What do you learn with a management apprenticeship?

 

This question has a range of answers – and they all include “everything that makes a great manager and leader, for every organisation, in every industry!”

Leadership – and managing a team of employees – comes down to far more than knowing how to face conversations, how to maintain documentation, how to delegate tasks among a team, and the operational and financial management of the company’s assets. It’s about inspiring people, supporting people, understanding business, and being passionate about the organisation and the people within it.

Great leadership means committing to performing well – and to supporting the whole team to do the same.

How can you inspire that kind of attitude in your future leaders?

To put it simply; support their development.

If you want to be sure that your future managers and leaders are as passionate about the growth and success of your organisation as you are, you need to show them that their professional development matters to you and to your company.

One way to do that is to invest in their growth, and support that development in a practical and effective way; an apprenticeship in leadership and management.

Don’t let your workforce stagnate and look elsewhere for their growth opportunities – nurture them, develop the skills they were employed for in the first place, and make use of the financial investments you have already made into your Apprenticeship Levy – and encourage your team to take part in a level 3 or 5 ILM accredited apprenticeship for leaders and managers.

If you have a wage bill over £3 million, you will already have invested in the Apprenticeship Levy  – the cost for these apprenticeships is covered, and you won’t need to pay a penny more towards the training; our full cost is covered by the funds in your levy accounts. It frees up your existing L&D budget for other development needs.

If you don’t pay into the Apprenticeship Levy you can still introduce an Apprentice Programme and pay direct for the delivery – the prices for Level 3 are £4,500, and for Level 5 it’s just £7,000.

Get in touch today to find out more, and let’s build your future leadership team from within.

Call 03300 241336 or get in touch through the website where you can also download guides for each course.

Who are apprenticeships right for?

There’s an outdated – and very inaccurate – view of apprenticeships, which marks them out as a lesser choice, and purely for those who want to get into blue collar professions.

But since 2016 a significant number of businesses across the UK have been paying into the apprenticeship levy – building a significant funding pool intended to cover the costs of apprenticeships for the development of their workforce. This funding can cover any apprenticeship – and that includes training your leaders of tomorrow.

Modern apprenticeships are a world away from the low paid training of years gone by; they are the best way to train for your future whilst earning for your present, building your skills and experience whilst you also build your relationship with the team, you’re embedded in.

Every successful leader knows that it’s far more successful to train your future leaders from within, building on the skills and traits that you need for your senior roles, than it is to recruit them from external sources where they might not understand or embody the values that are important to your organisation.

That is what makes management apprenticeships the ideal solution to your future needs – developing the skills of your existing team to encourage and support their development. This not only means that you are likely to secure strong leaders and managers for your team, it also saves time and investment in drawn out recruitment processes and reduces the turnover of people who don’t feel fulfilled or that their developmental needs are being met.

It seems like a win-win situation, investing instead in training the existing members of your workforce – and when you also keep in mind that you’ve already been paying for this training, with the apprenticeship levy investments that your company have been contributing towards, it’s also not going to cost you anything more than you’ve already paid out.

Apprenticeships are ideal for anyone who wants to secure the future of their brand. Those studying for the ILM Level 3 diploma for leaders and managers are being given the skills and experience which make them strong team leaders or supervisors. They will develop a better understanding of how to maintain and manage standards of work, support and guide their team even under pressure, and communicate effectively as the face of the company.

For more senior management positions, the ILM Level 5 diploma for leaders and managers builds on those skills, as well as covering the specific skills and tasks that a leader or manager is expected to carry out.

A benefit of working with the Management Apprentice team is that we can tailor the specifics of these apprenticeships to suit your organisation – embed your values and the behaviours that matter most to you. We aren’t just teaching leadership and management skills – we can teach the skills which matter to your organisation – and protect you against the challenges which your company’s future might face.

If your organisation has been making payments into the Apprenticeship Levy and you aren’t sure how to invest the money before it expires, call us today; we can guide you through the process and help you to protect your organisation against the leadership skills gap that could see your team stagnate.

Why apprenticeships?

We know – it’s a word that makes you think of manual labour, or of young kids starting out on their career – but what if we told you that apprenticeships are a superb option for those wanting to develop their leadership skills, progress in professional environments and grow in confidence – without a power tool in sight?

More importantly than that, if you’ve been paying into the Levy fund, you’ve already invested the money that funds these apprenticeships – and if you don’t act soon, you might lose what you’ve already paid out.

ILM – the Institute of Leadership and Management – with whom we are accredited for delivering and assessing apprenticeships – have some fascinating leadership facts and statistics; let’s explore some of those here:

Poor people management is hitting the efficiency of UK businesses by an average of 8%, costing UK PLC £84bn a year.

That sum is staggering – and poor people management can only stem from a lack of leadership skills – something which a Level 3 or 5 diploma for leaders and managers could improve, bringing better communication and management for teams of any size and preventing the loss of profits that inefficiency can bring.

When you also learn that a 2015 report from the CEBR – the Centre for Economics Business Research – showed that businesses and consumers alike would prefer to do business with an employer who has embraced apprenticeships for their workforce, and that recruitment in every industry acknowledges there is a significant skills gap when trying to fill leadership and management roles, it seems like the obvious solution;

87% of employers struggle to recruit staff who have the skills they need

Of these, 38% highlight management roles as the hardest to fill

If you invest your Levy funding in leadership and management apprenticeships you’ll develop your own committed and passionate people from within, you’ll improve the skills and experience within your own workforce, benefiting as an organisation from that development, and best of all your customers will recognise and appreciate that improvement, boosting the growth of your organisation.

With businesses across the UK paying into the apprenticeship Levy since April 2017 the funds have been building up for some time – but a significant number of those businesses still aren’t sure where or how to spend that investment, still believing that apprenticeships are a niche area for study which don’t meet their needs.

No matter what industry you’re in, that Levy investment you’ve already made is there to benefit your organisation – and the leadership and management apprenticeships which we can tailor to your company’s specific needs will boost the skills and understanding of your future leaders, improving the organisation exponentially, with no further outlay because you’ve already invested that funding.

The UK’s management skills gap has seen us falling behind the other G8 nations in recent years – yet still managers and leaders are the least likely to receive formal training within their organisation; it’s time to buck that trend and look to your future, and the future leaders who prepare to take the helm.

More people than ever before are eligible for apprenticeship training – and too many employers aren’t even aware that they’re missing out; in fact, the recent City & Guilds Skills Shortage Nation report revealed that just 19% of employers are aware that managers, directors and senior official job roles could be being filled right now by apprentices, and 59% of the UK’s HR professionals are not aware of new standards that allow apprenticeships to be used as a developmental tool which will prevent the skills gap crisis impacting their organisation.

At Management Apprentice we take huge pride in our market-leading management apprenticeship solutions, which are designed to create a more qualified and better trained workforce. Our end-to-end offer has been custom built for apprenticeships and includes qualifications, training resources, end point assessment and digital credentials. Working with two other companies – ASK Europe and Insight Solutions – we have brought together three decades of experience, knowledge and expertise, all of which is brought together in the Level 3 and Level 5 Leadership and Management Diplomas which could be the solution to your organisation’s needs.

Call today on 03300 241336 and visit our programme page to learn more about the apprenticeship courses.

Leadership skills you can learn with us 

There is so much more to leadership and management than simply ‘being in charge’ – and it’s something which comes with experience, and the right guidance. The right guidance is where we come in – and we’ll help you through the full programme of your learning as you gain the experience you need to succeed.

But what, exactly, do you need to learn to be a great leader or manager? Here’s just some of the areas we cover in our Level 3 and Level 5 Diplomas:

Communication

Not just telling people what to do – but effectively communicating what you need to, why you need tasks to be fulfilled, who you trust to do those things, and how you listen to your team in response. Communication is a two-way street, and it’s just as important to listen as it is to speak – and the best leaders know the right time for both.

Organisation

Managing the day-to-day tasks that come with managing a team, heading up a business, and ensuring that everything runs smoothly can be quite the challenge – and part of your learning is how to prioritise your workload, delegate to the appropriate people, and ensure that everything goes to plan, all tasks are completed, and any surprises are effectively managed.

How to manage people

As well as being ‘in charge’ and leading from the front, leaders and managers have to understand their team, as a whole and as individuals, and how to meet their needs as well as expecting a high standard from them in the workplace. Managing people can be challenging, particularly if you’re new to a senior position – so you’ll learn, in practice and in theory, how to handle complex situations, how to communicate in challenging times, and how to inspire and guide your team.

Project Management

Knowing what to do, when, and in what order can seem overwhelming – so we’ll teach you to break a project down into smaller tasks, understand how to prioritise and delegate, and plan for every eventuality, ensuring that no balls get dropped and nothing is left unfinished on your watch!

Finance

Business relies on profit – and keeping track of this profit, the costs of running a business, the income brought in, and the accounting of all those figures is something you’ll have to understand, even if the accounting itself is carried out by someone else; an understanding of the figures and how they are impacted by the performance of your team is a vital component in successful leadership.

Problem Solving

Sometimes things don’t go entirely to plan – and it’s up to you to find a way through the situation; problem solving can mean anything from rearranging a rota to dealing with angry customers, and anything in between – and you need to learn how to keep your cool and break the situation down so that you can handle it.

Self-Awareness

Key to great leadership is understanding your own strengths and weaknesses – and those of everyone in your team, so that you can work as a cohesive whole to be sure that everything is done well. It isn’t your job as leader to be bigger, better and louder than your team – it’s your job to understand how everyone functions together, and this means that self-awareness is a key skill.

As you can see, there’s a lot to learn but don’t worry; we are there for every step of the process, and we work with the organisation you work for to create a supportive network of people who will guide you through the learning process, support you in applying what you learn to the workplace, and answer any questions or concerns you might have as the learning progresses.

Call us today, or download our guide, to learn more about the courses we run, and why they are right for you.

It’s never too late to be an Apprentice

Apprenticeships are something that many think of as belonging to the young – as courses that teenagers and young people do to train for their chosen career – but we’re here to tell you that professional qualifications are for everyone, including you.

At any age, at any stage in your career, an ILM Level 3 or 5 Diploma for Leaders and Managers is designed to be the next step up the ladder, expanding on your experience and existing knowledge and offering you a nationally recognised qualification in management.

Apprenticeships might be a word that comes with a stigma, bringing with it associations with young people, poor pay and dodgy practitioners offering certificates that don’t mean much outside of their own organisation – but those days are far behind us, and we can guarantee that the qualifications we offer are formally accredited by the ILM – the Institute of Leadership and Management – and no matter what industry you are in, the qualifications are a recognised and respected mark of your qualifications for any leadership or management position.

Not only that, but you don’t have to take a career break, or step down to a low-paid role to pursue the qualification – you can learn in-role in any leadership or management position, or in your current role in order to progress to a higher level, meaning you can earn as you learn.

You can see from our ‘how we do it’ page that we tailor your learning to your needs – shaping your course around the role you’re in or aiming for, and fitting your learning into your existing workload, making it fully experiential – i.e. you’re learning by doing, and are tested on what you’ve already achieved.

You can come to us independently, funding your own learning – or you can access the course through your employer, who can take advantage of the Government’s Levy Funding, which covers the cost of the training, and offers you access to professional support and training to further your career at no cost to yourself.

When you consider that the benefits of studying for the ILM Level 3 or 5 Diploma for Leaders and Managers include promotion, better understanding of your skills and position as a leader, and an increased ability to perform in that role, helping to further the careers of the team around you and improving the organisation you are employed by, and factor in that the training comes with wrap-around support, Levy funding and the knowledge that you can learn in the job you’re already in, improving your abilities and knowledge without needing to lose your income, apprenticeships suddenly seem very appealing.

Call us today on  03300 241336 to discover more, or download our guides for full details of the Level 3 and Level 5 courses.

Management Apprenticeship FAQs.

Q1. Do leading management and business schools, as well as professional management bodies, offer apprenticeships?

 A. The simple answer is yes! Two of the UK’s most influential professional bodies, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) who accredit our programmes, now offer management apprenticeships. These are available in a range of levels, from Level 3 up to Senior Leader Master Degree apprenticeships, and can be studied at any age and any stage of your career.

Q2. I thought that an apprenticeship was something manual workers or tradespeople did – not managers?

 A. Perhaps, in years gone by, this was true – and apprenticeships were something those wanting to learn a ‘trade’ may choose over academic further education. However, this has now changed – and an apprenticeship is a great way to learn by experience, and to develop your leadership and management skills.

Q3. Can existing managers and senior managers study for an apprenticeship?

A. Absolutely. In fact, it’s been proven that the most successful management apprenticeship programmes are developed to combine experiential on-the-job training with online or classroom based formal learning and coaching, which helps to embed what has been learned and shows significant impact in the workplace.

Q4. As an employer I am concerned that offering apprenticeships to my Managers will give the impression they are only starting their careers in management, and imply a lack of ability…how do I overcome this?

 A. There may be some lingering misconceptions about apprenticeships, harking back to “traditional apprenticeships”. These days, apprenticeships aren’t for youngsters starting out on their career – and they are developed by training providers working closely with an employer, meaning the programme meets the needs of the organisation and includes in-role and off-the-job training and end-point assessments. This training is suited to anyone – no matter their age or experience – and tailored to meet their developmental needs.

Q5. We employ a technician who has asked us if they can study a Level 3 Management Apprenticeship. Is this a possibility?

A. If your technician is in a position where people report to them, or is working towards that scenario, then yes, an apprenticeship is entirely suitable and would help them to develop their career and the skills required for leading a team.

Q6. If I have an employee or manager in role, how can we manage the 20% ‘off-the-job’ training? We can’t have people out of the office for days at a time!

 A. Off-the-job training doesn’t require an apprentice to be away from the office for 20% of the time; this time is meant to be used for active learning, studying for the qualification, or face-to-face training – which can include job shadowing. Much of what is being learned can be applied directly to their role, benefiting the organisation as the apprentice studies, applying these key management skills.

Q7. What do you mean by level 3 or level 5?

A. The Level 3 Management Apprenticeship is designed for those beginning their leadership career; this is tailored for line managers, team leaders or supervisors. Level 5 is designed for those with more experience, and applied at a higher level – i.e. an operational, departmental or regional manager.

 

Q8. How long will it take to complete a Management Apprenticeship?

 A. The programme must be a minimum of 12 months, often up to 24 months, which means it’s a significant commitment from the apprentice themselves and from their employer organisation. The workload includes training sessions, assignments, projects and assessments throughout the programme.

Q9. It sounds great – but how can we be certain that it will deliver a return on our investment if we commit to a management apprenticeship?

A. It takes time to change the culture of any organisation – and to guarantee success, every level of your business and senior management will have to commit to the process, developing and reinforcing a culture of learning and development in your organisation.

Apprenticeships open doors for this culture, and demonstrate the vital importance of Learning and Development initiatives, and benefit the organisation long-term as people feel supported, learn and apply new skills, and perform better in-role as a result.

Call today on 03300 241336  or explore our ‘what we do‘ page where you can download full brochures about each course, and learn more about the Apprenticeships we offer.