Developing a Leadership and Management Programme Despite the Pandemic

One of our strategic priorities at Milton Keynes College is to develop and strengthen the leadership and management capability within our organisation.  We were keen to offer this to a diverse range of employees for both existing managers and aspiring managers.  We contacted The Red Thread Partnership and discussed our plans with the managing director, Freddie Guilmard.  He understood our direction and suggested that we incorporate the ‘World Class Manager’ online module programme into our plans.  Subsequently, he worked with us to roll out and implement the 12 modules for 2 cohorts of colleagues.  Despite being unable to meet face to face due to the pandemic, the launch workshop was great fun as Freddie brought his enthusiasm, energy and dynamism through the Zoom screen and got us all having conversations, and making foil ‘mascots’ to represent the programme.

What we have really appreciated in working with The Red Thread Partnership, is the flexibility to organise the online WCM modules to fit with our programme and planned delivery, as well as the ongoing support and contact to ensure that our colleagues continue to be stretched and challenged.  We have 24 engaged and enthusiastic people exploring their knowledge and skills of leadership and management.

Ali Murphy – Senior People Services Partner, MK College