Leadership for Workplace Innovation

Leadership for Workplace Innovation is a tried and tested programme, accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), grounded in evidence, and focused on practical approaches to change and improvement. The programme provides the knowledge, skills and practical support needed to improve business performance, employee engagement and workplace health. It also supports participants in designing and delivering tangible change initiatives specific to your organisation’s needs.

Leadership for Workplace Innovation is relevant to any company, public sector organisation or NGO with a commitment to positive change and improvement. It can also be the perfect way to follow up The Workplace Innovation Diagnostic ®.

“This programme has benefitted us hugely. It’s been great to hear of examples of best practice. It has enabled us to think outside the box, learn about the challenges of others and take some of their experiences back to our workplace. ”

Kat Halbert

Aviva, Perth


Foundation & Practitioner Programmes for Companies Foundation & Practitioner Programmes for the Public Sector


The Workplace Innovation Foundation Programme

Gain the knowledge and skills you need as a change leader through distance learning using the state of the art Fresh Thinking Labs platform, supported by our experts through on-line coaching and interactive forums. Successful completion of your Learning Log leads to the award of your ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership.

Optional in-person coaching and mentoring from our highly experienced team is also available. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in Fresh Thinking Lab’s growing programme of online and in-person activities with companies across Europe.



                      Cost: £1,200 +VAT
Includes ILM registration

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The Workplace Innovation Practitioner Programme

Gain an internationally recognised leadership qualification while leading a successful change initiative in your organisation, supported by a blend of distance learning and in-person coaching. Whether or not you choose to use The Workplace Innovation Diagnostic ®, we provide on-site support for action planning and implementation in your team or department, together with continuing coaching and interactive forums.

Successful completion of your Learning Log leads to the award of your ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership together with accreditation as a Workplace Innovation Practitioner, signifying your competence in securing effective and sustainable workplace change. You will continue to benefit from Fresh Thinking Labs’ community of practitioners for a further 12 months, after which accreditation can be renewed.

                      Cost: £2,000 +VAT
Includes ILM registration

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Alternatively, the action-focused Practitioner Programme is available in-house or as an open programme shared with other organisations on comparable journeys:

The Workplace Innovation Practitioner Programme – In-House

Designed for teams of 5 or more change leaders, the tried and tested Workplace Innovation Practitioner Programme combines individual learning and qualification with practical support for delivering effective in-house change.

Our Programmes, customised to meet the needs of each client, can include:

1. The Workplace Innovation Diagnostic ®, a unique, on-line employee survey focused on evidence-based workplace practices associated with high performance and employee-well-being.
2. Interactive workshop sessions on each of the six modules, strongly orientated to action and directly addressing the challenges and opportunities facing your business.
3. Access to Fresh Thinking Labs’ online learning platform, providing practically focused evidence, case studies and tools that build on the workshop sessions and support action planning.
4. Support for participants through ‘critical friends’ action learning sets at regular intervals, enabling them to discuss challenges, share problems and celebrate successes with their peers.
5. In-house support, including individual coaching and on-site facilitation of engagement events and task groups. Past examples include the facilitation of change workshops for employees and/or senior teams.
6. Participation in online and in-person networking and events, nationally and internationally, with other companies on the Fresh Thinking Labs platform.

Programme duration is flexible and reflects the time envisaged for designing and implementing change.

In addition to achieving the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership, participants are accredited as Workplace Innovation Practitioners, signifying their competence in securing effective and sustainable workplace change. They continue to benefit from Fresh Thinking Labs’ online and in-person community of practitioners for a further 12 months, when accreditation can be renewed.

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The Workplace Innovation Practitioner Open Programme

Two delegates from five or more public organisations join a structured 12-month programme. Ideally one delegate should be a senior manager and the other a colleague mandated to drive change forward within the organisation.
The content of the Open Programme is comparable to the in-house variation described above, but participants gain extra benefit from peer-to-peer sharing and support with their counterparts from other organisations on similar journeys.
“The programme has been excellent for learning from other organisations. Building key networks and relationships has been invaluable.”
Mairi Martin, Cornerstone.

Cost: £5,000+VAT
covers both participants, including ILM registration.

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Open Programme start dates.



Variations of these packages are available to suit specific requirements - contact us.


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The Senior Practitioner Programme: Building Sustainable In-House Capacity for Change

The next step is to strengthen the in-house capacity that will ensure a sustainable momentum of change. Accredited Workplace Innovation Practitioners can step up to the next level by gaining accreditation as Senior Practitioners, and upgrade to an internationally-recognised ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.
Participants take part in two full-day workshops and mentoring sessions, as well as online learning. They acquire an even deeper understanding of workplace innovation, can access a wide range of practical tools and resources, and gain facilitation, coaching and presentation skills.
Senior Practitioners have the competencies and resources needed to train their colleagues up to Workplace Innovation Practitioner level. We provide continuing support by helping them develop learning plans and materials, and to deliver effective training sessions themselves.
Senior Practitioners provide their trainees with access to the Fresh Thinking Labs learning platform and enrol them for accreditation as Workplace Innovation Practitioners and the ILM Level 5 Leadership Certificate if required. This enables us to provide Senior Practitioners with continuing mentoring and feedback, and to ensure quality and consistency.

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Benefits include . . .

The award of an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management. Participants completing the programme, including the online exercises and Learning Logs, gain an ILM qualification providing formal recognition of their achievements and their key levels of understanding, skills and competence. ILM qualifications are assessed against internationally defined standards and guaranteed through robust quality assurance requirements. The practical design of the programme enables participants to satisfy the assessment criteria based on their experience of leading a change initiative, avoiding the need for long written assignments.

Award of the ILM Certificate also grants personal accreditation as a Workplace Innovation Practitioner, signifying participants’ competence to play key roles in securing effective and sustainable workplace change. Accreditation can be renewed after 12 months, once they complete a short online updating course and/or a face to face coaching session with one of our experts.

Access to Fresh Thinking Labs, the international platform for knowledge-sharing, during the programme and for 12 months after accreditation. Fresh Thinking Labs offers an abundance of online resources and opportunities for in person contact with good practice organisations across Europe. Members benefit from:

  • Personal introductions to other members by our experienced international facilitators.

  • Online search and matching based on your interests and expertise.

  • Live knowledge-sharing forums and Sofinars on member-identified themes.

  • In Person Labs: small, closed groups meeting to explore a specific issue or opportunity together.

  • Sharing and developing good practices through facilitated workplace visits hosted by members.

  • A unique Online portfolio including research evidence, case studies and practical tools.

  • Open Events – workshops and company-hosted events for all Fresh Thinking Labs members.

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What we expect

As a Workplace Innovation Senior Practitioner, you are a member of a trust-based community. We expect all members of our community to deliver the Leading Workplace Innovation programme to the highest possible standard (and why wouldn’t you?), and to do everything you can to enhance the brand. While you will want to adapt the programme to meet the needs of individual clients, you must maintain the core principles and structure on which its validity depends. And please play an active role in the community, adding ideas and topics to the Fresh Thinking Labs platform and helping to build a strong international movement!

What next?

Please contact us for a discussion on how we can work together. We’d like to learn about your experience and your plans for the business and will share more information about our approach and the Leading Workplace Innovation programme with you.