About the Leaders Plus Fellowship
The Leaders Plus Fellowship will equip you with the essential tools and support you need to thrive at work whilst still enjoying time with your family.
Over the course of 9 months, the Fellowship will help guide you as you develop and refine what works for you when it comes to progressing your career and balancing a happy home.
From the very beginning, you'll get support from a courageous community of peers who are also juggling work and parenthood, plus expert guidance from your own dedicated career mentor.
Throughout the Programme, you'll be inspired by new ideas from industry thought leaders and access a variety of masterclasses to help with some of the practical challenges that arise day-to-day.
By the time your 9 months is complete, you'll be a confident leader and an empowered working parent thanks to the skills and techniques you've learned from the Fellowship.
Below is a short overview of what you can expect as part of the programme.
The next cohort will begin in October 2020 and the Programme will run until June 2021.
The Fellowship is a virtual Programme and we use video conferencing software that allows you to speak to others in small groups. Every session has a reference to a theoretical framework and/or the latest research about career progression and is delivered in a structured format that is easy to follow
As part of the Fellowship, you will be carefully matched with a dedicated mentor who will guide you during your time on the Programme. All our mentors have lived experience of combining a senior leadership career with having an active role in raising young children.
Our speakers are carefully selected and are experts at facilitating life-changing conversations. Each session is based on the latest research and includes practical application on how to apply this to your own career – sessions are described by one Fellow as ‘life-changing’!
Peer Support Network
Through the Fellowship you will have access to a lifelong and powerful peer support network of like-minded professional men and women, all from different backgrounds and across a range of sectors. Our incisive questioning means you quickly connect as a group and continue to develop relationships that have a lasting impact far beyond the Programmes end.
We know how challenging it can be juggling caring for your baby and your career. That’s why all our Fellowship events and workshops are ‘baby-friendly’ and it is not a problem if they are with you during our sessions. Gurgling, crying, and giggling are absolutely allowed!
Space and Time to Think
The Fellowship provides important space and time away from work and family life to practice self-reflection. Together with your dedicated mentor, you will visualise the aspirations you have for combining career and family and define the practical steps you need to take to get there.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME?
Can you answer 'yes' to the following questions?
- Are you a parent?
- Have you got a child in Primary school, or a toddler or baby? (The programme is also accessible during maternity leave, shared parental leave or adoption leave)
- Are you passionate about continuing to develop your career?
- Are you willing to support other parents on the programme to continue to develop their career whilst enjoying their children?
- Is your current or last role a job with significant responsibility, i.e. a management or leadership role?
- Can you commit a small amount of time alongside your work and childcare to devote to the Fellowship Programme?
If you answered 'yes' to all of the above then you can apply now!
HOW MUCH DOES THE FELLOWSHIP COST?
- Standard fee: £2999 + VAT (this is reduced to £2899 plus VAT if 3 Fellows or more apply successfully from one organisation)
- Reduced fees for charities and small employers as defined by Companies House: £2590 + VAT
- Reduced price for self-funders: £1999.00 + VAT (limited number of spaces available)
Payment plans are available on request for individuals in challenging circumstances.
For information on the Institute of Physics Carers’ Fund click here.
If you are a potential applicant, you may find this blog post by current Fellows helpful, they share how they got funding from their employers.
There are a number of huge benefits to employers when employees participate in the Leaders Plus Fellowship Programme. View our PowerPoint here.
We're always willing to help
If your circumstances change (particularly in relation to COVID-19, you can withdraw your place on the programme within the first 30 days of the first event and receive a full refund)
If you work for the NHS and have your study leave cancelled at short notice due to the Coronavirus at any point during the programme, you can defer to the next cohort without extra costs.