LGS Programmes

Leadership and Management Courses

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There are currently two separate programmes within the Leadership Growth Skills project that you can access:

LGS Manager

LGS Manager consists of five (5) accredited workshops (1/2 day) which will enable you to gain a Management & Leadership skills qualification - Award in Leadership & Team Skills (City & Guilds) along with 3 sessions covering topics that will serve to increase your self-awareness, confidence, growth mindset and productivity enabling you to progress to the next level.

Ideal for supervisors, team leaders, junior managers, carers returning to the workplace, those early career professionals with future potential to progress into high level management and leadership positions.

LGS Leader

LGS Leader is also cohort-based and will challenge you with 4 accredited workshops (1/2 day) culminating in a skills qualification - Award in Leadership & Management (City & Guilds) plus 3 separate sessions covering Marketing, Finance & Leadership to enhance your knowledge relating to culture, values, growth, diversity and succession planning and access to funding.

Additionally, 1-2-1 coaching will be available to participants.

Suitable for individuals in roles such as directors, middle managers, aspiring leaders of the future and owners of microenterprises and small and medium organisations (SME) that have not received formal Leadership & Management skills training previously.

Both of these programmes offer a cohort-delivery model where you will be learning alongside other participants in groups of 12 to 18 people. On average, you will invest 3 - 4 hours per week over an average of two (2) months.

We will deliver both programmes across each of the LCR Boroughs starting with Sefton in January 2022, followed by Wirral in February 2022 and then Halton in March 2022. The other LCR Boroughs will commence later in May, (Liverpool) June & September 2022.

Check the Programme Schedule Dates for the next cohort relevant to your area.

N.B. We will also look at delivering a blended learning programme later in 2022, subject to demand.

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Leadership Growth Skills Summer programme 2022

Sessions start at 9.45am every day with 30 minutes for lunch which is included, and finish at 2.15 pm.  All sessions are held at our Liverpool John Moores University Mount Pleasant campus in Liverpool. All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance presented at a celebration event at the end of the programme. Joining details for sessions will be emailed after registration.

Lead from wherever you stand

Find your voice and help others to find theirs.

Learn how to: Communicate, collaborate, co-create, and contribute, Lead beyond authority, develop your capabilities as a reflective practitioner.

Delivery dates: 13 and 29 June

Getting the best from others

Using coaching skills to unlock potential in your team.

Learn how to: Use simple but effective coaching techniques, engage with active listening and ask powerful questions.

Delivery dates: 14, 22 and 30 June

Feel the fear…and do it anyway

Explore and improve verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

Learn how to: Appreciate why effective communication is so important, understand different forms of communication, develop listening skills for communication Overcome barriers to effective communication, Develop clear and concise messaging.

Delivery dates: 15, 23 June and 1 July 

Raising your professional profile 

The power of expanding your networks and developing relationships.

Learn how to: Use professional networks Develop useful relationships Identify opportunities to grow your network.

Delivery dates: 16 June

Driving your digital marketing

The power of expanding your networks and developing relationships.

Learn how to: Enhance SEO strategies Analyse social media using existing tools Manage your website and UX (user experience) appearance and functionality.

Delivery dates: 17, 20 and 28 June 

Aspiring to lead *

Accelerate your leadership journey.

Learn how to: Identify the difference between leadership and management, Recognise leadership styles, their benefits and potential impact on individuals and performance.

Delivery dates: 21 June

Working together to reach agreement

How to influence and negotiate with others.

Learn how to: Develop an awareness and understanding of negotiation and influencing, identify your own negotiation and influencing style and its potential strengths and weaknesses, develop general strategies for successful negotiation and influencing.

Delivery dates: 24 and 27 June

LGS Programme Schedule and Dates

LGS Leader dates

Borough: Wirral

Start date: 14 June 2022
End date: 7 July 2022

Venue location: Egerton House, 2 Tower Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 1FN

Borough: St Helens

Start date: 8 September 2022
End date: 13 October 2022

Venue location: To be confirmed in St Helens

Borough: Halton

Start date: 20 October 2022
End date: 1 December 2022

Venue location: To be confirmed in Halton

LGS Manager dates

Borough: Wirral

Start date: 13 June 2022
End date: 13 July 2022

Venue location: Egerton House, 2 Tower Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 1FN

Borough: St Helens

Start date: 7 September 2022
End date: 19 October 2022

Venue location: To be confirmed in St Helens

Borough: Halton

Start date: 3 October 2022
End date: 4 November 2022

Venue location: To be confirmed in Halton

  1. Easter Bank Holiday weekend - 15 to 18 April 2022
  2. May Day Bank Holiday = Monday 2 May 2022
  3. Queen's Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday = 2 and 3 June 2022
  4. Schools close for summer = 20 July 2022

Eligibility Criteria

Essentially, if you're aged 18+, live in the Liverpool City Region and have the right to work in England & Wales and work, as an employee or self-employed, of a small and medium (SME) business you will be eligible.

Below is a checklist that will assist you in eligibility for the programme:

  • Live in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) in one of the 6 boroughs of the Liverpool City Region
  • Aged 18 plus at the start of your programme date
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Working for a small and medium (SME) business either employed or on a self-employed basis
  • Unemployed seeking a job in management and leadership

If you are unsure about eligibility, and you wish to discuss this with one of our Advisers please telephone: +44 07903 341044 or email: lgssupport@ljmu.ac.uk.

About the LGS Project Team

Chris Walters
Business Liaison Officer (BLO)

Christine Walters

Chris has been working with SME’s for over 35 years, enjoying a career with NatWest, MSIF, Grant Thornton and Spark Impact.

Chris became a Business Manager at NatWest before moving into the Investment world at MSIF. As an Investment Manager within MSIF Chris invested over £8M into over 200 deals in a variety of sectors including Creative and Digital and Environmental technologies. This investment contributed to the creation of more than 1850 jobs and levered in £70m of private sector investment into Merseyside.

Chris joined LJMU in 2019, working within the Creative and Digital sector on the LCR Activate project. Chris provided ‘hands on’ support and grant funding to Digital and Creative sector businesses. Activate outlined how SME’s could access disruptive technologies such as Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, AR/VR, supported by LJMU’s Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Within the LGS project Chris will be working with SME’s and individuals to explore their opportunities to expand abilities and minimise skill gaps in the workplace across the Liverpool City Region.

In her spare time Chris cycle’s almost anywhere she can.

Email: c.m.walters@ljmu.ac.uk

Amanda Wilson
Programme Officer

I have been working with European Union (EU) funded projects for the last 20 years supporting businesses and entrepreneurs across the Liverpool City region. My background is in marketing and business support across different sectors. I have been at LJMU for a number of years working on different programmes such as LCR 4.0 and Sustainable Urban Development programme.

My role with within this Leadership Growth Skills Project is to help support individuals with their learning experience, and ensuring the administrative and compliance requirements are met.

Email: a.c.wilson@ljmu.ac.uk

Tel No: 0151 232 2792

Tony Ayin
Programme and Delivery Manager (PM)

Tony Ayin

I have been working with SMEs for the last 10 years in the North West supporting on growth, innovation and leadership. My work background is in Sales & Marketing and have run my own consultancy for 5 years securing over £50 million in revenues for smaller businesses.

My parents came to England in the 1950s from Ghana and Ireland, and now I am a lucky grandfather to a boy and a girl from my only son and his wife. A former amateur rugby union player, coach and Vice Chairman I have transferred these skills into Latin and Ballroom dancing and the occasional round of golf.

I have the overall responsibility for this programme including recruitment, enrolment, delivery, feedback, compliance and the achievement of outputs and results liaising with the Managing Authority, Department of Work and Pensions for this European Social Fund project.

Email: a.r.ayin@ljmu.ac.uk

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