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.