Learn the 7 reasons people most regularly give for joining our new ILM coaching accreditation programme.
2 years ago, we launched our new ILM Level 3 Coaching accreditation programme in Windsor, “Coaching for Growth”. Consequently, I have spent lots of time recently talking to interested (and interesting!) people.
If you have an interest in coaching, I hope some of this will resonate with you.
ILM Level 3 Coaching accreditation: Coaching for Growth
Group work on a recent workshop
The participants on our current cohorts fall onto one of 4 groups:
- Managers and team members in organisational roles seeking to improve their current effectiveness & future career prospects
- Trainers, Consultants and current Coaches who are looking to add a recognised and respected coaching qualification to their credentials
- People looking to build their skills-set now, to facilitate a transition to self-employment and more flexible working in the future
- Career breakers who are looking to create a satisfying new career with flexible working opportunities
Roughly half of our participants are self-funding, whilst the other half are sponsored by their organisation.
Here are the 7 most frequent reasons given for joining the course, the personal objectives people have shared and why people are recommending it to others.
“I want to develop my leadership skills and enhance my career prospects”.
Coaching is increasingly being recognised as a key leadership skill and many organisations are working to create a coaching culture within their leadership teams. Developing your coaching skills-set is a great way to demonstrate how you can contribute to this growing shift in leadership styles, and boost your own career prospects too.
I’m a trainer / consultant and I’m increasingly being asked to coach my clients, so I need to demonstrate my capability with a qualification.
This was my personal motivation for gaining my first coaching qualification many years ago. As a leadership trainer, I was often asked to coach individuals once they had completed a training programme. I quickly learned that coaching is a very different skill to training – I realised I had initially been offering 1-1 training, and whilst this is hugely valuable, it isn’t coaching. I needed to learn the difference!
I’ve got a good knowledge base already, but need to develop my practical skills.
I have spoken to several people who have completed on-line coaching courses, or have read widely, and so already have some form of qualification or existing knowledge. However, one delegate in particular said he felt he had learned no practical skills on his previous training. He had no confidence that he could conduct an effective coaching conversation in real life. Our training will support you through the qualification but we will also focus on developing your coaching skills. It’s not enough to “know”: you have to be able to “do!”
I don’t want to work full time for ever / I’m looking for a more fulfilling career in the future
Several people expressed satisfaction in their current roles…for now, but do not want to work full time for ever. They are investing in their future and, very sensibly, developing their skills and experience and gaining a qualification while they still have the security of a monthly salary. Coaching is a very transferable skill, and particularly helps you lead, influence and communicate well, so they can also add immediate value in their current roles with their new skills.
I’m at a career crossroads / I want to work for myself
We have 3 participants currently who are at a crossroads, having given up organisational roles to create balance for their families, and who are now seeking a way of using their skills to work flexibly. Coaching fits this perfectly – it is stimulating, interesting and challenging, and you can create your coaching niche around your existing areas of expertise or interest, whatever that might be.
I just want the ILM qualification
The ILM is well respected organisation and this qualification is widely recognised. Several of our participants are already experienced and competent coaches – I worked with one participant co-delivering coaching training within his previous organisation. But prospective clients often want the reassurance that you have a coaching qualification. This could influence whether you win a contract or not. The ILM qualification is valuable.
7. I want to develop a coaching culture within my business
Several HR and line managers have sponsored their internal coaches to attend our programme and take their expertise back into the business. This works to create beacons of excellence within an emerging coaching culture. Investing in creating a pool of really well trained and qualified coaches, role modelling and training best practice, can create a ripple effect which benefits the coaching expertise of your whole leadership team.
So, those are 7 huge benefits of attending our new ILM Level 3 Coaching Programme, as expressed by our first 5 cohorts.
Do any of these points reflect you and your aspirations?
This course is great value, as the cost includes absolutely everything – all ILM registration and assessment fees, 3 one day workshops in small supportive cohorts, all workbooks and materials, plus follow-up coaching and support whilst you complete your assignments.
If assignments just aren’t your thing, you can attend all 3 workshops and benefit from a step change in your skills and knowledge, and receive a Certificate of Professional Development.