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
Some of the city’s most severely disabled children are enjoying an individually tailored journey to school – thanks to a £350,000 cash injection from the local authority.
Nottingham City Council has invested £350,000 in nine specially-adapted ambulances to transport severely disabled children to and from Oak Field School and Sports College.
A total of 16 pupils are picked up every day from areas including St Ann’s and The Meadows and taken to Oak Field, in Wigman Road, Bilborough.
The school caters for five to 18-year-olds with learning difficulties and physical disabilities, and the ambulances are designed to transport students in wheelchairs or beds if necessary.
The council previously employed a private company to run its high-dependency transport service but felt that bringing it in-house would save money over time. There is the potential for the specialist vehicles to be hired out in the day between school runs to bring in more money.
It is also felt that the authority will be able to create a high-quality service and provide flexibility to meet the specific needs of pupils.
Each fully-trained driver and escort will operate the same route each day and will transport the same two children, so will become familiar to their families and understand their individual requirements.
School headteacher David Stewart welcomed the council’s investment.
Mr Stewart said: “This is responding very effectively to changing needs of our pupils. As more and more children are with complex health needs and we need to get them to school safely and securely. We need the right sort of vehicles and the right sort of staff to get them to school.
“It’s much easier that it’s run by the local authority – all the training and all the management is better in-house and we can try and keep costs realistic in a time when we know there’s a shortage and everybody is having to tighten their belts. In the long-term it will save money.
“The vehicles are very clean, bright and fit for purpose. They are dedicated to these children. Other vehicles will go around the streets picking up children, whereas these can just come from home straight to school, so for instance, children with oxygen problems and breathing problems can be here very quickly.
“I think the children have all been very positive about the new transport – who wouldn’t want to be in a nice, bright shiny new bus?”
Councillor Sam Webster, portfolio holder for education, employment and skills at the city council, said: “This is a significant investment by the council and we’ve done it because we understand the importance of each child in the city having the opportunity to attend school every day.
“This will ultimately save the authority money at a time when our budgets are being squeezed ever more tightly – plus there is the added potential for these specially-adapted vehicles to be hired out in the hours between school drop-off and pick-up.”
Written By: Tracy Walker