Empowered Leaders OPEN Programme

Support your managers in making a positive impact

Equip your managers with the essential knowledge, skills & insight to directly improve their effectiveness as a leader

make your managers great

Get the best from your workforce by ensuring managers are leading and supporting their teams to be their best.

embed critical skills

Develop your managers’ skills to ensure activities in your business are completed effectively & efficiently.

deliver for your customers

Strong leadership behaviours improve efficiency, team work and forward planning, enhancing your customers’ experience.

prepare for the future

Develop your current leaders to enhance your business today, so you can continue to grow tomorrow.

Our Programme

We help delegates to understand themselves better – from what motivates them, to their perceived strengths and weaknesses, right through to analysing and understanding the impact their behaviour may have on others. We fully equip them for the challenges of Leadership & Management, from having difficult conversations, to positively shaping those around them.

Across the programme, a delegate’s strategic and commercial thinking is stimulated to help them understand their responsibilities to themselves, others and their business.

Through classroom sessions, experiential learning and 1-2-1 coaching, we provide situations to enable delegates to develop their skills and capability so they can be a key driver in their own success, as well as guiding others to succeed, develop and reach their own potential.

Underpinning the career-defining eureka moments delegates will experience is a programme designed to effectuate behavioural change and embed that learning for long lasting results.

The Discovery Empowered Leaders Programme (Operations/Departmental Manager Level 5 Apprenticeship) is delivered throughout the year as an OPEN Programme, allowing multiple companies to enrol delegates on a cohort, at the same time. Delegates benefit from shared experiences and learning from delegates at similar stages of their career, with different backgrounds. The Empowered Leaders Programme can also be delivered as a Closed Programme, specifically for your organisation, tailored to your organisational learning requirements.

Outcomes of the programme include…

Embedding tools, techniques and models for people management
Improving business acumen and decision making
Becoming accountable for management and delivery of self and team
Embedding critical business skills such as finance, operational management and project management
Understanding coaching models and theories to support employee development
Increasing awareness of own behaviours, and the potential positive/negative impact this can have

Why Discovery?

Our team at Discovery have been designing and delivering development programmes for organisations across the UK for over 20 years’ and across all sectors including engineering, FMCG and technically oriented workforces. We are an approved training organisation for the Association of Professional Sales, an Institute of Leadership and Management approved training centre, active members with the Institute of Student Employers and approved to deliver apprenticeships by the Institute for Apprenticeships.

The programme meets all the requirements of the apprenticeship standard with an added emphasis on behaviour and change. With training developed around neuroscience and neurobiological principles, delegates will experience deep insights into how behaviours are perceived differently by different people, and how they can adapt their own style for different contexts. The overall result is a manager who is demonstrating leadership capabilities, better self awareness and increased recognition of diversity amongst their team and wider workforce.

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Who is the programme suitable for?

The Empowered Leaders Programme is designed for Operations/Departmental Managers who manage teams and/or projects, and achieve specific goals and objectives as part of the delivery of an organisation’s strategy.

Key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring.

Roles may include: Operations Manager, Regional Manager, Divisional Manager, Department Manager and specialist managers.

We welcome people with different levels of experience onto the programme; whether your employee has been managing people for 1 month, 1 year or 10 years, everyone will benefit from being a better manager!

How can the programme be funded?

The programme can be privately funded by any organisation. Additionally, as the programme is aligned with the ILM Team Operational Departmental Manager Level 5 apprenticeship, the programme can be funded using the apprenticeship levy – both for organisations who are levy payers and SMEs using a government top-up.

What is a closed programme?

A closed programme is a way of running this programme specifically for your organisation, which allows us to tailor learning and interventions specifically to your business.

The delegate journey…

Upcoming cohort dates

We start and deliver multiple programme cohorts throughout the year. To express your interest about available start dates for your employees, please complete the  contact form below.

January cohort

Welcome – 13th January 2021

Induction day – 27th January 2021

February cohort

Welcome – 10th February 2021

Induction day – 24th February 2021

March cohort

Welcome – 10th March 2021

Induction day – 24th March 2021

Quarter Two Cohorts

Quarter Three Cohorts

Quarter Four Cohorts

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Delegate Testimonials

Dont’t take our word for it – here’s what our delegates say:

The programme was quite simply an excellent experience for me. As a new manager, I took away a clearer understanding of the role of leadership in my business and learned and practiced several approaches that I could implement straight away to motivate my team and improve their performance. I would highly recommend this programme to any manager looking to become a highly effective leader.

Natalie Heatherglen

Brett Martin Daylight Systems

Before going on to this programme, I’d get into the detail of doing everything, and not really have that time to sit back and reflect.
Going onto the course and understanding where I’m at and my objectives was one of the big things for me – I need tot ake that step back, understand the ‘why’ and reflect a lot more and not dive in.
By really understanding what my objectives are, it has really helped me to shape and develop my team, and know what to do moving forward.

Natasha Bryant

Butcher’s Pet Care

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The Discovery ‘Way’

Use a joined up approach through Diagnostics, Recruitment & Training to build a better workforce.


Before taking action, take the time to understand how you need to build your workforce to reach your business’ goals and reduce wasted spends.


Get the right people in your business with the behaviours, stretch and capability that will ensure your business succeeds.


Business doesn’t stand still: develop your employees to increase their capability, prepare them for future roles & future-proof your workforce.

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January cohort

Welcome – 13th January 2021

Induction day – 27th January 2021

February cohort

Welcome – 10th February 2021

Induction day -24th February 2021

March cohort

Welcome – 10th March 2021

Induction day -24th March 2021