Leadership college to bridge the skills gap

Alan
Johnson, the minister for lifelong learning, has launched a leadership college
to help build management skills, improve diversity and address the lack of
senior managers in the learning sector.

Johnson
opened the Centre for Excellence in Leadership, which has been established to
provide leaders and managers within the learning and skills sector with new and
innovative programmes and services to support them in leading their
institutions.

At
the launch of the college, Johnson said there was an urgent need for leadership
training as almost half the senior mangers in the sector were due to retire in
the next 10 to 15 years, and they were predominantly white and male.

"I
believe that the centre will be a catalyst in tackling these problems, boosting
leadership skills and creating clear development pathways for the people who
will be our next generation of leaders," said Johnson.

www.inspirelearning.org.uk

By Michael Millar

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