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the process of future planning will be neglected. The ECA has supported and encouraged the

development of its members’ firms for more than 100 years so, having identified the problem, we felt it was important to provide them with access to a relevant and high-quality means of bringing modern business management skills into their teams.

Our solution Earlier this year we launched the ECA Management Development Programme – a suite of units that form a two-stage (supervisory and management) programme, designed to give individuals the tools they need to develop into a management role. With the full support of the ECA membership, the

programme was developed by the ECA education and training department and Jaluch – a team of HR, training and development specialists who regularly work with the ECA and who possess a good understanding not only of managerial matters, but of the environment in which ECA companies operate. We believe we have come up with an effective way

for a company to unlock the potential of employees who are ripe for development into a managerial role, and a means for their employer to reap the benefit of better management and business skills within their organisation.

Why it’s ideal As with any development programme, employers and individuals will need to fully engage with it if they are to maximise the benefit. Training can be daunting for many candidates, and never more so than when based on development outside of their present area of competence. For their part, employers find that time and costs are often a barrier. We have tried to address these concerns when designing the programme, and the feedback we’ve collected to date confirms that this route has much to recommend it:

We have come up with an effective way for a company to unlock the potential of employees who are ripe for development into a managerial role

n It is tailored to meet the needs of the industry; n It is fully funded for ECA members; n It has been awarded Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Registered Centre approval;

n There is the option to gain a CMI formal qualification, with an additional incentive grant of up to £500 for ECA companies who take it up;

n It is delivered by a team of expert and popular trainers from Jaluch;

n It generates excellent candidate and employer feedback;

n It can be designed to suit firms of all sizes; n It is delivered in a friendly and informal classroom environment, using a variety of learning methods; and

n The course covers a varied set of interesting and relevant management topics.

You can see for yourself by watching a five-minute video on the programme at

Management excellence We’re delighted that the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has accredited the programme. The CMI is the UK’s sole chartered body involved in promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence and its endorsement means that, even for those who don’t opt to pursue the CMI Award at the end, there is the assurance that undertaking this programme is time well spent. Optional progression to the CMI Award works to

Learning curve: the programme has been tailored to the specific needs of the industry

provide formal recognition for the skills developed in the ECA programme stages, so each has been designed to include the learning outcomes of the corresponding CMI Level 2 Introductory Certificate in Team Leading and the CMI Level 3 Introductory Certificate in Management, respectively. Gaining the CMI qualification calls for a bit of extra

cost and commitment from candidates and employers, because they must be registered with the Institute and carry out an additional assessment back in the workplace – so, in recognition of this, the ECA Training Fund also pays a £250 incentive grant per stage to an ECA employer when the CMI certificate is awarded.

Progress and feedback In many ways this programme is new territory for the ECA and indeed for the industry, so we are particularly interested in how the candidates fare after the programme – and in what their employers have to say. So far we’ve run the programme in five ECA regions and a significant number of candidates have opted to obtain the CMI qualification.

‘I heard about this course through an email sent to my boss about the ECA’s new supervisors’ training course, and I’ve been going in that direction so I was very keen to learn about it. It’s been really good and I would

definitely advise anybody to do it. If you’re someone who wants to get better and be a supervisor, or to learn

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