Rotary – Developing Future Leaders

Giving young people the chance to develop and grow, while earning an accredited qualification.

Equipping young people with the skills to lead.


What are the programmes?

Created in conjunction with The Institute of Leadership, these two programmes, for young people aged 14 and above, provide the opportunity to achieve an award equivalent to either a level 1 or Level 2 qualification.

Whatever point you are starting from these programmes provide opportunities for all, regardless of your academic background.

Both programmes have been successfully run in secondary schools, including with Special Educational Needs groups, Interact clubs, Rotaract clubs and other youth groups.

Communication and Teamwork Programme (Level 1)

This exciting introductory programme gives participants the opportunity to work together on a collaborative activity to improve communication and teamwork skills. Each member of the team can build their confidence and develop new skills. This programme has been developed specifically so that it can also be delivered to students with additional needs.

Leadership and Management Programme (Level 2)

This more advanced programme gives participants the opportunity to work in a team to plan, organise and deliver an event of their choice. Each member of the team has their own management role and are responsible for a section of the project being delivered.

Who is it for?

The programmes are for young people from age 14 to early 20s.


What is involved?

Students work in groups of 4-6 to plan, implement and review a community activity or service project, such as a charity toy drive for a local hospice, community litter pick or a ‘Battle of the Bands’ concert.

Candidates of either programme receive a minimum of 14 hours guided learning by an approved tutor on the concepts of leadership, communication and teamwork, delivered by an approved local tutor, while compiling and maintaining a project workbook as evidence of their learning. At the end of the process, candidates will deliver a presentation demonstrating their application of their learning through the delivery of their project.

For the Level 1 programme, the presentation is less formal and students will take part in a discussion about their achievement.

All educational resources, including teacher handbooks, project workbooks and online learning material have been developed in conjunction with and are approved by, the Institute of Leadership.

rotary leadership and management programme

The cornerstone of the programme is students getting a taste of organising practical projects, such as school recycling initiatives, community litter picks or battle of the bands competitions.


Benefits for young people

  • Both programmes provide a structured learning programme on a number of key skill sets including leadership, communication, problem-solving, planning and teamwork.
  • Each candidate has a defined role within the group, ensuring that they have both an individual and collective responsibility for the successful completion of the project.
  • The projects stretch the candidate into new areas of experience.
  • Enhances young people’s CVs for apprenticeship, university or job applications
  • Successful candidates receive certificates from both the Institute of Leadership and Rotary denoting their equivalent level 1 or 2 award


Cost of the programme

Each programme costs £90 per candidate registration fee.

This gives students temporary membership of the Institute of Leadership and access to online materials, with the only other local costs being photocopying and the set-up of the assessment process.



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Register your interest

The Rotary Developing Future Leaders Programme team are keen to hear from schools and Rotary clubs looking to get involved. They are happy to provide more details deliver presentations and offer guidance. Please complete the electronic form below.