NDA shortlisted project, Future Leaders of Nottingham, has helped over 50 Nottinghamshire residents fast-track their careers and now it’s looking for more Future Leaders to take part.
The unique professional development programme was launched in 2016 to make leadership in Nottingham more diverse and representative of the communities it represents, across the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Applications for the 2019/20 programme are open until 31 May and it’s keen to hear from ambitious people who work in Nottinghamshire and want to progress and make a difference. To make leadership more diverse and representative, the programme is specifically interested in receiving 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 enable talented applicants from all sectors to apply, there’s a sliding scale of fees to make Future Leaders of Nottingham 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.
Participants also get the 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, Future Leaders have 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 the programme’s 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 Leaders of Nottingham was developed in response to the Citywide Positive Action Study 2014, which identified key gaps in diversity at board and senior management level. In 2018, it was shortlisted for a NDA award, making it to the final shortlist of 124, from 24,584 nominations.
Future Leaders of Nottingham is coordinated by The Renewal Trust, a community development trust working in Nottingham, in partnership with some of the city’s leading employers, including Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Nottingham City Homes, Communities Inc, Futures and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service (NFRS) have gone on to be nominated in this year’s NDAs, in the Diverse Company of the Year category, for the work they’re doing to improve the diversity of their workforce, including their involvement with Future Leaders of Nottingham.
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.”
Find out more about the Future Leaders of Nottingham programme and apply before 31 May – link to: www.bit.ly/FLNottm