Stepping Up Cohort 10
Application deadline is 29th February 2024

Boost your confidence


Improve influence

Strategize your career

Move forward

Step up

Programme Components

Education Programme

Key modules on strategic issues to generate debate, solutions and insight into the challenges of leading complex change across the wider public sector. The Education Programme focus on core areas such as Leadership, EDI, Politics and Change, and Global Trends.

Virtual Mentoring

Developing individual skill set shifts through an innovative approach to virtual mentoring. Participants will be matched  with an external mentor who will challenge and open thinking to new insights.

Stretch Assignment & Virtual Action Learning

Participants will work in teams (virtual action learning sets) to undertake a stretch assignment based on one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Virtual Learning Platfrom

Each participant will have their own individual learning account that will provide access to virtual learning that supports the development of critical leadership skills.

Programme Schedule

Who should apply?

The aim of Stepping Up is to curate a diverse talent pipeline that will change the leadership landscape in organisations, encourage diversity of thought and a culture where difference can flourish.

Stepping Up is a positive action programme for Global Majority, disabled (seen and unseen), Neurodiverse, LGBTQI+, non-binary and those transitioning, Women (all ethnicities including white British and those presenting as women) You do not need a formal qualification, nor is there an upper or lower age criteria It is all about diverse talent and potential.

The programme would benefit members of staff led groups, work in project management, nursing professional services, administrative and supervisory roles who want to progress their career.

Prospective participants may also have been encouraged to apply as part of an organisation’s internal talent management processes.

The Programme is 9 months and 15 days of study involving hybrid modules, virtual peer learning, virtual mentoring and a team-based stretch assignment.

Stepping Up isn’t just a leadership programme it is much more. It is a holistic immersive experience that positions participants to excel in their current role and step up and achieve their future career goal.

Digital, green, and creative innovation run through the design architecture to future proof individual’s careers for the future world of work.

  • Increased confidence.
  • Enhanced future proofed skill sets.
  • 3-5 Year career and wellbeing plan.
  • Job ready CV/Interview skills
  • Be an authentic inclusive leader.

At the end of the programme participants can apply to undertake a Master’s in Public Administration and leadership at University of Portsmouth.

A word from our team...

Prof. Christine Bamford

Founder & Programme Director
"Now in it's sixth successive year Stepping Up has held true to the original architecture based on Harvard and other leading Business Schools best practice in leadership development."

Cll Asher Craig

Deputy Mayor, Bristol
"Our vision is to create a UK Network of 1,000 diverse leaders by 2024. Stepping Up Network will be a forceful lever for change and the intent to create inclusive workplaces and communities"

Kevin Millwood

Chair Stepping Up Stakeholder Board, Head of Cyber Security Hargreaves Lansdown
"72% of participants "step up" to a new role - no other programme delivers such results."

Saida Bello

Director of EDI London City Corporation, Vice Chair Stepping Up Stakeholder Board
"Stepping Up changed my life - let it change yours!"

What our previous participants say...

Apply today!
Stepping Up Cohort 10 application deadline is
29th February 2024

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