Have you got what it takes to be a future leader of Nottingham?
Future Leaders of Nottingham (FLN) has helped over 50 Nottinghamshire residents fast-track their careers and now we’re looking for more future leaders to take part.
The unique professional development programme was launched in 2016 with the aim of making leadership in the city more diverse and representative of the communities it represents.
Applications are now open for 2019 and we’re keen for ambitious people who work in Nottinghamshire, in the public, private or voluntary sectors to apply. To make leadership more diverse and representative, we’re specifically interested in applications from people who are Black, Asian or another ethnic minority, people living with a disability, or people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or other gender or sexual identities.
To allow talented applicants from all sectors to apply, there’s a sliding scale of fees to make the programme affordable for non-profit organisations and social entrepreneurs.
Future Leaders selected to take part in the programme get access to a range of masterclasses and practical workshops run by leading experts on a range of topics, plus one-to-one coaching and mentoring from senior leaders in the city.
Future Leaders also get a chance to work on ‘live projects’ as a group. For example, the current cohort of Future Leaders are working on three projects exploring positive defiance in high fly-tipping areas, a leadership programme for young people, and community provision for Universal Credit recipients and those experiencing financial hardship.
Throughout the programme, participants get the opportunity to attend events, conferences and training, including a behind-the-scenes tour of Nottingham’s leading organisations and infrastructure.
At the end of the programme, Future Leaders are invited to join its Steering Group, to help shape the direction of the programme and select applicants in future years. There’s also a growing alumni network that actively shares opportunities and continues to support each other – year after year.
Future Leader April Chung, Finance Manager at Imara, said:
“Future Leaders has grown me more than I could ever imagine, the knowledge and learning I’ve gained has given me the confidence and the resources to develop myself, and also the tools to grow my organisation. I’ve made long lasting friendships, it’s been such a valuable experience and I would recommend this programme to anyone.”
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We recently caught up with Holly James to get her insights on the benefits of Future Leaders of Nottingham Programme.