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Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 2 Award for Young Leaders

The Arete Partnership and the Institute of Leadership and Management have devised a bespoke programme for young leaders seeking to develop their leadership capabilities.

The ILM Level 2 Award for Young Leaders is ideal for aspiring leaders who are actively engaged in structured learning within their school community. The aim of the award is to help students develop a range of skills and behaviours in leadership, self-management and mentoring, as well as an appreciation of the benefits gained through participation and service.

Results for students

Learn essential skills in leadership and self-management; Develop an understanding, plus core skills, in the role of mentoring; Build evidence of your new skills through a journal of development; Improve your personal accountability and motivation; Get a nationally recognised qualification; Provide a framework through which young people will develop essential lifelong personal skills and behaviours; Provide an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification that will offer a pathway to further educational or personal development

Students will complete two units, which comprise of practical activities and two written assignments.


Unit 1 – Developing Self-leadership and Resilience for Young People

Learning objectives:

  •  Understand the  use of effective self-leadership to achieve identified goals
  •  Develop self-leadership skills
  •  Reflect on self-leadership


Unit 2 – Developing Mentoring Skills for Young People

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the young leader’s role in mentoring
  • Develop mentoring skills for young people
  • Reflect on mentoring skills development


A written assignment must be completed and submitted for each unit. Students are expected to attend several ILM Level 2 ‘drop in’ sessions, which will be held during P8. Students will be notified of the dates in advance. Students are also permitted to use the library between 7.30 and 9pm in order to complete their written assignment.