Type of Project: Talent Management through forma ILM L7 Programme

Riverside are one of the largest providers of social housing in the UK and they approached No Guru in late 2011 to see if we would partner with them to deliver an ILM Level 7 Diploma Programme to senior managers identified through an assessment centre as “talent”.

The Diploma is a hugely ambitious undertaking for candidates alike and we identified units of learning relevant to the organisation so that it would:

  • Equip managers with tools and skills to progress in the organisation
  • Help to retain talent within the organisation
  • Support them in addressing challenges presented in the sector; welfare reform, mergers and acquisitions etc
  • Allow them to take on specific projects and secondments to address come of the challenges

In delivering the programme we tried to find new ways to weave together classroom sessions with experiential and other elements such as:

  • Princes Trust Volunteering
  • Leadership Cafes with senior leaders
  • Cohort Projects eg Charity Fundraising And CSR elements
  • Off site visits eg Jaguar Land Rover to explore lean process and methodologies
  • The programme was delivered in partnership with Riverside from January 2012 completing in early 2015.

Riverside Housing


The programme became “RISE” and has ben instrumental in pushing forward the strategy for talent within Riverside.  


  • 9 out of 10 members of cohort achieving ILM L7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership & Executive Management
  • Evidence of cohort members being seconded to business critical projects

We held the graduation ceremony in the surroundings of the Liverpool Athenaeum and graduates were presented their Diploma by Carol Matthews who expressly thanked No Guru for their work with Riverside.

"We approached No Guru to help us as part of our RISE talent management programme, to equip senior managers to address challenges such as welfare reform and ensuring the viability of the organisation. Our experience of No Guru is that they put the needs of the client and the learners first and are very flexible. I have worked closely with them to develop the ILM Level 7 Strategic Leadership & Executive Management qualification for RISE. Through thorough pre-project planning they have made this process very easy and the work delivered has been to a high standard. I would recommend No Guru as a provider to any organisation."

Richard Bell
Learning and Development Partner Riverside Housing


Liverpool based training company, No Guru is ‘leading in learning’ as the ILM city region hub

North West employers now have access to professional development qualifications for management, team leaders and supervisory staff as Cotton Exchange based training company, No Guru becomes the Liverpool City Region hub for ILM accreditation.


University Contract extended for 2 Years

Leeds Beckett University relationship extended

We are delighted to announce our current contract to provide Staff Training and Team Building to Leeds Beckett University has been extended a further 2 years.

During the next academic year we will be running new programmes around:

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Leading Change
  • Leading & Empowering People
  • Working to Strengths
  • Designing and Delivering Presentations

Additionally we will continue to work with Teams to deliver on the University Strategic Framework as well as completing our first ILM Level 5 Coaching & Mentoring programme for internal ‘Coaching Champions’.

We would like to thank People Development and everyone at Leeds Beckett for making it a great place to work.


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  • Disciplinary Procedures
  • Negotiation

Our course of the week this week is Safeguarding Children.  (more…)


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