IoD NI welcomes review of DEL Management and Leadership strategy
20 June 2012
IoD NI welcomes DEL Management
Institute of Directors NI Chairman, Mervyn McCall, has welcomed a decision by the Department of Employment and Learning to review its Management and Leadership Strategy.
The decision to evaluate the department’s strategy to ensure the ongoing development of local management and leadership skills was discussed with Employment & Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry MLA at a meeting with IoD Northern Ireland at which the strategy’s current fitness for purpose was high on the agenda.
Mervyn McCall, Chairman of IoD Northern Ireland, which lobbies on issues that affect membership but particularly issues of business growth and leadership, said
“The current Strategy has been in place for some years now and so a review is timely. DEL’s support for leadership development is of importance to participants on our Chartered Director Programme who benefit from bursaries under DEL’s Management & Leadership Development Programme.
“More than 150 business leaders have gained their IoD Diploma in Company Direction during this time. Many leaders would not have been been able to do so without DEL support, highlighting the significance the strategy has on our professionals. Almost 50 of these men and women have gone on to achieve Chartered Director status, the highest qualification specifically for directors and business leaders.”
In the past, the Institute, which will be contributing to the review of the Management & Leadership Strategy and considering a document on management and leadership that is due shortly from the UK’s Business Innovation & Skills Department, has called for closer collaboration between DEL and Invest Northern Ireland, who also provide support for leadership development.
Mr McCall said:
“We welcome the Minister’s confirmation that DEL and Invest NI have developed a common framework on management and leadership development to harmonise their respective programmes which will only benefit business professionals within Northern Ireland. The two bodies will be introducing an online tool in the autumn to diagnose the skills needs of business leaders and managers.”
The IoD’s discussion with the DEL Minister also touched on the impact that reducing Corporation Tax here would have on the demand for skills, particularly from new inward investors.
Mervyn McCall pointed out the importance of the ongoing development of local management and leadership skills:
“Our business community contains leaders of the highest quality, but we need more of them. There is no doubt that the presence of large corporates with excellent development programmes increases the overall quality of leadership in a region. “We don’t have enough of these big companies and I am convinced that lowering Corporation Tax will attract them.
“On the other hand, such companies will want to hire good quality local managers and it is important that DEL and Invest NI keep up their work of developing local management and leadership skills.”