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A promotion and Distinction for learner Emma Atkinson, Corndel Diploma in Leadership and Management

17 January 2021 by Isla Lightfoot

Learner, Emma Atkinson, Senior Manager for Retail Innovation at Asda, was on the most recent completed Level 5 cohort. Emma gained a Level 5 Distinction and was promoted towards the end of her course, now managing a large team. She shares her experience on the programme.

“Whilst on the programme, I moved laterally into a new team, within a completely different area. Some of the modules I completed as part of the Diploma, including managing stakeholders, setting a project and strategic development, really helped with this transition.

“Overall the format of the programme and the clear structure made it very manageable.”

“I never felt overwhelmed. I enjoyed the blended nature of the materials, and the bite-sized chunks of learning, but my favourite element was undoubtedly the coaching. My coach Nicola, had a vast amount of Leadership and Management knowledge and it was very useful to have someone outside my organisation to bring a different perspective. She clearly had a vested interest in developing and supporting me.

“The nature of this type of apprenticeship training is very comprehensive. I had a skills gap having never managed a large team at the start of the programme. By the end of the programme I was sufficiently confident to run the large team that I now manage. I believe the course gave me the ability to fast-track into that role and embarking on this programme helped me to achieve this promotion. I recommend the Corndel Diploma to all other managers at Asda who want to develop their leadership skills.”

Emma has encouraged one of her team to enrol on the Corndel Level 3 Diploma in Management and will be a valuable support, having experienced the programme herself.


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