Kier originally approached Create the Space to deliver a Programme for First Line Managers
Tim completed an ILM level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management. The programme was delivered over an 8-month period and was made up of seven face-to-face modules. These modules saw the learners understand more about themselves and their impact on others, and how they can best lead others. The programme also considered what they can do to lead a safety culture in the workplace, manage their team, be more commercially aware, and look at business improvement techniques.
We spoke to Tim about why he choose to complete this course and how it has helped him develop. Tim’s current role is as a Site Supervisor to a diverse workforce. Tim’s line manager suggested this course to him as part of his personal development, as he consider it would help him to improve and enhance his leadership skills. Tim considered it a great opportunity to gain the tools he needed to become a more effective First Line Manager.
When Tim started the course, he wasn’t 100% sure of what it required from him. He took the Insights Discovery Profile before the course began and was amazed at the results and how well it had matched him and his preferences.
One of the most enjoyable parts of the course for Tim was meeting other employees from different divisions within Kier. Even though they all worked in different roles they all faced similar challenges. Tim feels like he has made some great new friends at the company that he may never have had the opportunity to meet if he hadn’t participated in the course.
During the programme, Tim found he had to take himself outside of his comfort zone and experience new situations. This has allowed his confidence to grow, his knowledge to expand and his leadership style to develop. He’s learnt how important it is to develop good working relationships with people, to be tolerant and more understanding of others view points, and work together as a team.
To get the most out of this course, you need to start with an open mind. Take the time to get to know the other course participants as they will provide a superb support network. Don’t let your assignments build up, plan your schedule and stick to it, don’t put yourself under undue pressure. Finally, engage with your mentor, they are there to help you, keep you on track and complete the programme.
Tim had to communicate his Business Improvement Plan to his colleagues and some of the senior management team and this stands out as one of his best moments. He was nervous to begin with as this was totally outside of his comfort zone but once he got talking his nerves disappeared and he received some supportive and constructive feedback. It was one of his great achievements and something that he wouldn’t have been able to do before the course.