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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply to the programme if I work part time?
Yes. Please note that the course is programmed for set days well in advance (see the Key dates & time commitments section of this site), in order to give you enough notice to arrange to flex which days of the week you work with your line manager.
I’m not sure of my grade?
Please check with your manager or your departmental learning and development coordinator.
Do you have to be a manager to apply for the programme?
No, it is designed to prepare you for future management and leadership roles. An ability to demonstrate leadership at whatever level you work is required (see the 'how to apply' page for person specification documents and application forms). Applicants may, however, currently manage projects, people or resources, or have done so in the past.
Do you have to have a degree / be a graduate to apply for the programme?
No, both the Future Leaders and Graduates programme will accept relevant equivalent experience.
How much time will the programme take?
Please see the Key dates & time commitments section of this site. The programmed, elements of the programme that all are expected to attend total up to 14 days. In addition, groups and individuals must manage how much time they spend on their project work and presentation, and how much time they spend on their CMI assignments.
This will vary. Some past participants report that they have to spend some of their own time writing their CMI assignments (Eg. evenings, weekends), and that the project work can be very time consuming, particularly closer to the report and presentation deadlines. In total the programme will require a time commitment of between 20-25 days.
I am on holiday for the Development Centre dates - can I still apply?
Why are G grades included with the Graduates Programme and not the Future Leaders?
The inclusion of G grades in the Graduates programme is a pilot for 2013, and has been requested by the organisation. As expectations increase, the Graduates group will be stretched to ensure learning at the right level for G grade staff.
The Future Leaders programme is aimed at those who report into Departmental Management Teams (DMTs), and whose next role is likely to be at DMT level. G grade roles are not in this position and we do not wish to develop staff in areas where they cannot immediately apply some of their learning.