We are pleased to launch our next online Civil Service Local Future Leaders Academy, which opens for applications from today and closes on 15 September. This 9 month programme will run from 3 November 2021. The time commitment is explained below.
What is the CS Local Future Leaders Academy Online (FLAO)?
The FLAO is a unique cross-departmental leadership development programme which will provide you with the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues from other government departments around the country. It includes a mix of self-discovery, personal development, team building, and leadership, designed to help develop a range of skills required to become leaders of the future. It is open to AA/AO/EO (or equivalent) grades and is for those who have shown the desire to become potential leaders of the future.
Delegates will take part in a range of learning and development sessions before working together in cross-departmental groups to identify a project that they will develop and deliver over the 9-month programme.
Why have a cross-departmental leadership development programme?
The FLAO is designed as another option for civil servants alongside existing departmental programmes. The key difference is that it is open across the whole Civil Service. This enables participants to develop skills that can be transferred between departments and establish networks to develop an appreciation of the Civil Service ‘bigger picture’. The FLAO is designed to create leadership development opportunities and to facilitate collaborative working, encouraging the sharing of good practice.
What is the commitment?
Delegates must be able to commit to the initial learning phase on the dates shown below, as well as the subsequent project work. The initial learning phase will consist of guest speakers, group workshops and reflection exercises plus approximately a further 1 hour of pre-learning per week. This will culminate in delegates pitching a project idea (as a group) to senior civil servants in a ‘dragon’s den’ scenario. Delegates will then work on their projects for the remainder of the 9-month programme.
Dates and times for initial learning phase:
Online for 6 hours per day (with breaks):
Week 1 - Wednesday 3 November 2021
Week 2 - Tuesday 9 November 2021
Week 3 - Wednesday 17 November 2021
Week 4 - Wednesday 24 November 2021
Week 5 - Wednesday 1 December 2021
Break - Wednesday 8 December 2021
Week 6 - Wednesday 15 December 2021
Dates for follow up project work:
2 to 3 days per month December 2021 to 31 July 2022. That time may be spent face-to-face or on a virtual basis, depending on the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the locations of the group members.
Middle and end of Academy
There will be 1 day sessions to share progress and celebrate achievements. Dates to be confirmed.
Who can apply?
Any UK Civil Servant at AA, AO, EO grade (or equivalent)
Is there a cost?
There is no charge for attending the FLAO, but if there are any travel and subsistence costs during the year, then these must be met by the delegate’s department.
How do I apply?
You must complete an online application form and obtain your line manager’s endorsement. Please click on the link below to obtain the application pack.
What is the deadline for applications?
The deadline for applications is 11:59pm on 15 September 2021 - please ensure you follow the instructions in the application pack for returning the information.
The initial phase of the FLAO will be delivered on a range of IT platforms including MS Teams, Vimeo & Youtube. If access is not possible on your work device, you should consider and discuss with your line manager the use of a personal device to participate.
If you have any questions or are unable to access the application pack then please email firstname.lastname@example.org