“Partnering with Sellafield Ltd and CforLP we are offering smaller organisations in West Cumbria the chance to secure a bursary to fund a place on a bespoke leadership development programme.” 


 Luke Richardson, 

 Social Impact Manger, OneAIM


Bursary Applications are open. 

Bursaries are being made available by OneAIM, Sellafield Ltd and the Centre for Leadership Performance which will support the development of small business and the third sector leaders in West Cumbria.

Leader to Leader is an eight-month leadership development programme aimed at senior leaders who want to improve their leadership capability in a collaborative and practical way. The course is run by a local not for profit The Centre for Leadership Performance.

The programme offers a highly individual learning journey with time for reflection, observation and application of learning back in the workplace. The eight months allow a gradual, evolving approach with many opportunities to problem solve and integrate learning in a practical and business-focused way with the support of other local leaders. You can find out more about the course here.

Up to four small business leaders and two third sector leaders will benefit from the bursaries which are being made available by OneAIM (a joint venture between Jacobs and Mitie), Sellafield Ltd and CforLP. This follows similar offers in 2017, 2018 and 2019 which have seen leaders from smaller organisations supported to take part in Leader to Leader.

Applications are open from 27th November 2020 to 12th February 2021. Those chosen for a bursary will be notified by 26th February 2021.


Who can apply? Small business leaders or third sector leaders (see the criteria below for further detail).

What does the bursary cover? The full cost of a place on Leader to Leader is £3,850 plus VAT. Bursaries are available to cover the full cost of a place.

Why are you offering the bursary? Leadership is important in all organisations. OneAIM, Sellafield Ltd and CforLP recognise that the cost of the programme can be a barrier for smaller organisations who want to develop their leadership capability. Small businesses and the third sector have a valuable role to play in the success of the local economy and our local communities. We are therefore offering bursaries to widen participation in leadership development and encourage the collaboration of organisations in the local economy.

If I am awarded a bursary, what is expected from me? First and foremost, we ask that you can commit the time and effort necessary to maximise this opportunity, circa 15 days and an openness and willingness to learn and support the learning of others.

Criteria for small business leaders

You must be a small – medium sized enterprise (EU definition)

You must be based in West Cumbria (i.e an office or premises in Copeland or Allerdale)

You must be the owner or director of the small business

You must be able to commit to the approx 15 days throughout the calendar year to attend the course

You do not have to be part of OneAIM or Sellafield Ltd's supply chain to apply. We welcome applications from small local businesses from all sectors (who meet the above criteria).


Criteria for third sector leaders   

You must be employed by a third sector organisation with office or premises within Copeland or Allerdale

You must be part of the senior leadership or management team

You must be able to commit to the approx 15 days throughout the calendar year to attend the course


How to apply

The application is a two-part process. Complete part one by clicking here


Once you have completed part 1, you will be emailed with instructions of how to complete part 2.

Part 2 requires you to record a video answering the question 'Tell us about an important leadership lesson and what you learned from it". 


Applications will close on 12 February 2021 at 5pm

If you have any questions about the Leader to Leader course, please contact Catherine Eve - 07949 568 895.

If you have any questions about the bursaries, please contact Luke Richardson - 07889 814 337.