Grant Thornton and BPP launch business mentoring apprenticeship

Grant Thornton has launched a coaching professional apprenticeship, in a bid to enhance professionalism in the role and provide employees and companies with the skills and framework to make coaching at work effective

The new programme, which has been developed with educational provider BPP, meets the requirements of the Level 5 Coaching Professional Apprenticeship Standard, which has recently been signed off for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. 

The 14-month training is designed for employees who will focus on working with a wide range of individuals and teams across organisations, to empower them to enhance their professional performance.  

The aim is to encourage people to lead in a non-directive manner, helping individuals to learn through deep listening and reflective, open questions rather than instructing, giving advice or making suggestions.

The programme costs £5,000 and eligible organisations will be able to use their apprenticeship levy to pay the entirety of this cost. The first intake for the programme will start in October 2020 and then quarterly thereafter.  

Training focusses on the philosophies of coaching, core coaching activities such as contracting, advanced listening and questioning based on neuroscience, models and theories of coaching in the workplace, developing deep emotional intelligence and equipping the coach with a toolkit to respond to a wide range of coaching scenarios. 

Justin Rix, partner and people advisory lead, Grant Thornton UK, said: ‘We have been heavily involved in the development of the new coaching professional standard and are delighted to be partnering with BPP to deliver this new programme.

‘Coaching skills can play a key role in the success of an organisation, developing a workforce and leadership team who are agile, resilient and engaged.

‘We are really excited to be working with BPP, a leading training provider, bringing together their first-rate expertise in delivering apprenticeship programmes and our extensive practical coaching experience and insight.’

Details of the coaching professional programme are here:  apprenticeships@uk.gt.com.

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