A project which has helped to develop the managers of the future in Norfolk and Suffolk has been hailed as a triumph.
In total, 279 employees received training in leadership and management training through the Emerging Leaders programme, which was funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and supported by further education colleges in the New Anglia LEP.
The project headed up by the College of West Anglia (CWA) is in line with the LEP’s economic strategy which emphasises the need to support businesses in raising skills levels.
Partners worked together to support 90 employers, all of which were small to medium enterprises, with 62 being micro businesses. They were from a wide range of sectors, including 30 from the care industry and 11 from manufacturing.
Many of those who took part achieved more than one unit of development and more than 600 certificates were handed out across the board. During the programme, more than 27% of participants took on additional responsibilities at work, while a further 9% gained a promotion after it ended.
Other FE institutions involved in the project were West Suffolk College, City College Norwich, Suffolk New College, East Coast College and Easton and Otley College.
Chris Starkie, chief executive of New Anglia LEP, said: “Driving inclusion and skills is a key part of our economic strategy and this project has been an excellent example of how we can develop people’s skills and raise their aspirations.
“We want to ensure business have the funding and support they need to develop the future leaders who will help the region achieve its ambitions to grow.”
CWA principal David Pomfret said: “We were delighted to lead o the ESF-funded Emerging Leaders project to increase leadership skills development across Norfolk and Suffolk. We are committed to supporting local businesses by working in partnership with other FE colleges across the region to ensure their growth, in line with the New Anglia LEP economic strategy.”
Susie Massen, project manager for the ESF and work-based projects at CWA, said: “All partners involved worked hard together in an open and honest way, allowing us to realise our shared goals and values in the delivery of this project.
“This project has had an extremely positive impact on the strong partnership between the New Anglia LEP colleges who have come together to deliver an existing offer of learning and bespoke training to our local employers.”