Future plc, the global platform for specialist media, will expand its leadership apprenticeship programme to more new managers across the business, following the success of a pilot scheme.

The People Leadership Programme trains new managers to develop a high-performing team capable of making a big impact.

The programme was first introduced at Future in the UK in early 2021 for 32 new managers. Future saw productivity of managers increase by 27%.

The new programme will launch to even more managers across the business.

Managers with less than 3 years of experience are invited to join the 15-month apprenticeship, where they will spend 20% of their time developing skills such as change management, coaching and leading for impact.

In the UK, the programme is funded by the Apprenticeship Levy - but during the expansion it will also roll out to the US, where it will be commercially funded.

Lucy Keen, Talent Programme Manager at Future Plc, said: “We’re delighted to be rolling out a second cohort for the Future People Leadership programme! Since the first cohort commenced earlier this year, we’ve seen visible improvements in our new managers confidence and ability in leading their teams, which has been proved through learner self reflection and manager performance feedback. At Future we’re passionate about enabling our colleagues to reach their full potential, and we’re even more pleased we’ve found a partner in Multiverse who supports us to achieve this.”

"A change in myself"

Mandy Cooper, an apprentice on the first cohort of the programme, said: “The programme, so far, has been fantastic. It’s a great way of meeting people within the business - especially as we’ve been remote. The coaches and workshops have given me some great tools for managing my team, and I’m learning skills in other areas such as ‘managing up’ and working with the leadership. It’s given me a lot of confidence to take ownership of my job.”

“I’ve definitely noticed a change in myself: I’m more assertive, able to delegate and manage my time. These are the sorts of skills that a lot of new managers take time to develop, and they learn on the job, so I’m pleased to have had formal training while learning and applying on the job.”

Read more of Mandy's story: Developing skills in management on Multiverse's People Leadership programme

Training is delivered by Multiverse, a startup tech company building an outstanding alternative to university and corporate training through apprenticeships. The company announced the closing of a $130 million Series C funding round earlier this year and now trains over 5,000 tech, leadership and digital apprentices.

Turning managers into leaders

Multiverse matches talented individuals with careers and delivers world-class training in a wide range of qualifications in leadership, digital and technology. Apprentices benefit from one-to-one coaching with an industry expert and are supported by a thriving community with events, socials, mentoring and leadership programmes designed to exceed the best of the university experience.

Jeremy Duggan, president at Multiverse, said: "The inspiration, challenge and support that comes from an effective manager can be transformational for any business. We're committed to turning new managers at Future into leaders capable of unlocking the potential in themselves and their teams through our People Leadership apprenticeship programme. Success and development relies on more than a single shot of education at the start of the career, and apprenticeships enable individuals in any role, at any level, to develop the skills they need for the long-term."

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