Employers are calling for better prepared and more highly-skilled managers, and we now see graduates and experienced professionals considering the benefits of earning while they learn with a Management Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship programmes are becoming attractive options for graduates and experienced professionals wanting the best of both worlds. On such courses learners gain practical experience in delivering their new skills and a new qualification to add to their CV.

The UK needs an additional one million managers by 2020 so unsurprisingly the skills, experience and qualifications gained on management apprenticeship programmes are in high demand.


Why choose a management apprenticeship?


With several training routes available in management, what value does a management apprenticeship offer above and beyond other training options?

Management Apprenticeships not only equip you with the skills employers want, they also enable you to gain professional qualifications that will be attractive for future employers.


What do management apprenticeships involve?


GB Training offer two management apprenticeships, including:

  • Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship;
  • Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship

These management apprenticeships provide an attractive route to employment, allowing you to continue earning while you learn and gain professional management qualifications.

The Team Leader/Supervisor (Level 3) and Operations/Departmental Manager (Level 5) apprenticeships last between 12 months and two-and-a-half years. These programmes provide professional qualifications for team leader and operations manager roles and give apprentices a broad range of practical skills and opportunities for progression.

The Level 3 and 5 apprenticeships also provide a bridge to management careers for graduates from other disciplines. If, for example, you studied engineering or geography but want to progress into a middle-management role, you can gain entry to the profession by undertaking an Operations/Departmental Manager apprenticeship, which enables you to enter the workplace at managerial level, providing you with the skills and knowledge you need to operate in that role.

Management Apprenticeships combine off-the-job-training (distance learning, online learning or offsite training), development activities and on-the-job training. Development covers skills, knowledge and behaviours in areas such as managing people and teams, managing projects and risk, leading change and effective communication.

Apprentices are employed by their organisation and need to deliver in their day jobs, while also spending at least 20% of their time on training activities.


What do employers think?


The UK needs an additional one million managers by 2020 so unsurprisingly the skills, experience and qualifications gained on management apprenticeship programmes are in high demand.

Apprenticeships are already being delivered by a number of top employers including Barclays, Boots, Pizza Hut, Serco and a range of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).


How do I become a Management Apprentice?


You may already be employed and in a management role, in which case, you will just require sign off from your employer to complete the Qualification.

If you are unemployed, the first step to becoming a Management Apprentice is finding an employer. There are many employers currently advertising for graduates, apprentices and management staff.

Generally, for Level 3 apprenticeships no previous qualifications are needed. For Level 5 opportunities you’ll need five GCSEs.

You can ask your preferred employer for an Apprenticeship opportunity, your employer can then get in touch with GB Training who will get you started on the Qualification.


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