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National Skills Academy for Manufacturing launches new coaching courses

Semta, the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies has today announced the launch of three new flexible learning coaching programmes.

The courses, which are now available online through National Skills Academy provider Angus McLeod Associates, have been specifically designed to meet the needs of employees required to coach other staff, helping them identify and enhance existing skills and competencies. Contact Angus McLeod Associates.Coaching is a crucial part of a leader’s toolkit. ‘Leadership and management’ is one of four priority themes identified by Semta to help make UK industry world competitive.

The new programmes include:

  • ­Foundation in Coaching: A level 2 programme designed to prepare and enhance the skills of supervisory staff and team-leaders
  • ­Practitioner Programme in Professional Coaching: A level 4 programme designed to help learners behave and perform differently
  • ­Professional Coaching: A level 4 programme designed to help proactive individuals better influence others

Philip Whiteman, chief executive of Semta commented:

“These new courses strengthen The Academy’s programme portfolio, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to helping provide employers in our sectors with the skills they need. Since The Academy was established in 2007, we have approved over 80 programmes and 500 trainers and assessors have trained 12,300 learners.
“As a result, companies working with The Academy have seen, on average, a 6:1 ratio of return on their skills investment. These programmes further bolster our offer to employers, helping better prepare them for business success in the economic upturn.”

Developed by Professor Angus McLeod, vice president of coaching at AMA Coaching School, the programmes have been designed to fit in with learners’ work commitments and are available online. The flexible learning structure means that individuals do not have to catch up and they do not fall behind as they can in a training room. Instead, they can move at their own pace and work at times that suit them.

Professor Angus McLeod said:

“The courses are unusual in that they take a ‘practical’ approach, giving learners coaching skills they can start to use immediately, rather than providing ‘knowledge-only’ learning.”

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For further information please contact at National Skills Academy for Manufacturing:
Jenny Szweda at Consolidated PR on 020 7781 2390 or


Semta is the employer-led skills council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies in the UK. The sectors it represents are: Aerospace, Automotive, Bioscience, Composites, Electrical, Electronics, Maintenance, Marine, Mathematics, Mechanical, Metals and Engineered Metal Products, Renewables and Science. Its role is to raise skills levels and competitiveness in the 76,000 companies and 2 million-strong workforce that make up these sectors. Its National Skills Academy for Manufacturing delivers an independent national standard for manufacturing training content, delivery and process by focusing on business return which is typically 6:1.
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