Published by on Friday, 23 Sep 2016
Over the past few weeks I have received some lovely messages congratulating me on my new position with the OSS foundation programme, something I’m extremely proud of. One of the most asked questions is why I have decided to make the step up (why not? Who wouldn’t want to!) and what do I plan to do to keep developing this excellent course.
Having been a delegate at the Academy in 2009 and witnessing first-hand the personal and professional benefits individuals gained from the school, my goal moving forward was always to become more involved and support the Foundation in whatever capacity I could.
In pursuit of this personal objective, I put my name forward and became a Group Director to mentor on the programme from 2013 – 2015. It’s now with great pride I have made the move from Group Director to Programme Manager with the aim to ensure a robust set up and progression of the programme for the years ahead.
For me, this is a truly unique learning and development experience. I believe it impacts everyone, whether they are attending as a delegate, group leader or a member of the board. Therefore, I trust this year I will yet again learn from others and continue to develop and reflect on my leadership whilst encountering scenarios and situations which will give me the opportunity to lead, think and act differently.
As the programme manager for the 2017 Foundation, my aim is to manage and lead the programme throughout the year to instill the same level of engagement, inspiration and motivation across all delegates to the same level that I experienced as delegate back in 2009. Anything more will be a bonus.
I plan to bring an equal balance of support, challenge, fun and professionalism to the programme. If learning experiences aren’t enjoyed and remembered, then the output level will be significantly reduced!
Working collaboratively with Rob Husband, Foundation Programme Designer, we aim to continuously evolve the programme by assessing and building on the content, shape and flow of the content to ensure we incorporate new learning techniques, models, tools and materials. These elements will give this year and future years their own unique identity without detracting from the OSS values and traditions.
Here’s to the year ahead and thank you to everyone who has wished me luck so far!
Andrew Marrins, Learning & Development Manager at Boots Opticians
Foundation Programme Manager