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Hampshire Own Grown entry requirements


We are looking for:

Individuals who through their mindset, skills and behaviours demonstrate the highest level of potential to drive and inspire future organisational performance, and public service as a whole

Highly-motivated and resilient, you’ll be expected to commit fully to offering your best to the programme, be open to feedback and different ways of working, and to take responsibility for your own development.

To join the programme you need to have a thorough understanding of the vision and aims for your department, and awareness of the ‘line of sight’ to wider organisational priorities and values.

It’s also important that you are able to demonstrate business and organisational awareness, leadership and self awareness.


Summary of requirements:

Aspiring Leaders (usually in specialist roles, or in supervisory or middle management roles).

Future Leaders (usually in senior specialist or leadership roles, reporting into Departmental management teams).

  • Demonstrate strong leadership, courage and quality of thought.
  • Approach fast-paced transformational change in a way that inspires and engages staff and stakeholders.
  • Highly motivated, resilient, and self-aware.
  • Innovative and willing to challenge.
  • Business and politically aware.
  • Proven track record of delivering quality outcomes for Hampshire.
  • High future potential – ability to develop and apply  leadership skills beyond technical specialism.
  • Demonstrate same ability and potential as the Future Leaders, at supervisory or management level or will move to this level next in career.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership, courage and quality of thought.
  • Drive fast-paced transformational change in a way that inspires and engages staff and stakeholders.
  • Highly motivated, resilient, and self-aware.
  • operating in complex context with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Innovative and willing to challenge.
  • Business and politically aware.
  • Proven track record of delivering quality outcomes for Hampshire and leading or influencing others to improve outcomes.
  • High future potential – ability to apply leadership skills beyond technical specialism.
  • Demonstrate same ability and potential as Aspiring Leaders, current role involves leading others either as direct line manager or through technical expertise. Next career level likely to be senior leadership or lead professional role.

Assessment areas (HCC staff only):

Applicants for Aspiring Leaders and Future Leaders will be assessed by their department based on their application form, and at the Development Centre by Hampshire Learning Centre and managers in the business. Four of the assessment areas focus on HCC’s new competencies (‘real expectations), see the Transforming the Council through You web pages for more information.

You’ll be assessed on:
  1. Current performance
  2. Delivering quality services
  3. Being effective
  4. Building professional excellence
  5. Improving and transforming.

In addition, to be eligible to apply for the programme, you must:

  • have the support of your current line manager and your departmental panel
  • be working within the organisation at the appropriate grade (usually E,F,G for Aspiring Leaders and G, H/I+ for Future Leaders*)
  • have consistently met annual performance targets and goals to a high standard, with appropriate behaviours.

*Note that we actively encourage well evidenced applications from people working outside of these grades. For an informal discussion, please contact vickie.birnie@hants.gov.uk.

G grade staff will usually form part of the Aspiring Leaders group, but can specify on their application forms where they wish to be considered for the Future Leaders' group. For more information, see the FAQs section of this site.

Note that the total time commitment required from participants is approx. 26 days from July 2014 to April 2015. You must ensure you are available for the programme dates outlined on this site.