The Aim of BLP
The Bristol Leadership Programme aims to deepen and broaden the talent pool from which the next generation of leaders will emerge.
We will proactively identify young people with high ability, and who are already aspirational from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The programme will nurture their leadership potential for accelerated personal growth, giving participants the tools to aim even higher.
BLP seeks to invest in the next generation of leaders from a diverse range of backgrounds, and propel them forward to apply to some of the best global universities, access the best courses for their talents to flourish and putting their gifts to work to create a better and fairer future for those who follow them.
This programme sets out to be transformative; a launch pad for a future Bristol Mayor, leader in the creative industries or MP while also investing in the broader spectrum of Bristol leadership in the voluntary, private and faith sectors. Our vision is that Bristol will become a city of leadership, giving formative investment and life experiences to people who will go on to take up positions of leadership locally, nationally and internationally.
Bristol remains challenged by gender, race and class fractures. Unquantifiable amounts of young talent are lost to the city every year in part because the social, economic, political structures that nurture leadership are not equally available to all. We aim to begin a process which changes this and which brings city institutions and businesses together to invest in securing Bristol's future as an inclusive, sustainable and thriving world city.
BLP will work with schools and colleges to identify around 15 students each year who have leadership potential, but who may face barriers to achieving their goals due to their socio-economic background or challenging circumstances.
Participants will be nominated for the programme via their sponsors (educational establishment or other agencies) to undergo a selection process. Successful candidates will be accepted onto the programme and we aim to work with sponsors to identify other talent management programmes across the city for all who meet the initial criteria for BLP.