World of Learning; apprentice zone

Last week we were at the World of Learning event in Birmingham, where Toni Clarkson spoke in the apprentice zone about ‘Management Apprentice; a route to leadership’ – which saw a lot of people approaching our stand wanting further information on how we could help with Levy investments, apprenticeships and further development of future leaders.

Some images from the event are below – as you can see, we had with us some well-known faces offering their own insights into successful leadership; none other than Management Guru David Brent and Assistant (to the) regional manager, Gareth Keenan!

If you have any follow-up questions about the topics covered in Toni’s talk, or want further information on how to invest your Levy funding in management apprenticeships through us, give us a call on 03300 241336 or download a brochure directly and contact us here.

The event was a great way to meet many of you face to face, and we are looking forward to next time!

Apprenticeships vs University

In years gone by there was an elitist assumption that a university education was better than an apprenticeship – that apprenticeships were just for those who weren’t ‘smart’ enough for further education and had to ‘get a trade’ instead.

Sadly, this is a reputation that has stuck with Apprenticeships, despite the fact that you can finish with a qualification equivalent to a Master’s Degree, that Apprenticeships can be applied to a wide range of professions and industries, and even to Leadership and Management.

Because of this negative association, more people than ever are choosing to go to University – to spend three years (at least!) working towards a qualification that no longer has the clout it once had in the job market, missing out on work experience in their chosen industry in that time – and getting tens of thousands of pounds into debt in the process.

All that, only to find that they are less likely than ever to find employment, as the market in so many industries is crying out for experienced, dedicated, qualified people – claiming that there is a gap in the job market that needs to be filled with the next generation of skilled workers, workers with experience and knowledge to apply to these vacant roles, and at a time when Britain worries about a post-Brexit future which will see far fewer skilled workers entering our job market from Europe, we are here to champion the world of Apprenticeships.

No matter what industry you are hoping to choose to progress your career, we can offer professional Apprenticeship qualifications at Level 3 (supervisor/team leader) and Level 5 (Regional or Operational Manager) which will be recognised by any profession as the industry standard for leadership qualifications.

These qualifications can not only showcase the skills you have in leading and planning, in developing a team, in achieving targets and problem solving, but can also bolster the confidence you have in your knowledge, plug any gaps in your experience with relevant, industry specific learning, and you will be supported through the entire process by mentors from within your organisation and by one of our experienced, professional trainers. Apprentices learn in-role, meaning that they can continue working throughout the course – with occasional workshop days out of the workplace, and shadowing others in the organisation for experiential learning of how the new information is applied to day-to-day, real life management.

As well as accessing the learning through your trainer and mentor, you will also find a wealth of additional learning materials, support and peer engagement from others taking the same courses with our online E-learning Management System, which all students on our Apprenticeship courses can access throughout their learning.

On top of all that – you don’t have to leave work to complete an Apprenticeship; you can earn while you learn, and there are funding options that mean not only will this qualification cost you nothing, it can also cost your employers nothing, thanks to Government Levy Funding, benefitting them by increasing your skills and knowledge, and benefitting you by developing your career skills so that you can work towards promotion and progression as you learn.

If your employer is a Levy payer, and you live in England, there are no additional costs to you or to them, and modern apprenticeships are a forward-thinking, hands-on approach to building the career you’ve always dreamed of.

No matter what position you are in, no matter your age or level of experience, Apprenticeships are open to all – and you could be on your way to greater success, greater job satisfaction, and higher earnings – so what are you waiting for?

Call today, or fill in our contact form, and let us talk you through how our Level 3 or Level 5 diplomas for Leadership and Management could be just the thing to take you where you want to be.

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.