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Careerforce is partnering with the Yale University Program for Recovery and Community Health, to support ten emerging leaders who will participate in the LET(s)LEAD Academy, a transformational leadership development programme. Candidates will have lived experience, including mental health and addiction and are making positive changes in their community or sector or be interested in transformational change.

As the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the health, wellbeing, social and community sectors, Careerforce supports workplace-based training to achieve recognised qualifications for the health and wellbeing sector.

Careerforce is well placed to be involved in this LET(s)LEAD leadership initiative with Yale. In recent years it developed a successful a suite of business and management programmes that range from Levels 3 through to 6. These business management programmes for the social, health and hygiene sector were developed in direct response to demand from the industries that Careerforce supports. Already they have given hundreds of employees the opportunity to upskill and pathway further into careers in leadership and management.

The LET(s)LEAD leadership course was designed by the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health with input from people from around the globe. It will be supported by Careerforce in New Zealand for the first time through videoconferencing with instructors from Yale.

The goal of LET(s)LEAD is to help catapult people with lived experience into leadership roles from which they can help transform mental health services and systems. Participants will explore emerging issues in mental health and other systems of care, learn the key elements of transformational leadership and have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that they are learning through project work.

Sponsored by Careerforce, all tuition fees will be paid by Careerforce and facilitated by instructors from the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. Guest facilitators within Aotearoa New Zealand will also facilitate some sessions to give local knowledge and expertise to the learning.

Careerforce General Manager Learning Solutions, Rod Bentham says, “We are excited to be able to partner with Yale to bring the Let(s)Lead programme to New Zealand. The sector advised that a leadership programme for people with lived experience was needed, so we are pleased to be able to meet this need. The team at Yale have been fantastic to work with and are looking forward to sharing their expertise with the New Zealand fellows”.

The programme is 9 months duration and consists of a 10-week seminar series followed by 4 months of project work, including monthly meetings and monthly mentoring sessions.

The first phase of the course consists of 10 weekly, 2 hour online seminars that cover concepts such as developing a personal vision, transformational change, appreciative inquiry, strategy, cultural humility, and change management.

In the second phase of the course, participants will be matched with the mentorship of a community leader nationally or internationally, according to a self-chosen piece of work contributing to transformation in their own communities or in the mental health and addiction sector.

It is hoped that after course completion, participants will provide lived experience transformational leadership within their organisation and within the peer support/peer work sector within Aotearoa New Zealand.

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a LET(s)LEAD Certificate from the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. Careerforce will follow the progress of participants along their journey and with permission share their stories.

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