Girls in Year 12 will study for a qualification from the Chartered Management Institute under a new initiative – making Adcote the only school in Shropshire to offer the award.

Rachel Lambert, managing director of StudyFlex, an approved centre of the Chartered Management Institute, currently works with 80 schools across the UK.

She will mentor the Adcote girls and help them achieve the nationally recognised CMI Level 2 award in First Line Management. From spring 2018, as part of their normal timetable – alongside their A Level studies – Adcote sixth-formers will learn key leadership skills.

Rachel said: “This is a unique experience in Shropshire. We are the schools’ partner for CMI – the main provider of training courses in schools. This isn’t a business course. It’s about life skills and work skills that enable girls to stand out on their CVs. Everything they learn they can apply straight away within the school environment, however, all the skills we teach are equally transferrable to the workplace.”

Adcote girls will learn ‘soft skills’, including: how to organise and communicate information, identify customers, plan and allocate work, mentor progress, develop effective relationships with other team members and basic concepts of health and safety. They will be assessed via a written assignment.

“From an employer’s point of view, these skills make the girls so much more attractive.” Rachel added. “Most graduates and school leavers are ill-equipped for business and lack basic skills to talk to people.

“We also work hard on building confidence in girls. A man will fill in an application and take a punt on a job, whereas a girl tends to apply only if she believes she can do 95% of the job description. I teach the girls to position themselves in such a way that communicates to employers that they have the ability to learn. Girls who come through these courses say they have grown exponentially in confidence.”

The girls were given a flavour of female leadership at the highest level at Adcote’s speech day, from the guest speaker Dr Jill Lees, MCMI, Director, Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability across E.ON Renewables globally. 

Dr Lees said: “Young women need to understand that confidence plays a big part in why male managers are more likely to get promoted than women. Women need to be bold, put themselves forward for promotion and take more risks. 

“All of these professional skills can be learned early on. The CMI Level 2 qualification will help to give young women at Adcote School the skills employers are looking for, ready for their journey into the competitive job market.”

Mrs Browne agreed the qualification will give her girls an edge: “We are leading the way at Adcote in progressive leadership education for girls of school age. In the current, fiercely competitive workplace environment pupils have to position themselves proactively in order to demonstrate transferable skills and gain an edge over the competition. Having CMI qualifications on their CVs will demonstrate a host of core skills that cannot fail to impress university admissions officers and prospective employers.”

*CMI gives managers and leaders, and the organisations they work in, the tools they need to improve their performance and make an impact. Over 450 companies use CMI to develop their managers and leaders, including Coca Cola, New Look, Rolls Royce, Serco, Lloyds Bank, British Gas, Silverstone Racing, Police, Army, Navy, RAF, BGL Insurance Group.

“From an employer’s point of view, these skills make the girls so much more attractive.” Rachel added. “Most graduates and school leavers are ill-equipped for business and lack basic skills to talk to people.

“We also work hard on building confidence in girls. A man will fill in an application and take a punt on a job, whereas a girl tends to apply only if she believes she can do 95% of the job description. I teach the girls to position themselves in such a way that communicates to employers that they have the ability to learn. Girls who come through these courses say they have grown exponentially in confidence.”

Rachel Lambert

Managing Director of StudyFlex