The Roads Academy is a joint initiative from Highways England and the roads industry. It offers membership, masterclasses and development.
The Roads Academy is a cross-sector leadership development programme. Our sector continues to face significant challenges as we gear up to deliver vital investment in UK infrastructure. Over the last 7 years, our Roads Academy has aimed to secure an industry-wide step change by developing senior leaders who can tackle the complex challenges we face. We believe it will continue to make an important contribution in the years to come.
The leadership development programme offers you:
- support and development to become a skilled and influential future leader
- innovative thinking and collaboration
- a platform to share best practice
- ways to improve safety, sustainability and value for money
- an understanding of sector needs
Being a member gives you:
- the opportunity to develop your staff through a subsidised development programme
- two places on each Roads Academy masterclass, delivered by leaders in the roads sector
- access to cutting edge knowledge and best practice
- the chance to influence and contribute to the future of the roads sector
- a platform to tell the industry about your experiences and success
- the opportunity to be involved in the Roads Academy steering group
- opportunities to network across the roads sector
- regular newsletters
Become a member organisation
Email Highways England to become a member: firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual membership fee is £3,000 per organisation
The Roads Academy offers a minimum of two masterclasses each year, held at various locations around the UK. Masterclasses involve a combination of expert and/or academic input, group discussion and working with live issues.
Masterclasses are a great opportunity for collaboration and networking between member organisations, development programme participants and attendees from across the roads industry. As a masterclass delegate you will explore situations you face and share your ideas in group sessions. There are opportunities for questions and debate.
Each masterclass will cover a different topic depending on the current needs and challenges facing the sector. The underlying theory introduced at masterclasses can be a challenge to conventional thinking. Typical subjects may include:
- strategic leadership in infrastructure
- systems thinking
- crisis leadership
- thriving in a political environment
Member organisations are entitled to two places at every masterclass as part of their membership. You can purchase additional places at each masterclass - email for the latest prices. Places are also provided to current and past development programme delegates.
The Roads Academy offers a prestigious two year leadership development programme, created with significant input from the whole roads sector and expertise from both industry and academia. This programme is heavily subsidised by Highways England, offering you great value for money.
The programme is held at, and validated by, Coventry University. Coventry University combines first class facilities and innovative approaches to learning with insider knowledge and expertise.
On successful completion you will gain a formal postgraduate diploma in leadership and management and 60 Credit, Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) points at masters level. You will also be awarded a Roads Academy diploma. You will also:
- build your expertise and CV
- raise your career profile
- receive personal coaching
- network across the sector
On returning to your organisation you will act as a catalyst for change in the way industry thinks, behaves and performs.
The development programme fee is £5,000 per delegate.
About the programme
The programme challenges current thinking from day one. You will work with live issues to ensure that you can implement your learning both during the programme and beyond. Both the learning process itself and the pass-fail outcome are determined by rigorous peer and Set Advisor review. This ensures that you gain practical learning and build the skills essential to good leadership as well as being held to a high academic standard.
All the formal learning activities will be scheduled during the working week. You will typically spend up to three to four percent of your time per week (based on a full seven day week of eight hours per day) on the programme over the two-year period.
The programme emphasises the practical use of knowledge and learning for the benefit of delegate, organisation and the wider roads sector. It aims to produce people who are:
- confident in their knowledge
- skilled and influential leaders and managers
- able to tackle the complex challenges encountered in the roads sector
Delegates will attend the Roads Academy programme of masterclasses.
Before you join your fellow delegates for the first workshop you will take part in a webinar-style introduction. This provides information about programme structure, objectives and approach and gives you the opportunity to ask questions of the programme managers.
Workshop content may be subject to change in response to the evolving needs of the sector but you can view a sample programme.
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A new, cross-sector “Emerging Leaders” programme will launch in July 2017. This will take the forward-thinking leadership training from our existing Roads Academy senior leadership programme and focus it on our emerging talent at the heart of our organisations.
Further details about this programme will be available from March 2017.
If you have any questions about the academy please speak to your manager or contact a member of the Roads Academy project team.
Published: 7 September 2015
Updated: 18 January 2017
- Content updated following change of provider.
- Link to jobs site added so users can view application form
- Updated to announce that 2017 applications will open in September 2016.
- First published.