If you need to be able to deliver operational plans, lead teams, manage change and resources and achieve operational or departmental objectives as part of your organisation’s strategy, this apprenticeship is for you.
Designed for new managers and leaders looking to develop their skills at managing a team, the apprenticeship incorporates the latest knowledge from the L5 Diploma from the Chartered Management Institute through taught sessions at our Southampton campus – then gives you the chance to put your new knowledge into practice in your own workplace, tailoring your skills to your organisation’s unique characteristics and culture, and honing the behaviours required to achieve the apprenticeship.
As and apprentice you pay no course fees, with costs covered by your employer’s apprenticeship levy (and SMEs paying only 5% of the full course cost). Over 24 months you will study the units from the Chartered Management Institute through fortnightly face-to-face study sessions, building up a network of peers from a wide range of organisations and industries – and building a strong foundation of management experience to help you work towards Chartered Manager status in the future.
Your employer will allow you 20% of your working week to develop yourself, while you can applying what you have learnt back in the workplace, guided by your tutors in conjunction with your employer.
Apprenticeships can add value at all levels of your business:
- Upskill your staff with industry relevant qualifications.
- Drive an increase in productivity.
- Promote long-term loyalty and reduce staff turnover.
- Reduce the cost of qualifications and training.
- Develop staff with a minimum of interruption to day-to-day operations.
- Offer genuine opportunities for personal development to both full-and part-time staff.
- Scale your business with the help of an increasingly skilled workforce.
Here's what a higher or degree apprenticeship can offer you:
- A combination of on-the-job and academic study which is relevant and applied.
- A continued wage and contract of employment which includes all the same benefits as any employee.
- A higher or degree qualification which is recognised, transferrable and the same level as if achieved through traditional study routes.
- A debt free future with zero tuition fees. (Please note, as apprenticeships are funded by employers, apprentices are not eligible to apply for Student Loans Company loans)
- An opportunity to develop new skills and progress within your industry.
What does this course lead to?
This apprenticeship is an essential step in your management career, helping build a strong foundation for a future career and laying a clear pathway to Chartered Manager status and senior management positions.
Who is this course for?
This apprenticeship is developed for professionals from a wide range of industries and organisations, who are new to management or looking to develop their existing skills with the latest theory and thinking. Roles may include: operations manager, regional manager, divisional manager, department manager and specialist managers.
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Meet the team
The apprenticeship teaching team are experienced both in industry and in academia, and are ideally placed to support apprentices on their learning journey.
The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.
Principles of Management and Leadership in an Organisational Context
You will start of this module by learning about the internal environment of an organisation, that is, the impact that legal status has on it (whether it is a limited company, a partnership, etc) and what they consist of.
Principles of Developing, Managing and Leading Individuals and Teams to Achieve Success
The module opens by focusing on the theoretical and practical approaches to developing, leading, and managing teams (remote or multidisciplinary).
Managing Stakeholder Relationships
The content of this module will enable you to take a long hard look at business relationships which will be useful not only in your workplace; collaborative working and developing lasting relationships in any aspect is a lifelong skill.
Managing Projects to Achieve Results
This is a great module for improving your organisation and planning skills. It focuses on what you need to know and be able to do to manage projects successfully and overcome problems and challenges.
Many of the tools and techniques that you have encountered to date will be really helpful in the context of managing change – this will help you to recognise and re-apply models and theoretical approaches, and give you a specific context within which to explore leadership.
Creating and Delivering Operational Plans
The module opens with enabling you to understand the strategic direction of the organisation, how important that is and how it contributes to the strategic planning process.
This module has been designed to enhance your confidence and credibility in financial management, which in turn will help to improve your management skills.
Reflective Practice for Personal and Professional Development
You will learn how to reflect on performance; it is one of those skills that we do in everyday life as a matter of course - often thinking about how a situation went, why it happened that way, what you could do about it next time - that is the process of reflective practice.
Successful apprentices will graduate with a:L5 Diploma
How you'll studyYou will learn through a combination of directed learning, collaborative learning and guided learning. You will also make use of the University's online learning platform Solent Online Learning (SOL).
Businesses with an annual payroll above £3million will be classed as a levy paying employer and will be able to use funds accrued in their digital apprenticeship service (DAS) account for payment of the training. Please contact us for guidance on fees if you are a non-levy employer which will cover at least 95% of the costs.
- The 2022/23 programme cost is not yet available. For guidance, the 2021/22 cost was: £7,000
An apprenticeship levy payer is classed as any UK employer with a PAYE bill in excess of £3m. A 0.5% deduction will be taken from PAYE over this £3m marker directly through the HMRC.
This 0.5% becomes the employers levy fund, which they can use to upskill their existing staff with apprenticeship qualifications or introduce new apprentices to their organisation.Find out more
Non-levy paying businesses and businesses that need to supplement their digital levy account will need to co-invest 5% of the cost of the training. The government will pay the remaining 95%.
Small businesses (<50 employees) will receive 100% of the funding where the apprentice is 16-18 years old or is between 19-24 and has a local authority education, health and care plan (EHC plan).Find out more
Apprentices pay nothing towards their course fees
The course fees will be covered by your employer.
While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact email@example.com.
Earn while you learn
As an apprentice you'll earn while working and studying towards your degree.
There is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket is currently £15. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
GCSE English and maths are required to pass through the gateway assessment; if they are not held at the start of the course, the apprentice must complete them with our functional skills support partner.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship offers a unique blend of work experience and academic study. Candidates on an apprenticeship will work a paid job while simultaneously working towards a relevant qualification in their chosen field.
Apprentices are employees with a contract of employment which offers the same benefits and protections as any other employee. Apprentices will typically work for four days of the week, using the remaining day to attend classes and study.
Higher degree apprenticeships
Solent offers a diverse range of higher and degree apprenticeships, all of which are underpinned with recognised and transferable degree qualifications (BA, BSc, etc).
Higher apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships give employees the opportunity to upskill in their chosen field or retrain for a new career while working.
They offer employers the opportunity to develop their staff - improving productivity, increasing knowledge, and boosting expertise within the workforce.Find out more
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