Rob Finney’s experience
Senior Leader Apprenticeship: MSc Management Practice
The Senior Leader Apprenticeship Programme, MSc Management Practice was a part-time, blended learning Master’s focused on strategic learning development.
Our Senior Leader Apprenticeship programme has undergone a recent redesign and course content is now more closely aligned with the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required for a senior leader apprenticeship award.
The newly developed, 18-month Senior Leader Apprenticeship programme, including a Postgraduate Diploma in Senior Leadership focuses on strategic leadership development and provides aspiring senior leaders with new knowledge and skills to advance their career.
The MSc is now only available as a top-up (paid for by the learner or their employer) to our Senior Leader Apprenticeship Postgraduate Diploma Senior Leadership, which is up to 100% fully funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.
What has been particularly useful is being able to use the content to develop training for managers and to use the research undertaken to improve management practice across the group. I have also used this research to inform practice papers that have been used in the trade press.
In particular, I found it useful to develop materials and research in market-led strategy, to run management workshops on business strategy for our leadership community. This has given them the impetus and direction to reflect on their strategic aims to further give a competitive advantage.
Another great benefit of the programme is the recognition that the delegates are all working professionals with many competing demands. I was hugely supported earlier this year when a combination of family issues and increased work pressures meant that I needed to take a 2-month study break. This was accommodated very quickly by the team, with my tutor advocating successfully on my behalf.
I am really pleased to have embarked on this study. It’s pushing me out of my comfort zone in a very productive and enjoyable way. The impact on my business and on my personal development will be positive.