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Morris launches bespoke Morris Training Academy

Aware of the importance of equipping its management team with the necessary techniques and skills required to succeed in today's modern business world, leading lifting services provider, Morris Material Handling, has developed an intensive management development and leadership skills training course in conjunction with specialist consultants, Barleythorpe Training.

Accredited and endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), those who successfully complete the 'Morris Academy' training scheme will receive the Barleythorpe Platinum Award in Management Development. Held at the Barleythorpe Training and Conference Centre in Oakham, Rutland, an initial intake of eight Morris managers are currently in the process of participating in the three, two-day modular residential course.

Comments Morris Material Handling's HR Manager, Karen Winfield: “The 'Morris Academy' course serves to focus on those managers who operate on a daily basis in a customer service focused environment. In essence, it has been structured to ensure that they are equipped with the skills, confidence and leadership qualities required to realise their true potential by managing more effectively and efficiently.

“Not only does the scheme represent a significant financial investment, it is the culmination of a great deal of time and effort that both Morris and Barleythorpe have put into its development. What's more, we are optimistic that after evaluating the success of the course this time round, other members of our Maintenance Services team will be given the opportunity to partake in future,” she added.

Prior to commencing the course, each participant is required to complete a comprehensive psychometric test, which is seen as an important part of employee development and coaching; self-awareness being a vital step on the challenging journey of personal development. This is followed by three, two-day modules that cover the specific areas of Managing, Motivating and Communication; Developing Your Team and Leading Through Challenging Times. In addition to attending and actively participating in all three modules, course students have to complete two assignments within sixteen weeks of the course, submit a written report on the content and outcomes of their chosen assignments, and prepare and deliver a formal 30-minute presentation on this and the programme to a panel of external advisers.

The main objectives of the 'Morris Academy' are as follows:

· To ensure that managers are skilled, qualified and capable of performing the management tasks of the future.
· To create a strong link between Morris Maintenance Services' objectives and daily management activities.
· To create a customer-orientated and service-centred culture throughout the company.
· To commit skilled management potential to Morris through systematic training.

The team of eight Morris managers who are involved in the 'Morris Academy' training scheme. The three, two-day modular residential course, which focuses management development and leadership skills, has been developed in conjunction with specialist consultants, Barleythorpe Training.

Accredited and endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), those who successfully complete the 'Morris Academy' training scheme will receive the Barleythorpe Platinum Award in Management Development.

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