Development Programmes

Nominations for Impact and Inspire have now closed.


Impact is an accelerated development programme for very high potential IOs and high potential SIOs leading to a new accredited postgraduate qualification.

Impact will run over 12 months and offer a concentrated development experience, designed to accelerate your professional progression. The programme focuses on building leadership capability and developing strategic thinking. Participants will also benefit from coaching, mentoring and action learning. Further information can be found in the accelerated development programmes brochure.

Impact launches on 27 June.

The first module will be in July.


Inspire is our accelerated development programme for high potential grade 6 and 7 communications professionals.

Inspire has been designed to include a wide range of development interventions, with quarterly core learning modules supported by mentoring, coaching, masterclasses, tailored training and support in career planning.
Completion of the 15 month programme leads to a Diploma in Strategic Communication Leadership from the University of Huddersfield with the opportunity to continue to a Masters.
Nomination guidance and forms for both programmes have been sent to Development Advisors and Directors of Communication. There is also information in the accelerated development programmes brochure.

Read a blog by a member of Inspire Cohort 4.

Inspire launches on 18 June. There is a leadership residential module on 3 & 4 July.

The first academic module is on 10 & 11 September.

GCS Fast Stream

The Fast Stream offers ongoing training and development as a foundation for promotion on completion of the scheme. The application process includes a variety of assessments reflecting the type of skills fast streamers use.

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