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Grant Thornton and BPP launch apprenticeship scheme

Grant Thornton has teamed up with BPP, a UK-based professional and academic services provider, to launch its new Coaching Professional Programme.

The 14-month training programme is designed to enhance the professional performance of employees and meets the requirements of the Level 5 Coaching Professional Standard, which was recently signed off by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

The partnership follows Grant Thornton’s previous leadership programmes, including its European Mentoring and Coaching Council accredited coach development programme, with the programme set to ‘‘help people to lead in a non-directive manner’’.

The scheme will cost £5,000 with the first intake starting in October 2020, and quarterly thereafter.

Justin Rix, partner and people advisory lead, Grant Thornton said: “We have been heavily involved in the development of the new coaching professional standard and are delighted to be partnering with BPP to deliver this new programme. 

‘‘Coaching skills can play a key role in the success of an organisation, developing a workforce and leadership team who are agile, resilient and engaged.” 

He added: “We are really excited to be working with BPP, a leading training provider, bringing together their first-rate expertise in delivering apprenticeship programmes and our extensive practical coaching experience and insight.” 

James Hammill, executive director at BPP, said:  “This partnership underlines the development and commitment to producing professionals who can inspire others to do the same. 

‘‘With increased demand for coaching and education we are pleased we can add this to a suite of high demand programmes that are geared towards supporting talent across a range of sectors. It marks BPP’s commitment to provide training for forward thinking organisations who are looking to professionalise their workforce.”

Sam Isaacson, chair of the Coaching Trailblazer and Head of Coaching Services, Grant Thornton added:  “It’s been a privilege to work with employers and professional bodies to develop a new baseline of quality for the coaching profession, and I’m really excited for those learners who will experience this programme, and their employers.”

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