Staff of York College & University Centre are ‘Leading with Ambition’
Our annual internal development programme, Leading with Ambition, gave opportunity to York College & University staff, from various areas of the college’s curriculum and professional services, to develop their leadership and management skills.
The programme, which is aimed at new and aspiring leaders, guided the employees through various units including; coaching and personal reflection, the principles of leadership & management and understanding York College operations.
Alongside the modules that the group studied, the Leading with Ambition programme gave the individuals the opportunity to identify a process in College, which could be improved upon. With the support of their coaches and the emphasis being on enhancing the student experience, the group took turns to share their findings, suggestions, and implementations to the College’s Strategic Leadership Team.
This spring, the employees successfully completed the programme and were presented with a certificate and gift from Chief Executive and Principal, Lee Probert.
Katy Holmes – Marketing Officer
Vicky Horton – Deputy Head of Humanities, Languages & Social Science
Maureen Kildin – Health, Care & Education Tutor
Harpal Sambhi – Construction Tutor
"Taking part in the Leading with Ambition programme was an amazing opportunity to take ownership of a project and make a difference to York College & University Centre. Leading with Ambition also taught me the theory behind the knowledge and skills needed to become a better leader.
"This course has really challenged me to think outside the box and has given me the opportunity to network and collaborate with professionals inside and outside the organisation."
"The Leading with Ambition programme has been an invaluable experience. It has given me the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across different curriculum areas and professional services, and work on an exciting project which has enhanced the student experience.
"It has been great to get an insight into leadership and management at College and having the chance to be coached by a senior member of staff has helped me reflect on my current role and skills."
"Leading with Ambition has helped me to improve my own practice. It has also encouraged me to recognise the different elements of leadership and how I can make my team stronger and therefore our students happier."
"After spending six months looking at the roles of leadership, styles of management , HR essentials and many other roles within leadership and management, I have taken away some beneficial knowledge that I can apply to my role at York College & University Centre."