisions. You will explore a more considered and systematic approach to making more effective decisions whilst considering the impact on these of your organisation’s ethics and values. You will also discover how gender difference can manifest regarding risk decision making.

7. Project Management

Within the project management module, you will explore effective project management throughout the full project lifecycle. Utilising a range of skills learned to date you will engage with different tools and techniques to impact positive change within the business, enabling the achievement of business results.

8. Operational Management & Finance

In the world of operations these are not only ‘jobs for the boys,’ but we will also explore raising your profile and promoting career opportunities for the next generation of women. Learning essential skills such as operational business planning, financial governance, and commercial awareness. While learning to develop your understanding of operational management approaches. You will gain a deeper comprehension of management systems, data security and contingency planning while being able to challenge the status quo, power your creativity and address barriers to the growth, development and performance of you and your team.

Communication

Communication

Effective communication is an essential part of leadership and underpins the entire apprenticeship journey. Throughout all the workshops, you will be building on your communication knowledge and skills, from gaining a more thorough understanding of interpersonal skills and the different forms of communication to being able to apply them appropriately in situations such as when giving constructive feedback.

Behaviours

Behaviours

During the programme, in addition to developing your leadership knowledge and skills, you will also be developing your character to excel at leadership and management. Throughout your journey you will demonstrate the behaviours required of a successful leader; responsibility, inclusivity, agility, and professionalism.

Women in Leadership Themes

 
 

Engaging Materials

We have invested heavily in creating our own content for our programmes, providing our learners with hours of resources.  From Brilliant Minds – which pulls on the expertise of subject matter experts – to The Knowledge –  a workbook, textbook and review of latest leadership thinking, all in one place, our innovative content ensures our learners are always engaged!

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Programme
Information

Programme Level

Programme Level

The programme maps to a Level 5 advanced apprenticeship standard.

Programme Duration

Programme Duration

The average programme length is 15 months plus 5 months for End Point Assessment.

Commitment

Commitment

Average of 6 working hours per week. We have designed our programme in a way that ensures learners achieve these hours through the completion of the tasks set. These are often naturally occurring activities that will be undertaken in work.

Eligibility

Eligibility

The learner must work at least 50% of their time in England and must not have a qualification at the same level or above in this subject area.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements unless specified by the employer.

Assessment

Assessment

Achievement is gained through completion of End Point Assessments which are carried out by an Independent End Point Assessment Organisation.

Achievement

Achievement

Certificate from the Institute of Apprenticeships, Certificate from the Institute of Leadership & Management, designations, and digital credentials as a Member of the Institute (MInstLM) (Membership fee applies)

Levy Funding available

As we are a Government Registered Apprenticeships Training Provider, you can use your Levy to fund this programme. Not enough funds in your Levy account? Don’t worry, the government will co-fund 95% of the programme costs.

Funded up to £7,000 per learner

The skills, knowledge and behaviours that I have learnt this far on the programme have been instantly transferable to my role and I have already noticed a change in my approach when managing my team. I have found it fascinating that I am unknowingly already using some techniques daily and it is a great moment when you can put a name to a method I am already familiar with.

Liz Hardman, Programme Learner

My confidence and abilities are growing month on month; the course is really encouraging me to try new approaches and change the existing way I am working to be inclusive of different learning styles. This has been noticed by my team which is incredibly rewarding.

Liz Hardman, Programme Learner

I would recommend both this programme and Raise the Bar to anyone who wants to develop themselves or make a change to their own journey. The support, training assets and workshops are brilliant and instantly transferable to any career.

Liz Hardman, Programme Learner

At TalkTalk we have a vast array of female talent. It’s therefore only fitting that we invest in programmes to unleash that talent upon the business. To see eight of the eleven already promoted before the programme has even finished is the perfect reward. Massive thanks to our friends at Raise the Bar for yet another transformational programme.

Ian Turner, Talent Director

I will always recommend the work that Raise the Bar do, as I love how nothing is ‘off the shelf’, but a lot of time, care and hard work goes in to making programmes and apprenticeships fit for purpose. (The people aren’t too bad either). Can’t wait to explore other challenges and what else we can achieve.

Sam Davys, Equality and Future Talent Manager

Since starting the course, my biggest achievement has been the ability to lead through change whilst raising the profile of the team across the business. It’s been heart-warming to see increased recognition of insight and analytics through our people, and I’m excited to see where the team goes this year.

Amy Higgins, Programme Learner

We were recently referred to as a team “buried” within the organisation. A lot of my focus has been repositioning the output of the team at a senior level and we are now seeing better engagement as a result from the programme

Amy Higgins, Programme Learner

I recently began my journey of learning and growth when I started my Women in Leadership apprenticeship qualification with Raise the Bar. The programme aims to inspire, motivate and empower current and future women to achieve their leadership potential, and I felt all of that from my very first session!

Mel Delaney, Programme Learner

We’re Raising the Bar with our Leadership and Management Apprenticeships!

We’re excited to announce that learners on this Level 5 course may also be entitled to a FREE place on our best-selling leadership development programme, Change Catalyst, worth £1,849! Our unique programme covers the most relevant leadership challenges of today and is hosted by 6 inspirational thought-leaders, including Professor Damian Hughes author and co-host of the High Performance Podcast and the team behind the Chimp Paradox. It’s the perfect accompaniment to our Level 5 apprenticeships. 

Get in touch today to find out whether you are eligible.

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