FAQs ILM coaching programmes – in company

How do we work with you to select participants for a level 5 programme?

If you are running a level 5 programme there is no requirement that participants have any prior coaching experience. But it is helpful if they have some leadership experience, and some people that they work with who they may use their coaching skills with

How do we work with you to select participants for a level 7 programme?

As this is an advanced level qualification, course participants need to have some coaching experience, either formally or informally, and they need to be comfortable with a good understanding of the rudiments of coaching
In order to establish their levels, we provide a questionnaire for them to answer. And we also hold 1-1 conversations with all potential candidates on level 7 courses, to make sure that they are coaching at the right level at the start of the programme

What materials will you provide to help promote the programme?

If you have large teams or are based on several sites, it’s not so easy for you to let everyone know about the programme. So, we provide a flyer, and also a video that outlines how things work and encourages people to sign up. We are also available to chat to anyone who is thinking about signing up but isn’t sure

How best can we support the candidates when they are studying?

This course requires a level of commitment from all the candidates, both during the training days and whilst working on assignments. Experience has shown that the best results are produced when candidates are provided with some time during their working week to work on their assignments. They will have to find some home/study time to do this as well, but often we have seen that if candidates have to do all of their study at home, then the risk of not completing increases

In addition, awareness of their assignment deadlines will be helpful, so that you will know the academic pressures they may be facing

How will you keep in touch with our organisation?

We will liaise closely with the course sponsor, on practicalities and also on candidate progress. And most of the liaising will be with the candidates themselves, supporting them through their studies

What are the timescales for completing the ILM qualification, and is there any flexibility in deadlines?

We set out a specific timetable for when each assignment is to be completed. The intention is for all assignments to be completed within 6 months of the final training day. This is a manageable deadline if regular time is given to the assignments.
There is flexibility to extend to a certain degree, in extenuating circumstances. We appreciate that people are busy and have commitments, and have experimented with more open deadlines, but overwhelming feedback has been to ask us to provide quite a tight deadline

What percentage of your candidates pass the qualification?

The ILM allows us as providers to receive draft submissions of coursework, to mark it and ask for redrafts and amendments. We don’t submit the final coursework of any candidate to the ILM until we are happy that it has reached a pass level. So, all our candidates do pass, but some have interim fails/redrafting requirements

Who should candidates use for their coaching practice?

The ILM is keen that candidates coach senior people (people with leadership/team/budget responsibilities). We suggest that candidates coach people both inside and outside of the organisation, to give variety. Avoid close friends or partners! We provide advice on how to find coaches

What resources do you provide?

Our resource bank is extensive! We provide everything that you need to complete the assignments; an answer book with templates and instructions; articles and papers; a reading and resource list. These are all in a OneDrive folder that is kept up to date