YMCA Lakeside professional development for future leaders

YMCA Lakeside professional development for future leaders

Download our professional development brochure to learn about all our programmes

We have programmes tailored for graduates, your apprentices, improving team performance and developing future leaders.

Leading the way

Having effective leaders at all levels of an organisation – whether they’re leading a team of 1 or 100 – can be the difference between a good business and a great business. That’s why investing in our Leadership Capability programme is an investment in your organisation’s future.

Our Leadership Capability programme equips your talented people with the personal skills, behaviours and ways of thinking they need to grow into future leaders.

Preparing for work

Getting your people ready to be future leaders of your business is at the core of our Leadership Capability programme.

Working with you, we’ll create a schedule reflecting the challenges they’ll face in their working environment, which can include:

  • Pre-course preparation projects
  • Problem-solving
  • Multi-task exercises
  • Personal challenges
  • Physical challenges
  • Presentations to peers and line managers
  • Reviews and peer-to-peer feedback
  • Learning logs
  • Appraisal linked development plans

Speak to a member of our team to find out what’s right for your company.

Leadership Capability

We take the approach that leadership is more about special kinds of thinking and behaviours, rather than special kinds of people.  At Lakeside we create an environment that allows these behaviours to flourish. By coaching, guiding and educating your talented people within this environment, we’ll help them develop their own tool box of leadership behaviours that they can take into the workplace.

With you all the way

To make sure your investment in our Leadership Capability Programme leads to measurable benefits for your organisation learning continues beyond Lakeside. We offer follow-up sessions where leaders can share their progress, refresh their knowledge and review their progress, in line with your company objectives.

Safe by design

Your future leaders will learn that safety comes first at Lakeside, just as it does in the workplace. For peace of mind, we’re fully accredited by The Adventure Activity Licensing Authority (AALA) and work with them to make sure we have the highest possible level of expertise and leadership in risk management assessment and safety at all times.

All instructors hold relevant certifications, are first aid trained, police and CRB checked. Many also have further qualifications making them technical experts in their specialist field. We also put all instructors through our rigorous training programme, so you can be confident that your future leaders are trained by the best.


Our Leadership Capability Programmes are physically demanding, and your future leaders will certainly work up an appetite.  Our self-service restaurant offers a range of healthy and nutritious meals for guests. We can also cater for most dietary needs and allergies. Please let us know about any special requirements when you make your booking.


We offer basic yet functional accommodation on site. Most of our rooms are hostel-style dorms with bedding provided.

Equipment and clothing

We provide all specialist equipment and safety gear, including harnesses, wetsuits, life jackets and helmets.

We’ll be challenging your future leaders to the limit though, so outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear are essential. Call our team to request a copy of our essential clothing and accessories checklist.

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