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Leadership Training

Leadership Training

Chart Your Course to Success

Develop your leadership skills with Solace’s acclaimed Leadership Training Programmes. Tailored for aspiring local government Heads of Service, visionary Chief Executives, and private sector professionals, our industry-leading initiatives, developed in collaboration with experts like INLOGOV and the University of Birmingham, unlock your full potential and set you on the path to success.

Signature Leadership Development Programmes


If you have the ambitions to reach the top and are already being recognised as a rising star, our signature Springboard programme could be exactly what you need to support your ambitions and accelerate your career.

This highly sought-after programme includes free Solace membership for a year, invitations to several exclusive Solace events, an independent mentor, a small programme of one-day workshops and other shadowing and learning opportunities.

Please note that applications for the 2024 Springboard programme are now closed.

Total Leadership

Total Leadership is a 12-month programme for senior executives in public/private sectors. Developed with INLOGOV, sponsored by LGA, it offers unique interactions with top facilitators and speakers. The curriculum aims to expand knowledge, challenge perspectives, and enhance your leadership approach. Upon completion, you’ll gain clarity on your Chief Executive leadership role readiness and will be able to apply your leadership skills with confidence.


The newest addition to our Solace Signature suite of programmes is AMPlify; a new three strand development programme designed in conjunction with E-Quality that supports the development of diverse talent within local government leadership.

AMPlify provides a significant development opportunity for groups of staff who are currently under-represented within senior leadership levels. It is designed for staff from ethnically diverse backgrounds who have the ambition and potential to become future leaders within local government.


Ignite, our dynamic leadership programme, empowers local government Chief Executives to elevate their understanding of their roles in an ever-complex environment. Spanning 9 months, small cohorts of around 12 Chief Executives collectively address individual and systemic leadership challenges. Backed by the Local Government Association (LGA) and presented in collaboration with Collaborate CIC, Ignite is your route to achieving strategic leadership excellence.

Accredited Programmes

Certificate & Diploma in Leadership & Management

ILM Accredited

Offering options for both aspiring and senior leaders, the ILM Certificate and Diploma in Leadership and Management aim to develop practical skills and strategic thinking.

Both Level 5 and Level 7 participants will gain valuable experience in working on and improving organisational issues, growing and developing as leaders and managers.

The certificate programme lasts for around 6 months and the diploma around a year. Both programmes can be delivered for an individual authority or public sector organisation, as an open programme or for an individual participant, through a blended approach.

Effective Coaching & Mentoring

ILM Accredited

The Solace ILM Level 5 & 7 Certificate and Diploma programmes in Coaching and Mentoring are ideal qualifications for managers with significant responsibilities for coaching and mentoring as part of their everyday roles, for those considering moving into a development role or those who would like to become a qualified coach or mentor.

As with the majority of our programmes, both our Level 5 programme in Effective Coaching and Mentoring and our Level 7 programme for Executive Senior Level Coaches & Mentors can be delivered individually or inhouse.

EMCC Accredited Practitioner Programme

This nine-day Executive EMCC Accredited Practitioner Coaching Programme is designed to be a powerful and experiential programme, for people who quickly want to accelerate their coaching experience and skill in an environment conducive to rich learning and development.

EMCC Accredited Senior Practitioner Programme

This fifteen-day Executive EMCC Accredited Senior Practitioner Coaching Programme is a powerful and experiential programme, which enables people to quickly accelerate both the knowledge of coaching and their coaching skill, to an industry recognised standard of coaching excellence.

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