Leadership Growth Skills Project

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Liverpool Business School (LBS) at Liverpool John Moores University is now managing and delivering the Leadership Growth Skills project across the Liverpool City Region (LCR) until the end of December 2023.

The aim is to upskill people the leadership skills and management skills currently fulfilling, or with the future potential to undertake higher level management and leadership roles to improve productivity and growth across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens, and Wirral.

Our leadership training course is especially geared towards under-represented groups such as women in management, or, leadership roles, people of colour, disabled people and those with learning difficulties, and/or, those with autism or both and they are actively encouraged to participate the leadership development programme.

Total project funding of approximately £1.4 million is part funded by the European Social Fund, as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural Investment Funds Growth Programme in England, under Investment Priority Axis 2.1 – Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning for all age groups and Liverpool John Moores University.

The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London, the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the European Social Fund programme.

Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion, and local community regenerations. For more information visit GOV.UK.

The project is aimed at employees from micro-enterprises (1-9 employees) and from small and medium enterprises. (10 – 249 employees and turnover less than £43 million) as well as those individuals that are currently excluded (e.g. carers) from realising their management and leadership potential in the workplace.

The current programmes are fully-funded which means no direct cost subject to meeting the eligibility criteria below which includes being aged 18 plus, living within the 6 boroughs the Liverpool City Region and the right to work in the UK.

If you are unsure about eligibility and wish to discuss with a member of the Project Team, please email: a.c.wilson@ljmu.ac.uk or call: Tel. No: 0151 231 2792.

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What you can expect

You will start with an Induction session to familiarise yourself with other participants, the leadership and management journey and to ease you into a supportive environment. Buffet lunch is provided too.

We will provide supervisors to help you with the accredited sessions, as appropriate, and bundles of support from the LGS Project Team.

Start times are either 9:45 or 10:00am and typically workshops end at either 12:45 or 1:30pm depending upon your programme.

We will look to celebrate your achievements with a consolidation event with a guest speaker so that it’s not all work and no play. Keep 17 June 2022 free in your diary!

As we progress throughout 2022, we will look to add more qualifications in Leadership and Management skills based on demand, so be prepared to continue your learning journey!

If you are interested in finding out more details about joining the programme(s) to improve your Leadership and Management skills then you can either ‘Register Your Interest’ via the below form or call Amanda, Programme Administrator, on Telephone Number - 0151 231 2792 or via email: a.c.wilson@ljmu.ac.uk.

To get things moving, Chris Walters, Business Liaison, will undertake an individual learner assessment with you, to guide you through the entry process and eligibility forms that are required for the funding. If you have any further questions Chris will be able to help.

We will use face-to-face (f2f) delivery to develop your learning, and, if Covid-19 returns with any restrictions on meeting, we will switch to an online delivery platform. (e.g. Zoom or MS Teams)

Main eligibility is aged 18 plus, live in the Liverpool City Region and working for either a social enterprise or small and medium business (SME) or microenterprise. (e.g. less than 10 employees) for more than 16 hours per week.

Please check the Eligibility Criteria dropdown as you could be fully funded, which essentially means the support we provide is at no direct cost to the participant subject to eligibility.

Who would benefit from Leadership Growth Skills?

Both employees and employers of SMEs and micro enterprises would be the immediate beneficiaries of this learning opportunity.

  • Employees currently fulfilling junior management, supervision and leadership role(s).
  • Employees that have the potential for senior leadership role(s) that have been overlooked for whatever reason
  • Employees that manage teams
  • Employees working in areas such as project management and change
  • Team Leader or Supervisor that is new to management
  • Senior Managers and Directors that have not had formal Leadership and Management training previously
  • Employees managing other staff
  • Employees that have recently returned to work after caring for somebody
  • SME owners that want to learn more about inspiring leadership in a world of increased change from developments in digital transformation, climate change and sustainability

Please register your interest online or if uncertain about your eligibility contact our Project team who will be pleased to assist via email at lgssupport@ljmu.ac.uk.

Liverpool City Region is committed to having a workforce that is representative of the community it serves. Therefore, this project is aimed at attracting people from under-represented groups such as those from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and women. Additionally, Liverpool Business School values diversity and inclusion providing and inclusive and supportive environment.

Ultimately, this upskilling will have a ripple effect with work colleagues, family members, your supply chain and the wider economy through increased profits and greater awareness of the impact of digitisation and sustainability and how to adapt to the changes.

Programme Delivery Overview

There are currently two separate programmes within the Leadership Growth Skills project.

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 (0) 7815 013125 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 cycles 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 and 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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Register your interest

To find out more about the programme and register interest please complete the form below and one of the Project Team will respond within 48 hours.

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