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New training scheme aims to tackle poor management skills

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The Higher Futures team, with Jo Mills centreThe Higher Futures team, with Jo Mills centrePoor management skills in the workplace are largely responsible for the UK’s productivity problem, according to the Chartered Management Institute.

The chief executive of the body, Ann Francke, said recently that underqualified leaders are to blame for the productivity problem, which sees the UK lagging behind the rest of the G7, and struggling to recover from the financial crisis.

“The UK invests less money in training managers than its competitors do, and as a result performs poorly in this area by comparison,” she told City AM earlier this month.

“Thanks to this endemic lack of training, we’ve become a nation of “accidental managers,” where four out of five first-time managers have not received proper training.

“The result? Low productivity, absenteeism and a host of other issues that cost the UK economy £84 bn per year.”

Now, training initiative Higher Futures has teamed up with the University of South Wales to offer businesses leaders in Swindon and Wiltshire an ILM Level 4 certificate in leadership and management.

The eight-day course, which begins in late November and runs in four two-day modules, offers training in leadership skills, marketing and sales, project management, and finance and presentation.

The course costs £960, which can be paid in instalments.

Jo Mills, employer and skills broker at The Higher Futures Hub said: "We are working closely with businesses to develop the leadership and management skills of the workforce in Swindon and Wiltshire.

“Strong leadership skills are needed at all levels of an organisation, not just at the very top - well trained managers can increase the productivity of an organisation significantly."

Higher Futures was established by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership to address the university level skills gaps in Swindon and Wiltshire.