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How good are your Coaching Skills?

Coaching Skills

Thursday, 12th April 2017 

By, GBS Corporate Training

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Last week, the government’s apprenticeship levy on Businesses came into force. Businesses with a wage bill of more than £3million are now required to pay a levy; the purpose of which is to encourage employers to invest in apprenticeship programmes and to raise additional funds to improve the quality and quantity of apprenticeships.

So, if your company is running an apprenticeship programme and you are responsible for apprentices’ line management, how good are your coaching skills?

The value of coaching in supporting a high quality apprenticeship programme is increasingly being recognised for its value in supporting the transition of young people into the workplace and in passing on skills and experience.

Coaching skills are increasingly important in business

Coaching is becoming an increasingly vital skill for both L&D practitioners as well as staff with line management responsibilities. Many Managers will tell you that they don’t have the time to coach. However, time isn’t a problem if you think coaching is a “must have” rather than a “nice to have.”

The good news is that companies are now recognising coaching as a ‘must have’. They realise that by investing in a culture of coaching, they are sending a positive message to employees that they value their staff. This also generates a sense of achievement, both for those acting as coaches and those receiving support from a coach, encouraging an atmosphere of trust and respect. By employing an ethos of coaching, companies also find that their brand is very well respected both inside and outside of the office.

Recent research by CIPD highlights that when considering how L&D roles were evolving in Business, 43% of those surveyed said that they anticipated there to be greater emphasis on coaching in their roles going forward.

Managers need to use a variety of tools and approaches as Leaders to inspire their people to meet today’s biggest Business challenges. Coaching is one of their most essential leadership skills, and an effective way to enable teams to deliver extraordinary Business results.

Whatever a person’s role in an organisation, coaching will help to develop their potential and work performance, and is seen as a key ingredient in improving employee engagement. It can also be a good way to reinforce learning and help employees to apply theoretical knowledge-based learning acquired from formal training, which is particularly true for apprentices.

In a recent Forbes article, Monique Valcour outlines that with coaching skills, Managers are able to:

“Understand what drives each person, help build connections between each person’s work and the organisation’s mission and strategic objectives, provide timely feedback, and help each person learn and grow on an on-going basis”.

Managers who have been trained in effective coaching techniques are clearly gaining an effective tool to help them develop their talent.

Become the coach you aspire to be

To become an influential coach that motivates and inspires others requires an understanding of the principles of managerial coaching.

Coaching training can come in many different methods, but the most effective way is when it is tailored around your specific needs. GBS Corporate Training can work with you to create a bespoke coaching solution, tailored to your specific organisation.

Alternatively, Brighton School of Business and Management (BSBM), a sister company within the GBS Corporate Training Group, is an international online distance learning College, offering a wide range of UK accredited and internationally recognised Management and Business qualifications, at both graduate and postgraduate levels.

Through BSBM you can study for an Award, Certificate or Diploma Level qualification in Coaching and Mentoring, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). For more details about gaining qualifications in coaching, please visit the BSBM website.

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