The UK International Coach Federation (ICF) has launched a pilot membership for organisations to support them to build coaching internally.

The professional body’s UK chapter’s move is a response to the growth in interest and sophistication in organisations around the coaching agenda.

Sharon Toye, vice president, UK ICF, who was instrumental in getting the scheme off the ground, said, “It’s very clear that organisations are now shaping the agenda for coaching.”

ICF for Organisations is targeted at all organisations interested in coaching, whether they’re starting out or already have a developed offering. The initiative seeks to encourage and enable organisations to develop their thinking around use and delivery of coaching, whether that be internal coaches, leaders as coaches or external coaches.

Before launching the pilot, the UK ICF talked to about 40 organisations about their concerns and key trends.

Recurring themes included wanting recognition and accreditation for internal coaches and managers; establishing a coaching culture, and growing a UK-based coaching community of and for organisations.

The UK ICF is working closely with eight organisations including KPMG, Grant Thornton and NHS England/Improvement on its advisory board to ensure the scheme “meets the needs of a wide range of organisations from SMEs and not-for-profits through to global corporates, wherever they are in their journey”, said Toye.

The membership scheme, which launched at the beginning of November 2019, offers a suite of benefits, including access to a network of “like-minded and progressive people who want to develop coaching in their organisations”, the opportunity to grow knowledge and understanding of coaching in organisations, and access to research on trends.

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