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Five Reasons to Study a Senior Leader Apprenticeship

The 16th annual National Apprenticeship Week runs from 6 – 12 February 2023, and highlights the positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals, organisations, and the wider economy.

This year, the theme is ‘Skills for Life’ and will reflect on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the knowledge and skills required for a successful career and aid employers in developing a workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills.

When we think about the word ‘apprenticeship’, we may not automatically think about the opportunities they present for those who are already in an established career. Senior Leader Apprenticeships are designed specifically for managers and leaders; providing them with the knowledge and skills to take the next step in their careers and have a wider impact on the leadership of their organisation.

So, why study a Senior Leader Apprenticeship?

To enhance your career

Senior Leader Apprenticeships aim to accelerate the development of strategic leaders. They are designed to create leaders who meet the Senior Leader Apprenticeship Standard, which sets out the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required for professional competency at a senior level, in any business or industry sector.

A Senior Leader Apprenticeship is studied whilst you work, and assessments are specific to your organisation. This will enable you to apply new skills and learning to real-world challenges and increase your organisational impact.

An unprecedented opportunity to gain a recognised qualification

The cost of a Senior Leader Apprenticeship is £14,000, however, the qualification can be fully funded by the Apprenticeship Levy, so there’s never been a better time to invest in developing your leadership and management skills.

And it’s not just the individual who benefits; employers who contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy each month can utilise their Levy payments to reinvest in their business for several strategic benefits, for example, growing their own senior leaders and attracting and retaining talent.

For business resilience

Exceptional leadership matters now more than ever. Successful businesses require agile leaders who can skilfully navigate change, drive performance, and motivate colleagues to achieve a common goal. Having the right leadership in place helps create sustainable organisations that can steer effectively through periods of change and uncertainty. 

Build a network of influential leaders

You’ll network and learn from other managers and leaders from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds, expanding your knowledge and experience and gaining different perspectives from people outside of your organisation and industry.

To increase productivity

‘Accidental managers’ mean low productivity – these are people in management and leadership positions with no prior management training. In fact, research states that only 1 in 5 managers in the UK hold any recognised management qualification. Currently ranked 4th out of the G7 countries for productivity, the UK is falling further behind its competitors. The economy needs more leaders who are competent in dealing with issues at a senior level, including managing innovation and change in a digital world, formulating and executing competitive strategy, and leading high performing teams.

Learn more about Senior Leader Apprenticeships at Alliance Manchester Business School >>

Blog posts give the views of the author, and are not necessarily those of Alliance Manchester Business School and The University of Manchester.

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