At NMITE we recognise the positive impact and valuable contribution that new talent can bring to a business. We also understand how to nurture that talent, and support individuals’ professional growth. Our vision is to see businesses thrive through developing their early careers workforce.  

Our Springboard Early Career Success Programme has been designed to align with our innovative model of learning, providing an immersive opportunity for participants to build the skills, confidence and toolkits they need to make an outstanding contribution and to build a successful career.  

It's been designed to help enhance and develop leadership roles within Herefordshire businesses, SMEs and third sector organisations.

Enhance the confidence and contribution of your early careers talent

Develop the skills of your early careers talent to ensure they can make the difference you need. Think resilience, problem-solving, communication, creativity, leadership and decision-making. These are just some of the skills we teach on this exciting programme to develop resourceful leaders. 

NMITE Springboard students and course leader

Springboard is a training course designed to improve leadership, management and organisational skills. It has given me confidence in my working practices, as well as fresh ideas to implement for myself and my team.

Springboard participant

    Is Springboard right for you or your organisation?

    • Don’t have the resources to develop your own training programme?
    • Have you thought about recruiting a graduate or career shifter but aren’t sure how they’ll settle in?
    • Do the graduates you hire need workplace skills training?
    • Do you struggle to recruit graduates because of a lack of development and networking opportunities?

    If you've answered yes to one (or all!) of the above then our Springboard Early Careers Leadership programme may be right for you, your team, or your employees. 

    Course details

    Springboard provides twelve one-day career success workshops, over a year, packed with valuable insights and a range of tools to apply in the workplace. Participants learn to take control of their own development, reflecting regularly with their line managers to put their new skills into practice. 

    The process is simple. You identify graduates or career shifters within your organisation who you know are pivotal to the successful future of your organisation. You could, of course, self-nominate too. 

    Monthly workshops

    Resilience, staying positive, and managing your wellbeing 

    Managing your own wellbeing is crucial to career success. In this session, participants will learn techniques to manage their own wellbeing, to build resilience and to maintain a positive approach. 

    Communicating confidently 

    Communication is crucial in every role. Participants will develop their skills in active listening, to hear what is, and is not, being said. The session will introduce participants to approaches to communicating confidently, and explore how they can positively influence others. 

    Working with others 

    This session explores teamworking and team dynamics, considering participants’ own approach to working in a team, what motivates and causes stress for them in team environments, and what impact they have on those around them. Participants will explore approaches to managing conflict, and techniques for having difficult conversations. 

    Problem-solving and decision-making 

    Solving problems and making decisions effectively will help participants to add value to your organisation and progress in their career. This workshop will introduce them to tools to help them explore problems and decisions, identify solutions, and evaluate options. It will also explore strategic approaches to solving complex problems. 

    Harnessing creativity 

    Participants will develop creativity, with tools for idea generation, and approaches to support creative thinking. The session will explore innovation, including how participants can support others to generate new ideas, and tools to lead innovation in a team environment. 

    Project management 

    Projects are crucial in organisations for introducing new products and services and managing change. In this workshop participants will understand the lifecycle of projects and different approaches used to manage them, understand risks and constraints in projects, and explore factors that enable projects to succeed. 

    How organisations work 

    In this workshop, participants will explore businesses and their activities, how they are financed, and how they create value for customers. The workshop will enhance customer awareness, and develop new skills to make and present effective business cases for new ideas and innovations. 

    Customers, opportunities, and value 

    Customers are, of course, vital in any organisation. Attracting customers involves building relationships. This workshop will focus on participants’ ability to advocate for their organisations at every opportunity, and seeing interactions as an opportunity to sell. They will explore negotiation from a commercial perspective, based on needs and benefits. 

    Presentation skills 

    Giving presentations is an important professional skill, but often a cause of anxiety. This session will help participants to overcome the nerves by really understanding your audience, purpose and the reaction they want, considering different aspects of your communication, and using supporting materials effectively. Participants will consider both live and media-based presentations. 

    Goal setting and reflection 

    To be successful in their career participants need to take responsibility for their own development. In this workshop, we will look at the importance of setting realistic, achievable but stretching goals, and how participants can use them to manage and monitor their progress through engaging in reflective practice. 


    Participants will consider the difference between leadership and management, and recognise their potential to lead regardless of their position within an organisation. The workshop will explore creating and communicating vision, and different styles of leadership that can help participants build and maintain trust in a team, whilst delivering the vision. 

    Career planning and management. As participants complete Springboard, we want them to look ahead and take charge of their continued development. Participants will explore your interests and motivations, understand who can help them and how to build relationships with these individuals, and consider career planning – all to help them keep progressing and pursuing their interests and passions. 

    Course dates

    Springboard has multiple entry points each year. 

    The next enrolment date is 9 May 2024.

    Please enquire to find an entry point that suits you, your staff member or workforce.


    The course is delivered at our Blackfriars campus in the centre of Hereford city:

    NMITE Blackfriars Campus

    Blackfriars St


    HR4 9HS


    The total course costs are £2,500, but early bird prices are available at £1,250 for the first 10 people that sign up. 

    Make the most of our early-bird discount scheme

    Enjoy 50% off our 12-month Springboard programme with our early-bird discount for the first 10 people who sign up. Pay just £1,250, instead of the full course cost of £2,500.

    The course has been fantastic so far, and I'm so grateful to have been put forward for it. Thank you for all your hard work in making it engaging and informative.

    Springboard participant

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      Springboard has multiple entry points each year. We're happy to accept applications from employers and warmly welcome self-referrals. Simply apply via the form below or contact us for more details: or 01432 371111.

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