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Strategi Solutions CEO Wendy Dean, left, with Victoria Harte, Managing Director of Axia Solutions.
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Unique Senior Leader Apprenticeship aimed at women launched to support aspiring female leaders

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A pioneering business consultancy and a training provider have joined forced to launch a new programme designed to ignite female talent and unlock their higher potential. 

Strategi Solutions and Axia Solutions have created the first Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship aimed at women, developed especially for those transitioning into senior or strategic management roles who are looking to advance their leadership skills. 

Participants will learn the essential skills to harness their strengths and translate them into a unique and powerful leadership style that can thrive in any environment, especially one where women are in the minority. 

Victoria Harte, Managing Director at Stoke-on-Trent-based Axia Solutions, said: “Too often, women report that they lack confidence and esteem to progress to senior roles. Wendy and I want to change that. We have a role to play in creating the next generation of leadership talent. 

“The programme has been created in a way that enables learning, confidence and change. The inspirational modules and areas of learning will cover a wealth of aspects including Person Effectiveness and Inspiration, Forward Looking Leadership, Ethical and Sustainable Leadership, Driving Business Performance, Finance, Governance and Procurement, and Working with Stakeholders.” 

Completed over 14 months, plus an End Point Assessment, the programme is fully funded through The Apprenticeship Levy for large employers with a wage bill over £3 million. For smaller employers, the cost is five per cent (£700) of the standard £14,000 apprenticeship training fee, with the Government funding the remainder. 

Participants are expected to join a monthly in-person session, totalling 12 sessions, at Strategi’s offices in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Modules will be taught through a combination of workshops and masterclasses led by programme leads Helen Bailey and Lindsay Johnstone.

There will be a variety of guest speakers, in addition to one-to-one coaching in the workplace. Alongside these modules, participants will also engage in a live project titled ‘My Story’ to showcase and demonstrate their acquired skills in readiness for assessment by the CMI – Chartered Management Institute. 

Wendy Dean, CEO of Strategi Solutions, said: “This programme provides women with the unique opportunity to be mentored by senior leaders with considerable experience in working within organisations of varying sizes. 

“The course mentors have been carefully selected for their extensive business experience, leadership capability and commitment to meaningful development. 

Hayley Johnson

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