The Source webinars teaching managers ‘vital skills’ 

Some are born leaders, but most people move into management with little experience or training.

In time you may learn essential skills, but a lot can go wrong while you learn on the hoof.

“Developing bad management habits can do incredible damage to a company,” says George Elliott, an international business trainer and mentor with 30 years’ experience in retail, travel, and hospitality.

George and business partner Steve Badger have helped The Source Skills Academy develop a webinar series integral to its National Certificate of Further Education Level 2 in Team Leading course and the Level 3 in Management.

The webinars were developed during the pandemic, as the charity found innovative ways of delivering skills.

Steve, who has mentored and trained top-level managers across the sectors, said: “Before COVID-19 we always trained groups face-to face – learners get huge value from interacting with each other.

“But the webinars have a clear future alongside classroom training. During each two-hour seminar we look at the scenarios learners have experienced and start discussions. They learn from each other as we guide and teach.”

There are 16 management qualification webinars, with themes including conflict management, public speaking, and decision-making, and 11 for team leaders, from developing work relationships to the basics of coaching and mentoring. They can be done in any order over several months, and from home or office.

Said Steve: “The beauty of the webinar is its flexibility. One guy on the course had his baby asleep across his knees!”

Dale Robinson, the Source’s director of business development, said: “Many businesses restructuring after lockdowns are promoting people to management. It’s vital they get the skills to do the job well.

“Our expert tutors are equipping managers and team-leaders with a toolbox of skills and full funding can be gained for these qualifications.”

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Find out about apprenticeships in half-term

Young people can use their half-term break to shape the rest of their lives…

The Source is staging an open week from October 25-29 so school and college students can call in and find out how to get into apprenticeships and training.

All are welcome. Schools from Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley have been invited and The Source also wants to help students planning to opt out of sixth form or college courses.

More than 75 local apprenticeship jobs will be available, in IT, admin and office skills, customer service, hospitality, warehousing, marketing and social care.

Specialist staff from The Source will be on hand to give advice, link people with employers and arrange interviews and a ground floor IT suite will be available for anyone wanting to search for jobs or prepare CVs.

For more information or to apply for a vacancy, contact Amanda Smith on 0114 2635721.