Worcestershire coaching company sees surge of people sign-up for socially-distanced coaching programme

A Worcestershire coaching company has seen a surge in the number of residents taking their virtually-delivered tech and digital coaching programmes.

Since launching the “Get Ahead in Digital Transformation” programme at the end of March, The Development Manager (TDM) has seen more than 50 people, including numerous employees of Chamber member companies, sign up to achieve tech and digital certifications and receive tailored professional coaching during their time in lockdown.

The programme is delivered at no cost to the learner or their employer as TDM have received funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority to offer this coaching, to help the region’s workforce acquire the skills needed to thrive in a digitally-focused work environment. This will work toward addressing the regional and national productivity gap.

The tech and digital courses that underpin the programme: Digital Marketing, Software Development, Cyber-security, Digital Transformation, Database Management and Building & Maintain IT Networks.

Having set an ambitious initial target of 50 learners on programme by the middle of May, bosses at the company have been “blown away” by the response.

Derrin Kent, Managing Director, The Development Manager Ltd said: “This programme is an opportunity for our community to equip themselves with vital tech and digital skills that will help them to take the next step in their career or potentially even start a brand new one. We support learners with invaluable GROW coaching to ensure they can implement these new skills, adding digital accountabilities to their new or existing roles.

To see so many people take up the opportunity this quickly is testament to the attitude of our region and to the quality of the programme and we’re excited to start working with so many fantastic people to help them create the lives and careers of their dreams.”

The eligibility criteria for any interested applicants are that you must be 18 years old, living in the West Midlands, unemployed or earning less than £30,000 per year and be a British Citizen.

There are spaces still available on the programme and full information on how to apply can be found online at their website here.