You can find out more about the “How to be an Effective Employee Director or Employee Trustee” course by the Employee Ownership Association and the “Leadership Apprenticeship Programmes (Level 3 and 5)” by Grant Thornton and Activate Apprenticeships below.

We have also recently added to our selection of courses with the addition of “How To Be An Empowering Leader Or Manager In An EO Business” in partnership with Telos and J Gadd Associated which you can read about below.

"How To Be An Empowering Leader Or Manager In An EO Business"

Telos and J Gadd Associates, in partnership with the EOA, have developed a programme to equip leaders and managers with the right tools and mindset to drive success in an employee-owned business.

This course will support leaders and managers in employee owned businesses to foster and develop a growth mindset, as well as engage, inspire and empower employees. Delegates will gain confidence and capability in core leadership skills and gather insight into how to unlock the potential of employee ownership to create high-performing teams.

The course will provide an immersive personal development programme of 5 virtual half-day sessions over three months consisting of a mixture of sharp, focused input, practical application and facilitated reflection on real experiences to bring the learning to life.

Effective management and leadership are essential to driving long term organisational performance and productivity.

However, management and leadership in an employee-owned business requires a different approach to that seen in other ownership structures and the EOA is delighted to invite you or your colleagues to participate in this new course, specifically aimed at manager and leaders in employee-owned businesses.

The Ownership Dividend report in 2018 evidenced that when then the interests of leaders and employee owners are aligned it unites them behind a common purpose allowing them to innovate, flex and demonstrate resilience. From this, good leadership was identified as one of the three key building blocks of good employee ownership, bringing to life good governance and good communications and engagement.

Beyond the transition to employee-ownership, there is a transformative process that needs leaders that have a mindset that embraces change, encourages innovation, promotes learning, builds resilience, and delivers growth in themselves and others.

Find out more about the course in the brochure here.

Book your place here.

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“How to be an Effective Employee Director or Employee Trustee" 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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