About the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

What is the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship?

This Degree Apprenticeship is an exciting new work-based route towards developing professionally competent Chartered Managers.

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship includes three parts:

  • work-based learning which means that the apprentice is in paid employment for the duration of their apprenticeship and receives on the job training and support
  • business education through a University/ Higher Education Provider leading to a relevant degree (to the value of 360 credits) that maps 100% to the published Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Standards
  • through both of the above apprentices are able to acquire the knowledge and skills, and prepare for the assessment, for Chartered Manager status

Who is the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship aimed at?

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is suitable for those at the start of their career – including school leavers – as well as those who may already have developed practical experience but who wish to develop further/ ‘accidental managers’.

What are the entry requirements?

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices though most will be expected to hold ‘A’ levels or equivalent relevant level 3 qualifications. Prior experience may also be considered. Potential apprentices should also have achieved qualifications in English and mathematics at a minimum of level 2 or equivalent, and be able to demonstrate ICT skills at this level. Where this is not the case, apprentices must complete these by the end of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.

How many apprentices will the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship create?

Nestlé, Barclays and Serco have between them already created almost 50 apprenticeships. We expect many thousands of Chartered Manager Degree Apprentices to have been qualified by the end of the decade.

Which employers have been involved in developing the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship?

Serco led the employer group to develop the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. The group worked closely with the Chartered Management Institute and the Chartered Association of Business Schools, and a number of Business Schools who will be involved in the delivery of the apprenticeship.

Employers, universities, business schools and other organisations involved in the Trailblazer include: Serco, Acivico, Agillisys, Anglo Educational Services, Association of Business Schools, Aston Business School, Balfour Beatty, Barchester, BBC, Birmingham City Council, Boots Opticians, BPP Business School, Bristol Business School, Chartered Management Institute, Civil Service, Codegent, Co-op, HMRC, Kinnerton Confectionery, Loughborough University School of Business and Economics, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Nottingham Business School, NISA Retail, One Stop, Opus Building Services, Pearson, Salford Business School, Santander, Small Business Charter, Southampton Solent Business School, Strathclyde Business School, umi Digital, University College London, University of Bedfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire Business School, University of the West of Scotland School of Business and Enterprise, and Virgin Media.

Is the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship just for big businesses?

No, the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is ideal for smaller firms too, as well as organisations across the public sector. Already many small firms are intending to create apprenticeships, as have organisations such as Birmingham City Council.

How long will it take to complete the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship?

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship can take up to four years to complete, but can take less depending on the prior experience of the individual and the specification of the employer. Experienced managers may be able to complete in around 2 years. Some Universities/ Higher Education Providers offer a ‘fast track’ model to accommodate experienced managers.

Which Universities/ Higher Education Providers will be able to deliver the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship?

To be able to deliver an apprenticeship a provider must be registered on the Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Training Organisations (ROTO). There are already a number of higher education institutions currently offering the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship to employers. You can find these on CMI’s website

What is the funding cap for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship?

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship funding cap has been set at level 6. This is the highest level and gives a potential maximum government contribution of £28,800 per apprentice for every £9,000 invested by the employer (2016-17 funding rate).

How is the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship assessed?

All Trailblazer apprenticeships are required to have an end-point assessment that is carried out by an independent body. Apprentices must pass the end-point assessment in order to achieve the apprenticeship certificate.

The end-point assessment for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship involves a review of the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence which is collated during their work/ study time; a review of a work-based project; and a final presentation and interview by a small panel comprising the end-point assessor and representatives from the employer and University/ Higher Education Provider. Note that there are no examinations required.

Before progressing to the end-point assessment the apprentice must have achieved the degree that is included within their apprenticeship, and also have passed the assessment for Chartered Manager.

How is the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship quality assured?

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is responsible for the quality of degrees offered as part of apprenticeships. The end-point assessment body is responsible for the quality of assessors, ensuring that a consistent standard is achieved and maintained.

A new independent body, led by employers, called the Institute for Apprenticeships is in the process of being established. It will regulate the quality of apprenticeships within the context of reaching 3 million starts in 2020. The institute’s role will be to advise on setting funding caps, and approving apprenticeship standards and assessment plans. It will be established in 2016 and will be fully operational by April 2017.

How long will it take?

Yes – apprentices that successfully complete all parts of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship will receive a full apprenticeship certificate. This will be in addition to their degree certificate.