Free Management & Leadership Programme For Businesses
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today announced a package of free leadership and management programmes for local businesses. The Department for Employment and Learning will provide 100% financial support to businesses and social economy enterprises that utilise the Department's leadership and management suite of programmes. The Minister said "Leadership and management skills are a key factor in fostering innovation, unlocking the potential of the workforce, increasing productivity and growing our economy. Improving our leadership and management capability is fundamental to creating a culture where more organisations have the ambition, confidence, and skills to respond to the current economic conditions and compete successfully both nationally and globally.
"The 100% financial assistance I am announcing today will support this process by creating a framework for business growth and by providing specific support to organisations. Northern Ireland businesses will now be able to train their management staff at all levels with full financial support.
"Research demonstrates that an increase of just 1% in productivity, achieved through better management, can add £200M in GDP to the Northern Ireland economy. I encourage the business sector to avail of this new package of support to help develop and grow their businesses."
The initiative will initially run to 31 March 2014 and will apply to the training costs of the DEL's Management and Leadership Development Programme (MLDP), Management Analysis and Planning Programme (MAP) and INTRO Graduate Management Programme. All MLDP programmes lead to a full or part qualification. All leadership and management training will be conducted by accredited training providers.
Details of the programmes, how to apply and eligibility criteria can are found at www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/madenotborn or contact the Management Development Branch at the Department for Employment and Learning on 028 9090 5344.
100% funding will be available through the following leadership and management training programmes:
(1) The INTRO Graduate Management Development Programme
(2) The Management and Leadership Development Programme ( MLDP)
(3) The Management Analysis and Planning programme.
2. Eligibility Criteria
(i) Programmes are available to eligible Small to Medium Enterprises and Social Economy Enterprises.
(ii) £3000 maximum funding per participant per calendar year
(iii) £7000 maximum funding per company/social enterprise per calendar year.
3. £1.5 million has been set aside for the initiative for 2013/14.