About this Breakthrough course

Succession planning and developing the skills of managers to enable them to adopt a more strategic approach to their work is an on-going issue for organisations striving to maintain competitiveness whilst also ensuring a continuous high standard of service delivery.

The Breakthrough programme aims to develop the leadership and management skills of managers including being involved in determining the strategic direction of their organisation. This in-company course is action learning based and designed to encourage managers to work together on team-based projects that are relevant to the strategic plans and direction of their organisation.

The overall design follows the 70:20:10 model of blended learning which recognises that 70% of learning and development comes from the experience on the job, 20% comes from learning from other people (usually their manager) and 10% comes from further training.


Leading to QQI Strategic Planning Component Certificate Level 6 (6N33673)


6 days face-to-face + 9 eLearning modules to be completed over three months


QQI Course: €10,000
Non-QQI Course: €7,500


Maximum 18 participants


40 hours tutor lead, 9 hours eLearning, 100 hours work based learning (150  total hours)


50 CPD points

Who are our courses for?

Who is this training for?

Breakthrough is designed to suit the needs of managers working in all sectors. It is aimed at those managers who wish to assume greater strategic and managerial responsibility in the future.

Course Details

Course content

Tutor-led Modules

  • The strategic planning process
  • Formulating a vision, mission and goals
  • Using management tools
  • Crafting a strategy
  • Implementing a strategy
  • Evaluating a strategy
  • Working in teams
  • Presentation skills

Strategic Project

The group strategic projects are mentored by an appropriate senior manager and aligned with the strategic objectives of the organisation. It allows participants to make a significant contribution to performance in areas of strategic importance.

eLearning Modules

  • Role of a manager
  • Engaging staff through personal leadership
  • Engaging staff through enrolment
  • Execution: preparing for performance
  • Execution: support team effort
  • Envisaging success: developing a strategic focus
  • Envisaging success: strategy into action
  • Envisaging success: managing change

QQI Assessment

When QQI Level 6 accreditation is required participants will be required to complete an assignment  and a work based strategic project.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the programme participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the strategic planning process
  • Assess the aims, short and long term objectives, SMART objectives, mission statements, and strategic vision of the organisation
  • Appraise group and teamwork
  • Assess the role of synergies within teams
  • Utilise a range of key management tools, to include SWOT and PESTEL, to analyse and draw conclusions
  • Formulate a strategic plan for a period of 3-5 years
  • Support the development of a mission statement and a strategic visionManaging


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