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Leadership and Management training

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The Leading Lancashire project is part-funded by the European Social Fund and delivers leadership and management training for the Lancashire workforce, enabling people to develop their skills through training, coaching and support.

Although anyone working in a Lancashire based SME is eligible, we have a focus on supporting women to develop their leadership and management careers.

How will I benefit?

By taking part in the Leading Lancashire project and programme, you will:

  • Develop effective leadership and management knowledge, skills and behaviours
  • Gain nationally recognised leadership and management qualifications
  • Improve your potential for career development and advancement

What does the Leading Lancashire project offer?

  • Skills and confidence development programmes to increase your capacity to take up leadership and management opportunities – including coaching, mentoring and support – with specific programmes for women
  • Bespoke leadership and management programmes for employees, co-designed with Lancashire businesses to include succession planning
  • Access to leadership and management qualifications/units from Level 3 to Level 7
  • Leadership and management bridging programmes to prepare employees for higher-level apprenticeships and qualifications

We work collaboratively with you to help with your leadership and management training and development requirements. We develop a learning programme for your time on the project and support you in achieving your goals. Your programme may include accredited training, coaching and mentoring, with attendance at seminars and master classes.

Am I eligible for Leading Lancashire?

The project provides support for the following individuals:

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Employed
  • Working for a Lancashire based SME. ‘Lancashire’ means based in a Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen or Blackpool postcode area. An SME (Small, Medium Enterprise) is an enterprise with less than 250 employees.

Project partners

We are the lead accountable body for the project and one of the delivery partners. The Leadership Hub (School of Business and Justice) are responsible for the project management and delivery. There are eight other delivery partners on the project:

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Current Project Offer

Qualifications Offered

Blackburn College

Units and full qualifications accredited by The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Prince2 project management training and a variety of leadership and management related workshops.

ILM Level 3, ILM Level 5, ILM Level 7, Prince2

Burnley College

Coaching and Mentoring, Conflict Management, HR / Finance, Change Management (ILM Level 3 - Level 5). Units at ILM Level 3 currently include; Understanding Leadership, Conflict Management, How to Establish an Effective Team.

Units from ILM Level 3 - Level 5 qualifications, specifically focussing on the Level 3 Award

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

Unique women only programme; taster modules from existing short course programme and existing leadership and management programme (Level 3 +).

No professional qualifications

Edge Hill University

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Leadership and Management Level 4, CMI Coaching and Mentoring Level 5, CMI Strategic Leadership and Management Level 7.

CMI certificates and awards at Level 4, Level 5, Level 7

Lancaster and Morecambe College

Range of course topics include; Digital courses to support the Self-Employed, Business Planning and Improvement, Leadership and Organisational Culture, Performance Management, Managing Data through Excel, Presentation and Training Techniques, Introduction to Human Resources, Managing Budgets, IT for Managers, Project Management, Coaching and Mentoring.

CMI Leadership and Management Level 5,
CMI Leadership and Management Level 3

Myerscough College

Range of leadership and management subjects (equivalent to Level 3 - Level 5). Workshops, coaching and mentoring.

ILM Level 3 and Level 5 awards

Preston's College

ILM courses and webinars focussing on; Challenges of Working Remotely, Delivering Appraisals Remotely, Innovating in Difficult Times, Motivating your Workforce, Supporting your Team's Mental Health, Introduction to Project Management, Introduction to Change Management.

ILM Level 3, Level 5 and Level 7 awards


Project Management, Coaching, Leadership Development - short workshops and longer programmes, CMI and ILM accredited programmes, Personal Leadership through Psychometric testing.

ILM Level 5 and CMI Level 5

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