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Management & Leadership qualifications for those in Optical Industry

Management & Leadership qualifications for those in Optical Industry

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians’ (ABDO) Level 5 Management & Leadership qualification is now available to everyone working within the optical industry.

ABDO Management & Leadership Training is a great way to turn any informal learning into a recognised qualification through a course of study and assessment. The training courses are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) which also assesses and awards the qualification.

ABDO members have been able taking part in the training and qualifications since launch in April 2020, with 29 students studying towards diplomas and certificates. Students say that the courses are relevant, resources are easy to locate and use, tutors are easy to contact and respond in a timely fashion with the relevant information, and the courses are good value for money. All students said they would recommend the courses to others.

Mark Turner FBDO SMC(Tech) is working on the diploma and says, “I never realised there are so many tools and theories which can help you in developing, managing and leading individuals. I’d advise always to try and stretch yourself a little: this course offers just that and will be useful to anyone who is already in a similar role or looking to further their career. The tutoring has been very productive: the tutors will check, guide and give constructive feedback on your work. I’d absolutely recommend this course to others.”

Nick Walsh, ABDO’s Sector Skills Development Officer says, “These courses from ABDO are the ideal next step for any manager, whether you are just starting out or looking to formalise knowledge and experience gained in practice.” He adds, “As a manager you need to make time for your own development: this will improve the success of the business, the effectiveness of the team and the morale of the team as well as bringing benefits to your career.”

The qualification awarded by CMI is well recognised. Students get membership of CMI and access to the support and materials that they offer including the fantastic ManagementDirect online resource. It is an ideal way for employers to develop existing managers and train up those aspiring to a role in management.

ABDO Management and Leadership Training is entirely via e-learning and with the support of a tutor, removing the need for time away from the business to complete study. The qualification can be completed at either a diploma or certificate level.

To find out more, go to www.abdo.org.uk/MLT.

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