European Social Fund

Leading Lancashire

The Leading Lancashire project is a unique provision, part-funded by the European Social Fund, designed exclusively for Lancashire based SME organisations. The project enables individuals already working within SME businesses to access nationally recognised leadership and management training, free of charge!

Offered at a range of study levels, qualifications enable employees to develop their leadership and management skills, knowledge and confidence through tailored training, coaching and mentoring.

What can Preston College offer?

Preston College offer a suite of qualifications taught by highly experienced, industry professionals. Offering something for everyone, programmes may range from short, one hour masterclasses that are delivered remotely, to fully accredited Institute of Leadership and Management Awards. This approach allows all individuals within the business to benefit from bespoke training at a level most appropriate to both their current role and career aspirations.

In addition, Preston College are able to offer tailored, bespoke training programmes to support SMEs meet business needs and achieve key, strategic objectives. Please contact us, using the details below, for further information on how we can work with you to achieve this.

What courses are available to study at Preston College?

If you qualify to study under the Leading Lancashire project, you can currently choose to study:

  • ILM Level 3 Award
  • ILM Level 5 Award
  • ILM Level 7 Award

We will discuss the most appropriate course with you during the application process.

Masterclasses and other short courses may be available in the near future and will be advertised on this page once confirmed.

What will I gain from the project?

Successful completion of a Leading Lancashire webinar, masterclass or course will allow you to:  

  • Develop effective leadership and management knowledge, skills and confidence
  • Allow you to develop within your current role
  • Improve your potential for career progression
  • Gain nationally recognised leadership and management qualifications

What is the qualifying criteria?

To be eligible for support from the Leading Lancashire project you must be:

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Employed 
  • Working for a Lancashire based SME. – Lancashire means organisations which are based in a Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen or Blackpool postcode area. An SME is an organisation, based in Lancashire, employing less than 250 employees across the whole business.

Find out more:

To find out more about how the team can work with you, to understand all aspects of your organisation, exploring where you are now and where you wish to be, before putting together a structured training, coaching and mentoring programme that is designed exclusively for you, your staff and your business, take a look at our brochure by clicking here. Or watch our short video, to gain a better understanding of the wider project, available here.

To discuss any aspect of the Leading Lancashire project, either as an individual or an employer, please contact Julie Rudd on: 01772 225025 (Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm) or email:

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