Event

Growing tomorrow's leaders

Date and time
Tuesday, 14 September 2021 -
Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Location
Online

This series provides a unique opportunity for graduates and professionals in the early stages of their careers, to learn fundamental business tools and techniques, whilst developing a network of contacts within their industry.

This workshop is part of Enscite, which is a partnership between the University of Derby and Aston University. The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

WorkshopDate
An introduction to sustainable business 14 September
Creating your USP / elevator pitch 22 September
Developing a business plan 29 September
Project management 4 October
Understanding financial information 13 October
Building business networks 25 October
Problem solving 1 November
Leading people positively 2 November

What is this series about?

The Growing Tomorrows’ Leader series has been designed specifically for graduates and professionals who are in the early stages of their career within the aerospace, automotive or rail sectors. Participants will join a series of eight workshops alongside facilitated discussion groups with their peers. This offers the opportunity to learn practical tools and techniques that can be applied within the workplace, whilst also establishing a network of contacts.

Workshops

Our workshops will offer you the tools and techniques to help you excel. Each workshop will take place online starting at 10am until 12:00 (noon). 

Wednesday 22 September, 10:00 - 12:00

This session will help you define and determine your personal Unique Selling Proposition (USP), which is something you can use within your job applications, your CV and at interviews. 

Your USP is authentic and unique to you, setting you apart from others. So, it is important that you identify what your unique selling proposition is. What makes you distinctive and different? What are your skills, knowledge, or experience that you can offer, but others can’t?  

On completion of this session, you will have a better understanding of yourself and your USP. We will look at examples of personal USP’s and give you the opportunity to reflect upon how you stand out and why you stand out. You will then be able to generate your own personal Unique Selling Proposition.  

Meet your speaker

This session will be led by Richard Mayer  who has been actively involved in marketing training and education for over 25 years. Richard has worked for a range of clients both in the UK and internationally including Microsoft, Michelin, Ford, Jaguar Landrover, JCB, Airbus, Aczo Nobel and Sony. His main interest lies in improving professional marketing standards with a focus on marketing strategy, marketing planning and execution, B2B marketing, brand management and marketing communication.

Wednesday 29 September, 10:00 - 12:00

They say that failure to plan is like planning to fail, so learning the tools and techniques to develop a business plan is essential. This module will expose you to some of the decisions that a business needs to take when starting up or subsequently when developing. It will provide ideas for increasing profits, controlling cash, improving image - to name just a few aspects of running a business. Writing a business plan encapsulates a business's longer-term objectives, estimates and forecasts.

Meet your speaker

Richard Maksymowicz is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has over 35 years of financial management experience. He has worked in both the UK and overseas, including roles in central government. Richard has been a financial management consultant for 12 years.

Monday 4 October, 10:00 - 12:00

Aimed at those who currently undertake projects but would like a more structured methodology to manage risk and delivery, this workshop will take you through the key tools and techniques of project management best practice. You will learn the essential elements of managing projects, from timing estimation, task breakdown structures and resource planning, to risk mitigation, project progress tracking and status reporting. It assumes no prior knowledge of formal project management theory but is also suitable as a refresher for more experienced project managers who wish to re-evaluate their current project management practice.

Meet your speaker

Brian Price lectures at Aston University and researches the areas of ultra-low carbon vehicles, engine/transmission design and technology. He has over 25 years experience in industry, holding the position of chief engineer and technical director at a number of major engineering companies.

Wednesday 13 October, 10:00 - 12:00

Money is the lubricant that keeps the machinery of a business moving. Success and failure is measured in financial terms and having some knowledge of the language of business finance will aid decision making - from the strategic down to the tactical. But what is a financial statement? What does it show and how can you analyse and interpret what you see? This module will help to demystify some of the jargon and numbers you will hear about in business.

Meet your speaker

Richard Maksymowicz is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has over 35 years of financial management experience. He has worked in both in the UK and overseas, including roles in central government. Richard has been a financial management consultant for 12 years.

Monday 25th October, 10:00- 12:00

This workshop is all about getting connected and staying connected. In business, though it’s sometimes daunting, networking is everything – a strong network is your bread and butter. That’s why it’s so important to nurture this from an early stage and build a network that will serve you and your work. This workshop will take you through the different types of networking, provide some vital advice for leveraging your connections, prepare you for real networking scenarios and even give you an opportunity to network with other delegates.

What will I learn?

This workshop will cover the following areas:

  • Why networking is so important in business
  • Different types of networking, including in person and virtual
  • How to beat the nerves and awkwardness and get to know people comfortably
  • How to nurture your own network long term, for profitability

Meet your speaker

Chrissie Rowell has an MSc in Marketing Management and has worked in marketing for 13 years. She runs her own boutique marketing agency and has relied heavily on building her network to keep her business afloat through difficult times. Chrissie also lectures in Marketing and Advertising at the University of Derby and ran her own networking group in Derby city centre.

Find out more about Chrissie Rowell

Monday 1 November, 10am - 12pm

We all solve problems every day. However, for many of us this intuitive process is less than optimal, resulting in undue stress, feelings of doubt about solution selection and second-guessing on outcomes. Based on the latest research in structured decision making and dealing with uncertainty, this workshop will outline methods for evaluating problems, creative solution generation and optimal solution development and application. By the end of the session, you will understand how to apply a range of methods and techniques to solve problems with much greater confidence.

Meet your speaker

Brian Price lectures at Aston University and researches the areas of ultra-low carbon vehicles, engine/transmission design and technology. He has over 25 years experience in industry, holding the position of chief engineer and technical director at a number of major engineering companies.

Tuesday 2 November 10am - 12pm

During this workshop, you will be introduced to the principles of positive leadership. The session will include a review of modern leadership practices, techniques to build positive relationships with others and tools to successfully navigate challenges.

The session will be led by Sarah Digby.

Is my organisation eligible to participate?

To participate, you must work for an organisation that meets the following funding criteria:

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