College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q) graduated 19 students from the first two classes of its Institute for Leadership & Management?s First Line Management training last week.
CNA-Q interim president Enid Strickland was joined by representatives of the ILM, Maureen Steer and Deborah Peters, CNA-Q executive, instructors, families and friends on the occasion.
Speaking on behalf of the students, Faruk Azad thanked the instructors and the institution for offering the course. He summed up the difficulties and rewards of the programme by observing that “the challenge of studying and working at the same time is a tough process and it?s often hard to maintain a balance. But the rewards and achievements are immeasurably greater.”
Of the 19 graduates, 16 received the 3rd level diploma in First Line Management while three others received the Award in First Line Management.
The diploma requires participants to complete 23 modules of study including 232 hours of class time and 154 assignments in a one year period. The award requires four modules of studying with 34 hours of classroom study.
CNA-Q first partnered with ILM in 2007 after an intensive search for a learning partner for a professional management designation.
The UK based ILM is Europe?s largest awarding body for leadership and management qualifications.
“We saw the opportunity to not only partner with a respected, well-know organisation, but also to enrich the local community by offering this training,” Strickland said.
Though CNA-Q is one of many ILM approved training centres around the world, it is the only centre in Qatar to offer programmes to the public.
Speaking on behalf of ILM, Steer praised the hard work of CNA-Q in the process of becoming an approved centre. “What you have achieved has reached an international standard and you should be congratulated on that,” she stated.
The ILM officials added: “You have been benchmarked against industry standards in the UK and have met, and possibly even exceeded them in terms of requirements.”
One of these requirements was that the programme instructors have not only an academic background, but also hold management experience.
Many CNA-Q instructors, for both Continuing Education courses and core programs have extensive industry experience which enriches their classroom teachings.
The ILM Diploma in First Line Management is one of many programmes offered by CNA-Q?s Corporate & Continuing Education department.
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