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Emerging Leaders

Celebrating 50 years of GCVS with fully-funded opportunities for the leaders of tomorrow

To honour the 50th anniversary of GCVS, we are pleased to offer 50 fully funded places on a brand-new programme for emerging leaders in the third sector. Having proudly served the needs of the city’s community groups, voluntary organisations, and social enterprises for half a century, we are delighted to provide this unique programme to help support the sector’s future.

This opportunity is ideal for those with current management responsibilities who aspire to become tomorrow’s leaders, and will help develop their leadership, management and communication skills. Specially created with the needs of the voluntary sector in mind, the programme will include:

A Professional Development Award (PDA) in Leadership: SCQF Level 8
jointly certified by SQA and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Focused Training and Development Workshops
specialised on People Management and Communication Skills

  • Ideal for those in leadership and people management roles, such as a team leaders, middle managers, or Trustees.
  • This opportunity is aimed at those with less senior positions than the roles of chief executive or chair, but we may consider candidates who are particularly new to such positions.
  • Aspiring senior leaders should apply and be seeking to further their development as a third sector leader.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people who have fewer opportunities to take on leadership roles. This will include, but not be limited to BME people, younger people, care leavers and disabled people, but all decisions will be made on merit.

How to Apply

Participation will be by an application and selection process, which considers:

  • Career pathway to date
  • Goals and aspiration for the future
  • Challenges faced and areas for development

In your application we will also request that you provide a short supporting statement from your manager.

We aim to support just one participant per organisation initially. Priority given to members based within the Glasgow City Council boundary.

We will have several intakes throughout the year, commencing from April 2023, and if successful we will work with you to choose a start date which suits you best.

“For fifty years GCVS has provided leadership within the third sector, influencing change, encouraging & sharing good practice, challenging unfairness and supporting our sector to be the best it can be. As we celebrate fifty years we want to make an investment in the future of our sector, identifying and supporting the leaders of tomorrow”

Ian Bruce, GCVS Chief Executive Officer

To discuss this opportunity in more detail with the team, please email us at or call us on 0141 332 2444

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