Strategic Innovation for Skills: A Programme for Senior Leaders of Change (Code: C1350)

Strategic Innovation for Skills is a programme for senior leaders of change. The core purpose of the programme is to develop the leadership skills and capacity to ensure technical skills provision is responsive to labour market, employer and learner needs.

Pricing options

£725 per delegate.

This includes one night’s dinner, bed and breakfast at each programme residential. There are free places available on this programme, please see below for further information.

All delegates booking onto an ETF CPD programme in Leadership will qualify for free Affiliate SET membership. Information about how to access this offer will be sent to you by a member of our team.





Online - Strategic Innovation for Skills 2024/25 Open Cohort One
Date: 26/09/2024
Price: no charge
Booking Close Date: 23/09/2024
Session 1
Date: 26/09/2024 10:00 - 11:30
Session 2
Date: 01/10/2024 10:00 - 12:30
Session 3
Date: 08/10/2024 10:00 - 12:30
Session 4
Date: 05/11/2024 10:00 - 12:30
Session 5
Date: 19/11/2024 10:00 - 12:30
Session 6
Date: 26/11/2024 10:00 - 12:30
Session 7
Date: 03/12/2024 10:00 - 12:30
Session 8
Date: 10/12/2024 10:00 - 12:30
Online - Strategic Innovation for Skills 2024/25 Open Cohort Two
Date: 14/01/2025
Price: no charge
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Free Places

A limited number of free places are offered on this course. Please see the 'Upcoming' section above for current availability. The free places are fully funded by the DfE and are offered to ensure greater diversity on high quality CPD, so to qualify you must either:

  • Work in an organisation in one of the 24 priority areas (Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Halton, Hartlepool, Hastings, Ipswich, Knowsley, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Nottingham, Oldham, Portsmouth, Rochdale, Salford, Sandwell, Scarborough, Stoke-on-Trent, Tameside, Walsall, West Somerset).
  • Work in an organisation with an annual turnover of less than £500,000.
  • Consider yourself to have a disability.
  • Come from black or minority ethnic community.

You must also agree to be contacted by our evaluation team.

To book a free place find a course that has free places remaining and book a single place. At the payments stage of the booking you will be asked to tell us which of the four criteria you meet. Once selected, click on the 'recalculate' button to reduce the cost of the booking to zero and complete the booking.

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend, please advise us at least two weeks before the course takes place. This will allow us to offer the free place to someone else who works in the FE sector, so they can take advantage of this offer.

Who is this for?

This programme is aimed at sector leaders responsible for driving strategic change in organisations. Participants may come from various backgrounds, including curriculum, quality, finance, employer engagement, business development, and marketing. Typically, participants would be expected to be working at a senior leadership level in a role with cross-organisational responsibility for change, improvement and development. The title you hold is not important; what is important is that you are in a leadership position required to implement and drive strategies that enable organisational improvement and success.


Training aim

Designed with the needs of FE and Training leaders in mind, this programme has been developed to deliver a range of high-impact outcomes. Through the programme, leaders will build a firm understanding of the key policy drivers and the direction of travel for the sector. Building on current expertise, leaders will consider how to achieve strategic alignment with the economic, employment and social issues of today. By gaining insights into the economic and industrial climate and the operating landscape, leaders will strengthen their strategic curriculum capabilities.


In order to derive maximum benefit for participants and sponsoring organisations, each participant will complete an action learning project structured around sound educational research practice, to effect positive and innovative change in their organisations.

Delegates will also receive individual project coaching to ensure a successful outcome.



  • Cohort 1 commences on Wednesday 5 July  2023 and ends on Friday 12 January 2024
  • Cohort 2 commences on Wednesday 4 October 2023 and ends on Wednesday 28 February 2024
  • Cohort 3 commences on Tuesday 7 November 2023 and ends on Wednesday 27 March 2024

Entry Requirements

Participants would be expected to be working at a senior leadership level in a role with cross-organisational responsibility for change, improvement and development

Must be from a publicly funded FE provider in England.

Contact us

If this course is not currently available at a suitable date/location, please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830