Stepping Up: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic leadership development

1. What it is

Stepping Up is a positive action programme aimed at improving the representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic employees in senior leadership roles within Bristol and the wider area.

Stepping Up has been designed in partnership with employers to create a talent pool of future leaders who more readily reflect the community in multi-cultural Bristol but may not have had up to now the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

2. How it works

Stepping Up will offer:

  • Participation in the 12 month accelerated leadership programme, with 5 key modules
  • Access to ILM Level 5 certificate in Management and Leadership (optional)
  • Mentoring and coaching support
  • Access to citywide networks
  • Undertaking a stretch assignment in another sector

Programme participants will remain in their role but will be given the opportunity to be released for the development activities for a total of 30 development dates over a 12 month period.

3. Who can apply

The programme is currently aimed at people from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background who currently work at a team leader or middle management level.

There are no age restrictions or a base level of qualification however some leadership experience is expected.

As a useful guide, the traits which the programme is looking for prospective applicants to demonstrate are:

  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Negotiation and influence

4. How to apply

Apply on our jobs website between 11 December and 28 December 2017. 

Bristol City Council employees don't need to ask for line manager approval to apply.

Applicants from outside the council will be expected to have either been nominated by their employer, or the applicant has told their employer of their intention to apply.

5. Timeline

Important dates to remember:

  • 11 December 2017: application window opens
  • 28 December  2017: midnight: application window closes
  • 11 January 2018: applicant interviews
  • 5  January 2018: applicants notified of interview outcomes
  • 22 and 23 January 2018: programme begins for successful applicants

6. Development days

The 30 programme development days over 12 months consists of four types of activity:

  • 10 days will be used to provide face to face learning sessions, individual and group, that cover the five programme modules (two days each). Participants will also hear the thoughts of key speakers from the programmes consortium of supporting employers.
  • 15 days will be dedicated to a stretch assignment that will consist of a project or consultancy in another organisation. A training contract will be agreed to provide the participant with an assignment that is beyond their current knowledge or skills with the aim of stretching their development. The participant will be given the opportunity to present their assignment to the employer’s senior management board.
  • Two days of peer learning where participants will meet their peers to discuss learning challenges.
  • Three days of mentoring with an individual selected from outside the participant’s organisations. The sessions will be a mix of face to face, mobile, skype and email contact.

7. ILM Level 5 certificate

This qualification develops leadership skills and is aimed at people preparing to move into senior management roles.

Stepping Up employers may offer participants the qualification as part of their development over the course of the programme.

To achieve this qualification, participants will require:

  • To achieve 13 credits (3-5 courses) from the list of 30+ management and leadership courses.
  • Complete one written work based assignment of 9-10 pages.
  • Use the stretch assignment as a work based assignment.
  • Commit to 4-6 hours of self-study per week to complete the qualification within 6 months.

8. Mentoring and coaching

Programme participants will be matched with an external mentor from an organisation other than their employer. Further information will be provided to applicants during the introduction to the programme in January 2018.

Employers may also introduce internal mentoring or shadowing at their discretion.

Coaching opportunities may also be available through the NHS Coaching Network and Coaching Providers. Access will depend on an individual’s needs as identified in the personal development plan each participant will gain on starting the programme.

9. The role of employers

Employers play a major part of the Stepping Up programme and will benefit greatly from the talent development gains.

Stepping Up currently has over 30 employers committed to nominating employees and providing the necessary support to meet the aims of the programme. Whilst there is no expectation that employers develop new roles to accommodate successful programme participants, the employer will benefit from a talent pool with the skills and qualifications developed by the programme.

Line managers are invited to attend an introductory workshop on 23 January 2018 to learn more about the programme and the benefits to their organisation. The programme also encourages line managers and participants to engage regularly about the activity and learning to ensure employers remain fully informed of their employees development.

10. Further information event

All prospective programme participants are invited to a briefing on 20 November 2017, 1:30 to 3:00 pm at City Hall.  

Please email if you wish to attend.

It's not an essential requirement of the programme to attend this briefing event.