A new training course for entrepreneurs in Lochaber will be launched next week during the local chamber of commerce’s annual Ideas Week.
The year-long One Lochaber Leadership Development Programme will lead to an accredited qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management (CMI) for successful participants.
The scheme has been developed by Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, which said it had been “specifically designed to fully equip local business leaders with the capability to develop their teams to meet the challenges of an uncertain future”.
The training, which will involve a series of specially structured seminars and one-to-one workshops, will be delivered for the organisation by management trainers Ethos Consulting.
Next Wednesday the first session of the scheme, a workshop entitled Volatile; Uncertain; Complex and Ambiguous (Vuca), will also be open to anyone interested who has not signed up for the scheme, as part of the chamber’s Lochaber Ideas Week programme.
Lochaber Chamber of Commerce chief executive Frazer Coupland said: “We live in a world of fast change and information overload.To thrive companies must continuously adapt their products and services. But how can you prepare for a future you can’t predict?
“I strongly suggest that all Lochaber business leaders sign up to our interactive Vuca workshop from our expert trainers at Ethos Consulting. As a delegate you will be given the tools to navigate this new business world; and find out a lot about yourself and your business in the process.
“We hope the business leaders who do sign up will then be inspired to join our One Lochaber Leadership Programme for the rest of the year.”
Successful completion of the scheme will see participants receive a level five award in leadership and management and credits towards the CMI’s chartered manager award.
This year’s Lochaber Ideas Week starts on Monday, with business workshops and networking events.
Next Wednesday, former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Steel will deliver the annual Charles Kennedy Lecture, at the Ben Nevis Hotel, in Fort William.
Other events include the Lochaber Tourism Summit, at the Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe, and a gala dinner.