ILM Level 3 Leadership and Management

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This qualification is ideal if you are have management responsibilities but no formal training, and are serious about developing your abilities. It?s particularly suited to practising team leaders seeking to move up to the next level of management, and managers who need to lead people through organisational change, budget cuts or other pressures.

You can take this qualification as a concise Award, a broader Certificate or a comprehensive Diploma. The units in this qualification fall into seven broad areas. These are:

? core management skills ? such as understanding how to organise and delegate
? ability to perform management tasks ? manage projects, lead meetings
? team leadership ? for example, how to motivate people to improve performance
? change and innovation ? plan and manage change, create a culture of innovation
? a full range of communications skills
? managing people and relationships ? negotiation, networking, building relationships
? leadership ? understand leadership, use action learning to develop your leadership capabilities.
? Work with your employer or training provider to map units to your needs and skills gaps.

What are the entry requirements?

No formal entry qualifications are required. The Leadership & Management Level 3 requires that participants should normally be currently employed in a first line management role.

An initial assessment may need to be undertaken to determine the appropriate level.

The Leadership & Management Level 3 is aimed at first line managers who have decision-making responsibilities within defined limits and wider responsibility for people and their performance.

What subjects will I study?

The standards of performance, which form the basis of this qualification, are structured around the four key roles of management:

? Manage Activities,
? Manage Resources,
? Manage People
? Manage Information.

You will be required to take seven Units: four mandatory units, plus three optional units which you can choose to match to your job role and specialty. Your Assessor/Advisor will explain the procedure and agree your optional units with you in two ways:

? Initial group induction
? One to one advice and assessment

How will I learn?

Where your underpinning knowledge requires further development, a flexible learning programme of taught workshops, distance or on-line learning, can be arranged to suit individual needs.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are different from qualifications gained through traditional methods of gaining knowledge or skills.

The Leadership & Management Level 3 qualifications are designed to establish and recognise a manager?s current competence within his/her job, through a variety of assessment methods assessed against nationally recognised and approved standards. These assessment methods include:

? Observation,
? Questioning,
? Assessment evidence of knowledge and skills

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is normally by a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates that you can perform to the level, described by the relevant standards. You will be assigned a personal advisor who will help you assemble your portfolio and prepare you for assessment. Assessment methods include observation, questioning, personal reports, professional discussions, witness testimonies and collecting products of work (such as notes, e-mails or memos, reports, and records of contact between work colleagues).

You will receive one to one assessor/advisor support throughout.

What opportunities will this lead to?

Candidates can progress onto an ILM Level 4 NVQ in Management or an ILM level 3 Certificate and Introductory Certificate in First Line Management or an ILM level 4 Diploma and Introductory Diploma in Management.

Candidates who achieve the ILM Level 3 NVQ in Management will be eligible to apply for ILM Membership.

How long is the course?

There are no fixed periods for completion of an ILM NVQ qualification. Some participants, who are already competent and who are able to collect and present a portfolio of evidence without too much difficulty, may well complete the qualification within a few months. Others, who need to undertake some development activity and then apply their learning in the workplace to demonstrate competence, may find that they need up to 18 months or longer.

ILM NVQs are usually work-based so time away from the workplace is minimized

Are there any additional costs?

Not normally.

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