High Potential Development Programme - HIPODEV

Defence Leadership Centre
4 x 2 day - residential
6 x 1 day - action learning sets
Multiple locations

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About this course

The Higher Potential Development Programme (HPDP) is a one year programme that is run annually.  It will provide you with tools and development support to help you realise your potential to reach Senior Civil Service (SCS) and to reflect on the skills, behaviours and commitment needed to be a fully effective member of the SCS. It will also help to develop all three key characteristics of the Civil Service Leadership Statement , as a means to help fulfil your future potential as a leader, and to understand the expectations of those in such roles. More specifically HPDP should provide:
  • a valuable time away from the office for you to focus on your own development
  • face-to-face structured learning
  • networking opportunities
  • exposure to external speakers as well as internal MOD speakers
  • an opportunity to pull together and reflect on your learning throughout the programme
  • opportunity to reflect on the aspiration and personal commitment needed to succeed as a member of the SCS

Delegates are selected by Defence Civ HR by competition that is advertised via the JOB system.

What you will learn

You will:
  • be more self-aware of your own behaviour styles and that of others, as well as the impact that different styles can have on others
  • understand what outstanding leadership looks like and be able to apply this to your own style
  • understand why leading through change is difficult and how to lead through change
  • be able to maximise your own leadership style and personal impact
  • understand and develop your own resilience
  • be able to reflect on and articulate your learning
  • understand how to continue your own development
  • understand the commitment and resilience needed to succeed in the Senor Civil Service 

How will this course help my career?

Attendance will support you in realising your potential to become a successful member of the Senior Civil Service (SCS).  CivHR supports HPDP by organising a Corporate Challenge activity where participants’ leadership skills are tested, as well as facilitating coaching and providing 1-2-1 sessions with participants.

Security and restrictions

Delegates are selected by Defence Civ HR by competition that is advertised via the JOB system.

Before you attend

Attendance is by invitation only.

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
This programme is by invitation only.

Partners across government, international or industry applicants may also attend this course.  Please register your interest above, selecting your relevant sector.

How will I learn?

Blended Learning, Classroom, E-Learning, Modular

How will you be assessed?

Your participation in the programme will be assessed throughout and a certification of attendance will be presented to delegates who complete the programme.