Leadership & Management Wales

NTfW collaborate with Leadership & Management Wales School to complete an exciting research programme into the lack of L&M development in Micro Organisations Pan Wales

As a result of relationships established between NTfW and Leadership & Management Wales, (LMW) made during the Cardiff 14-19 QCFW Young leaders pilot programme in 2010/11, NTfW was approached by Dr Barrie Kennard from LMW to complete a research exercise to assist in highlighting barriers in relation to Leadership & Management CPD within micro organisations Pan Wales. LMW are keen to establish quantative research into the lack of uptake of funded L&M courses and general L&M development by Micro organisations in Wales. Whilst they can potentially analyse and access this information and source comment from SME employers and corporate businesses, Micro organisations are more difficult to reach. The bid to complete this research, submitted by Clara Weekley and sponsored by NTfW was favoured by LMW and the project was approved and commenced in September 2011 until with the aim to publish results in May 2011.

Objective

The objective is for NTfW to complete a case study/interview / information gathering exercise on the definitive reasoning behind the lack of uptake on L&M CPD within micro organisations linked to existing Work Based learning providers. LMW see NTfW as the ideal vehicle to gather the required information so that they can present quantative and not anecdotal information at Ministerial level. It is anticipated that this report will highlight the requirement for funding of modular, fit for purpose type qualifications and awards for Micro businesses specifically.
This is a self funded project and financed fully by LMW. Clara Weekley will be completing the project on a self employed consultant basis. The length of the project will span from September 2011 to May 2012. During this time it is hoped that members will support the project fully and consult with Clara on providing links to micro businesses/employers, contributing to focus groups and to disseminate information to and from employers where appropriate.

Benefits

The benefits for members will be the opportunity to influence potential changes to future funding of L&M development and associated qualifications, which will in turn secure take up of courses from their micro sized employers. It is also a great opportunity of exposure for NTfW as a valuable organisation worthy of consultation on qualification reform at ministerial level and an ideal collaboration between the HE and WBL sectors. Clara will be attending regional meetings to update members and will also be communicating directly with members to consult on the project over the coming months

Anticipated Outcomes

It is hoped that the overall outcome will highlight the barriers of L&M development for Micro organisations, employers and businesses Pan Wales and to identify mechanisms that can be put in place to remove these barriers and increase accessibility and uptake. It is anticipated that following this research WG will work with LM Wales and NTfW to support the breakdown of these barriers and enable learning providers to assist Micro organisations to develop themselves and their staff into higher level qualifications and general Leadership and Management development.

Full details of the project outline are available. Please contact Clara Weekley Email: clara.weekley@ntfw.org for further details and expressions of interest to be involved in associated activities.
For further details on LMW and their activities, funding opportunities and support available please visit www.lmw.org.uk