A group of Barnet Council `Children and Family Services` managers graduated from Middlesex University last week after successfully completing a leadership and management programme – the first course of its kind.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice was exclusively designed for the challenges experienced by local councils in the current climate economic. The course equips managers with the tools to solve problems and support staff through organisational changes. This unique work based learning programme allows individuals to apply their new skills directly to the workplace.
Fifteen managers, approximately half of those who passed the programme, attended the graduation on Monday 18th July. This was held at Middlesex University’s Hendon campus, and was attended by Barnet Councillor Andrew Harper, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Families who congratulated the managers on their success. The ceremony was also attended by the Director for Education, Children and Families, Robert McCulloch-Graham.
Dr Mary Hartog, Head of Human Resources Management at Middlesex University, who helped create the course, said: “Managers are facing tougher challenges than ever before, so it is vital that they feel supported in leading their staff through this. The standard of the course’s first ever graduates has been excellent and the graduation was a great chance to celebrate their hard work.”
The course’s innovative ‘action learning’ process helped participants to study their own leadership actions within their teams in order to improve performance. This helped the managers to analyse current issues facing them in their work, look at alternative options and improve the performance and skills of themselves and their teams.
Councillor Andrew Harper, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Families said: “My warmest congratulations go to those members of staff who have worked hard to gain such a worthwhile qualification. With tough financial challenges facing the council over the coming years, it is important we have a management structure in place which is well equipped to lead the organisation in the right direction.”
David Tobin, Head of Performance and Data management, Children and Family Services, who completed the course said: “The course gave me the time to reflect on my current practice, identify my strengths and areas for further development. Working on my project has already brought about improvements”.
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