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National Skills Academy Process Industries launches new leadership course

04 June 2013

The National Skills Academy Process Industries has launched its fourth course – Leading in the Process Industries (LIPI). This course has been developed by the UK skills specialist to provide new supervisors in the process sector with the leadership competencies they need to move up from team member to team leader. 

It is aimed at supervisors working in chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, polymers and related sectors.

Employers say that new supervisors often have the technical skills to do the job but lack the leadership skills that allow them to develop their team to deliver on business objectives. Areas such as HR management, project management and dealing with change are not always familiar ground for new supervisors, but will feature heavily in their new role. 

Split into 7 modules, LIPI has been developed by industry for industry, to give supervisors the fundamental competencies they require outside of the technical aspects of their job. 

Clint Devine, Account Manager for the Academy says: “Businesses require their supervisors to be able to step up to the plate, delivering on business objectives through effective supervision. LIPI gives them the skills required to get the most from their teams and equips them with the tools to handle some of the tough situations they will face in their position”. 

Although the course is aimed at new or recently appointed supervisors, many of the modules are also suitable for existing supervisors looking for a refresh or to improve their own skills where a gap may have been identified. 

Clint continues, “Many supervisors are promoted to their new position without any formal training on what to expect in their new role and often learn things along the way. For existing supervisors they may feel that they do not have all of the necessary skills to handle a lot of the situations they face in their everyday working life.

For example handling difficult conversation while keeping personal emotions at bay is not necessarily a skill that all people possess, but it can be taught, this is what LIPI is all about.”

The first module ’Stepping up to becoming a supervisor’ is being launched with a series of pilot events running across the UK in June. To register your interest or for more information please call 0845 607 0140 or email .

Pilot Dates
25th & 26th June – Midlands
9th & 10th July – North West
11th & 12th July – North East

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