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15 February 2008
BDC collaborate to design Management Development Programme
A new and exciting partnership between Cobalt Housing Limited and LJMU was recently launched.
Chris Edwards of the Business Development Centre and Dr Jo Meehan of the Liverpool Business School have worked closely with Cobalt's Management Team to design a Management Development Programme for the organisation.
Cobalt Housing, a member of the Vicinity Group, is a Registered Social Landlord. Its staff team of 100 members manage, maintain and improve over 6000 affordable homes for rent in north-eastern Liverpool. Through its work, the organisation aims to address the social, economic and environmental aspects of communities and be a key player in neighbourhood regeneration
Following a general enquiry call to the Business Development Centre's 'hot line' number, a meeting between Cobalt's Senior Management Team and LJMU explored the potential for creating a development programme for 26 managers who have different roles across the organisation, diverse backgrounds and a varied range of qualifications.
This has resulted in a programme of training and development, which will take place between February and November 2008, comprising six modules: Strategic Management, Action Leadership and Team Development, Creative Teams and Problem Solving, Assertive Communication, Managing Stress, and Business Writing and Reporting.
The majority of the modules will be delivered at Kingsway House. Two modules, Assertive Communication and Creative Teams and Problem Solving, will be making use of the unique facilitation methods and cutting-edge technology of LJMU's The Automatic.
The first stage of the programme was a half-day launch event, held in the Roscoe Room, attended by all delegates and members of the LJMU delivery team, including Gareth Price, Dr Yvonne Moogan, and Dr Aileen Lawless. The event saw Dave Lambert present on the rationale for the programme and Dr Jo Meehan outline what delegates could expect of LJMU and what, in turn, LJMU would expect of them.
Discussion took place around the content and deliverables of each of the programme's modules and the embedding of the learning once the programme was completed.
Delegates also undertook tasks designed to increase awareness and understanding of each others roles and the varying priorities, constraints and challenges impacting on their particular working lives.
The event marked the start of what is hoped will be a strong partnership between the LJMU delivery team and Cobalt's management team - and the first step of a custom-designed programme, which promises to achieve positive outcomes for Cobalt Housing.