Future Generations Leadership Academy 3.0

In order to achieve the aspirations of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, we are committed to supporting and inspiring Wales’ future leaders.

The Future Generations Leadership Academy supports young people with opportunities to learn and enhance their leadership skills in Wales today and in the future. 

Following a successful pilot programme in 2019 and 2021, the Future Generations Commissioner has now launched the third cohort of our Future Generations Leadership Academy. The programme launched in September 2023 and will end in March 2024. 

We have recruited a diverse group of 34 participants. Half of the participants were selected by their employers, who are the sponsors of the academy. The remaining participants were selected through our open all-Wales recruitment process.  

The Academy is for young people aged 18-30 and the programme combines virtual and in person sessions, around 60-70 hours in total. The participants practice and improve their leadership skills, which we call ‘Superpowers’ in the programme. They also learn good practice around implementing the Well-being of Future Generations Act and its seven well-being goals, as well as the five ways of working required to achieve the goals.  

Once participants graduate from the Academy, they are invited to join our Academy alumni network, where the Future Generations Commissioner’s team continues to facilitate leadership development opportunities and where alumni members can contribute in Wales and across the borders, sharing their knowledge, experience and vision. The Alumni continue to support each other through sharing good practice around implementing Wales’ well-being goals, and applying their knowledge and skills in their organisations and their community group. 

If you’re interested in working with us please contact Korina.tsioni@futuregenerations.wales 

Read the results of the independent evaluations for the Academy. The results show the significant impact the Academy has on improving both participants’ and their organisations’ understanding of the WFGA.

It also highlights the professional and personal growth of participants, the graduates’ leadership skills as well as their public speaking and networking experience.

The Future Generations Leadership Academy is a life changing experience.

It is an opportunity for you to strengthen your leadership skills and learn about the world-leading Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.

You will also get the opportunity to join a diverse network of people from all over Wales. If you are interested in changing Wales today and for the long-term, please get in touch.
Derek Walker | Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

The Programme

The 8-month programme includes the following curriculum with 7 areas of focus. They all aim to build knowledge around the Well-being of Future Generations Act and develop skills in leadership.

1. Onboarding / Induction

Online catch ups and a scene-setting event introducing you to different elements of the programme, the Academy team, and key components of the programme. 

2. Introduction to the Well-being of Future Generations Act and the Commissioner

By learning about the WBFG Act you will be well prepared to make the most of your time with the Academy. 

3. The Seven Well-being Goals of the Act

Key sessions covering the core purposes of the WBFG Act and facilitating learning and questions around the seven well-being goals. 

4. The Five Ways of Working

Key sessions to ensure you are able to confidently move into the Action Plan element of the programme, we will understand both in theory and practice, what each of the five ways of working is.

5. Action Plans

A core part of the Academy programme is the development of Action Plans.
This takes place during the programme and is focused on supporting participants to build on and action the learning developed through the Academy to drive change in their own organisations or community.
We work closely with your line managers, if they commit to do so, in order to create a realistic and achievable plan. The development of the plan will continue as you will move into the Academy alumni network.

6. Superpowers

Workshops to upskill and develop participants’ confidence in:
  • Leading Themselves and Others
    Focusing on Leading with Others (Understanding Self and Others) 
  • Leading Yourself (incl. Personal Branding / Hybrid workplace / flexible working)
  • Leading with Empathy (Emotional Intelligence, Resilience & Failing Well)
  • Leading the Future (incl. future trends, uncertainty, data and AI)
  • Leading Change (Influencing Others, Present, Persuade and Negotiate) 

7. Graduation

A fun, interactive and celebratory event to bring everyone together! Networking opportunity, you will get to meet your mentees and showcase your action plans! At graduation we will invite participants to join our alumni network.

Meet the Team

Our Sponsors

“Hearing about other people's journeys and meeting the wider team has shown me that I am capable of a lot more than I think.”
Proud and a bit emotional at our Leadership Academy graduation! I've made lifelong friends, had more experiences than you can shake a stick at and gained so much confidence. The cohort are absolute stars and are going to change the world!
Helen Atkinson | Scouts Cymru

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