At the 2019 EOA Conference we announced three ground-breaking new learning programmes under the name “EO Learn”. These three programmes have been designed with insights from employee owned businesses by organisations who have an understanding of the sector. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis these three programs were put on hiatus but two of the three programmes are now once again open for registration.

You can find out more about the “Employee Trustee and Employee Director Training Courses” by the Employee Ownership Association and the “Leadership Apprenticeship Programmes (Level 3 and 5)” by Grant Thornton and Activate Apprenticeships below. We will update the “Leadership Succession in an Employee Owned Business” by Telos Partners & J Gadd Associates course as more information becomes available.

Employee Trustee and Employee Director Training Courses by the Employee Ownership Association

Taking on the role of Employee Trustee or Employee Director as a business transitions into Employee Ownership can be a little daunting at first, particularly for candidates without prior experience in a trustee role. Because of demand for support in this area, the EOA is now offering a course on “How to be an Effective Employee Director or Employee Trustee”.

This highly practical course will provide new Employee Trustees and Employee Directors with a solid understanding of the requirements of their new role as well as demonstrating how they can maximise their performance as a trustee or director. The course will also educate new employee trustees and directors on how to understand the financial and operational reports they are likely to be presented with, while also showing how they can support the development of a successful employee ownership culture within their organisation.

With a focus on case studies and real-world examples to ensure participants can learn through practical application, this five-day digital course will be delivered by experienced Course Director Ken Lindsay.

Click here to book for future course intakes or view the course brochure.

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Leadership Apprenticeship Programmes by Grant Thornton and Activate Apprenticeships (Level 3 and 5)

Activate Business School, Grant Thornton and the Employee Ownership Association have designed two exciting leadership programmes that are fully apprenticeship funded and beginning online this Autumn!

Both programmes are leadership and management apprenticeships and eligible for full funding in England.  Following the 15-18 month programmes, participants can gain chartered manager status and diploma from the Chartered Management Institute.  The EOA has facilitated sessions with members to support on the course design to be jointly delivered by Activate and Grant Thornton.  Programme features include:

  1. Learn with other Employee Owned organisations in facilitated workshops teaching business management and leadership principles with a peer network of managers and employee owners
  2. Online delivery with the Blue Button platform of learning materials, online workshops and discussion groups to facilitate learning in any location
  3. 1:1 skills coaching tailored around individual learning needs and demands of their role, the skills coach is focussed around developing the relevant Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours of the Standard
  4. Grant Thornton delivery of the accountancy module sharing real-world case studies and sector relevance to the participants

We are currently taking registrations from companies looking to run their own cohorts (minimum of 10) and open programmes due to begin from October with other EO organisations.  Please contact for more information.

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