Civil Service

The aim of the Assistant Principal Programme is to support individual and collective leadership capacity in public sector organisations and to support Assistant Principals (APs) in meeting the challenges of delivering and adapting to change, while maintaining performance and service quality standards.

Assistant Principal Officer Programme

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

The Assistant Principal Programme has been modified for online delivery.  It will be delivered over two days from 9:30am - 4:30pm each day, with a number of short breaks throughout the day.  It will be delivered remotely via MS Teams and facilitated by a subject matter expert.

Please note that as this is an interactive programme of training with an emphasis on engagement and skill building, we limit the size of the group.  If you wish to book places for a number of staff from a single organisation, we recommend that you contact training@ipa.ie in the first instance, as a tailored programme may be more suitable.

Scheduled Dates include:

  • 16-17 November 2022

Commences

16-17 November 2022 Bookings for this course will close two weeks in advance of the start date.

Entry Requirements

Participants of this programme will typically be newly appointed to the Assistant Principal (AP) role or have been working in the role for less than 5 years.

Duration

Two Day Online Course

Fees & Enrolment

Fee: The cost of this two-day online course is €790 per person.

Booking: Bookings must be received in writing using a booking form or the online booking option (see below).

All bookings will be confirmed via email. Please send completed booking forms to:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration
57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135
Email: training@ipa.ie

All IPA courses are subject to minimum participant numbers and bookings will typically close one week prior to the course start date.

Cancellation Policy: Please note, that in the event of a cancellation less than 48 working hours before the commencement of a course, a 15% cancellation fee will be charged.  Cancellation fee will also apply to non-arrivals on the day.

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The Programme

The aim of the Assistant Principal Programme is to support individual and collective leadership capacity in public sector organisations and to support Assistant Principals (APs) in meeting the challenges of delivering and adapting to change, while maintaining performance and service quality standards.

Who is this for?

This programme is for Assistant Principal Officers (APOs) and equivalent grades in the Civil Service and State Agencies.  Participants of the programme will typically be newly appointed to the Assistant Principal (AP) role or have been working in the role for less than 5 years.

Learning Outcomes

The Assistant Principal programme will support APs to achieve their leadership and people management responsibilities and potential by understanding and focusing on:

  • Their role as AP within the context of their individual institutions and the wider public sector change, performance and innovation agenda
  • The impact of their leadership style on others and their approach to delivering results
  • The behaviours and practices necessary to lead, develop and manage others effectively
  • Relevant employee engagement strategies that deliver strategic objectives and results
  • The dynamics of change, why people resist change and how best to lead and deliver change
  • Enhanced individual resilience to follow through on expectations and commitments to manage high performing teams
  • Take a proactive approach to own and further competency development
Course Content

This Assistant Principal Programme will cover the following areas:  

  • The Strategic Context of Change
  • The Challenges of Leading Change
  • Management and Leadership
  • Creating High Performing Teams and Work Environments
  • Managing Communications and Resolving Conflicts in the Workplace
  • Leading with Resilience
  • Leadership in Practice – Skills and Approaches
Other Information

The Assistant Principal programme can be tailored to the specific requirements of a Government Department or Agency and delivered on an in-house basis at a negotiated rate. Please email training@ipa.ie if you would like further information about customised training. One of our Training team will then be in contact to determine your specific training requirements and provide you with a quotation.

Course Leader

This course will be delivered by members of our Leadership and Management Training Team, Susan Hawkins and Georgina McElwee.

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