The Aspiring Leaders Programme (ALP) is a pioneering leadership development programme run by Brathay Trust, the University of Cumbria (UoC) and Common Purpose.
It takes an innovative approach to learning by combining formal academic teaching with experiential learning and personal development.
It aims to: reinvigorate the voluntary and community sector; keep talented young people in Cumbria and North Lancashire who can respond to the needs of their community and; give youngsters positive role models, raising wider community aspirations, affluence and skills.
ALP is for 20-30 year olds, interested in volunteering or working in the voluntary and community sector in Cumbria and North Lancashire. It’s aimed at those who may not have particularly academic backgrounds, or for whom university may not have been an option in the past. Nominated by local sector leaders, candidates undergo an assessment process before being offered a place.
Over the three year programme the participants: take part in leadership and personal development residentials at Brathay Hall; attend degree lectures and seminars at the University of Cumbria; are assigned leadership mentors and placements; gain work experience and run leadership projects. The course results in a Degree in Social Enterprise Leadership.
The first ALP, with 12 pioneer graduates, ran from September 2011 to July 2014. The second, with 14 students, ended in July 2017. The third ALP started in September 2017 and will run to July 2020.