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Partnership to deliver free innovation support

Thursday 8th October

The Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Aston University’s Diversity Innovation Support Scheme (DINNOS) to help businesses boost innovation and harness the diversity within their teams.

The DINNOS project offers eligible SME leaders and managers fully-funded, digitally-delivered leadership training alongside cognitive training for their teams to help them harness the benefits of age diversity and improve innovation.

The project is part of an academic evaluation of the effectiveness of innovation support. It is fully funded by the European Union through Horizon 2020.

By participating in DINNOS, a leader or manager in each participating business will receive more than five hours of free leadership training, comprising three pre-recorded videos and four interactive online sessions over the course of eight weeks. Training will be delivered digitally and cover topics including leadership, feedback, psychological needs and implementation challenges.

Three individuals from across the organisation will also receive six to eight weeks of online cognitive training.

This will feature game-based exercises to improve cognitive skills including executive functions, memory, logical reasoning and creativity. These employees will receive compensation from DINNOS for their participation.

Together, these interventions are intended to reduce age stereotypes and any associated conflicts (if applicable), and increase individual and organisational innovation.

Participating businesses must employ 10-249 individuals. Eligible leaders and managers must be part of the business’s senior management team. For training purposes, they will be required to nominate three to seven direct reports to provide 180° feedback on their leadership. These individuals must be separate to those participating in the cognitive training.

Interested businesses can get involved and express their interest by clicking here.

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