The Mumsnet Leadership Accelerator Programme

Mumsnet has launched a Leadership Accelerator Programme to help firms reduce their gender pay gap - and which can be funded from their apprenticeship levy.

Ensuring women’s advancement and progression to senior positions in organisations is a key part of achieving gender parity – and pay gap audits have really put this issue in the spotlight.

Mumsnet has teamed up with Corndel – a specialist provider of high quality leadership and management training – to launch an 12-month programme designed to get women into leadership positions and retain the best female talent. It’s tailored to women returning to work after a career break, or after maternity leave. And it can be paid for in full by funds from a firm’s Apprenticeship Levy.

The Accelerator gives women the skills they need to advance while helping employers to retain great staff. These programmes work: GSK runs a coaching programme for people making a significant transition, including returning from parental leave. Since their programme launched in 2015, the 12-months-later retention rate for programme participation has been 100%.

How it works

■ 12-month development programme
■ 96 topics over six units
■ 6-month project relevant to the business strategy/individual role
■ Quarterly progress reviews with returner, coach and line manager
■ Tailored CPD tasks designed to fit around the returner’s role and responsibilities
■ Flexible assessment built on bite-sized tasks
■ Compliance and assurance
■ Automated progress tracking
■ Independent end-point assessment

Tailored components

■ 1-1 coaching
■ Interactive, engaging workshops aligned to the CMI’s core curriculum
■ Masterclasses focused on specific challenges faced by returners
■ Events/meetings with senior leaders
■ Aligning and integrating with existing management development content
■ Work-based project which aligns to business priorities


■ Chartered Management Institute Diploma in Leadership and Management (Level 5)
■ Chartered membership of the CMI for the duration of the programme
■ Access to online CMI resources for the duration of the programme
■ Option to continue chartered membership upon qualification
■ Maps to the Operational/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship Standard

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