Having held senior leadership roles in the private sector, Valerie moved to the FE sector where she worked as a lecturer with Edinburgh College. Her role involved developing and delivering bespoke Leadership programmes for commercial clients as well as overseeing the ILM and CMI programmes offered by the college. Valerie also served as a member of the Academic Council at Edinburgh College.
Valerie has worked on many projects nationally and in Ireland, exploring the future of Education, and in particular how the sector needs to evolve to meet the needs of our 21st century learners. Valerie is a Chartered Member of CMI, and an Academic Associate with CIPD. Passionate about lifelong learning, Valerie’s own learning journey has involved studying with institutions including MIT, The Presencing Institute, The International Futures Forum and The Bateson Institute.
What can people expect from the Emerging Leadership Programme?
‘The programme comprises two units. The first is around leadership practice and the second is all about leading teams and individuals. The programme looks at the different models of leadership that exist. You are guaranteed to learn a lot about yourself, reflecting on yourself as a leader. Participants will also get to learn from other leaders and hopefully become more confident in themselves as leaders – it’s about learning to be the best leader you can be in different situations.’
Can you tell us about the different units?
‘Unit 1 will teach you how to be an effective Systems Leader and how to be involved in more collective leadership practices. Unit 2 focuses on the strengths and characteristics people can bring to a team, how to manage different personalities and how to develop people.’
Who would you recommend the Emerging Leadership Programme to?
The course is aimed at practising or aspiring managers and leaders. The primary role of a practising or aspiring manager and leader is to lead and manage individuals and teams to deliver aims and objectives in line with organisational strategy.
What can people expect from the Strategic Leadership Programme?
‘Unit 1 will teach you about self development and personal development, developing and implementing strategy for larger teams or the organisation. Unit 2 is about leading and managing change. It is designed to support leaders from where they’re at – to improve their leadership practice and to be more confident. Both programmes have been designed to support the individuals on the course.’
Who would you recommend the Strategic Leadership Programme to?
This course is aimed at senior managers and aspiring senior managers who have or aim to have the authority and personal inspiration to translate organisational strategy into effective operational performance. The qualification requires managers to build on their strategic management and leadership skills, as well as focusing on what is required to implement the organisation’s strategy.
How much time do people have to commit?
Both the Emerging Leadership Programme and the Strategic Leadership Programme are part-time courses, which run over 6 months. During this time participants will complete two assignments, interspersed with guided and self-directed learning. Participants must also be able to attend 5 day-workshops. Participants will benefit from discussion, tutor-input and cooperative learning. After completing the course, participants will get a CMI qualification in Management and Leadership.