About the Team Leader Supervisor Apprenticeship

What is the Team Leader/ Supervisor Apprenticeship?

The Team Leader/ Supervisor apprenticeship is an exciting new work-based route towards developing Team Leaders/ Supervisors and includes:

  • 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 Provider (with potential to lead to a CMI qualification)

Who is the Team Leader/ Supervisor Apprenticeship aimed at?

The apprenticeship is suitable for those who are, or wish to become, team leaders and/or supervisors.

This includes individuals who are at the start of their career that wish to become team leaders/ supervisors as well as those aspiring or existing managers who may already have developed practical experience but who wish to develop their theoretical understanding of management skills further.

A team leader/ supervisor is a first line management role, with operational/ project responsibilities or responsibility for managing a team to deliver a clearly defined outcome. They provide direction, instructions and guidance to ensure the achievement of set goals.  Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, specific responsibilities will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same whatever the role. 

Key responsibilities are likely to include supporting, managing and developing team members, managing projects, planning and monitoring workloads and resources, delivering operational plans, resolving problems, and building relationships internally and externally.

Roles/Occupations may include Supervisor, Team Leader, Project Officer, Shift Supervisor, Foreperson, and Shift Manager.

What are the entry requirements?

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices though most will be expected to hold 5 GCSEs at grade C or higher. Prior experience may also be considered. Apprentices should also have achieved qualifications in English and mathematics at a minimum of level 2 or equivalent. Where this is not the case, apprentices must complete these by the end of the Apprenticeship.

How long will it take to complete the Team Leader/ Supervisor Apprenticeship?

This Apprenticeship will typically take 12-18 months years to complete, but can take less depending on the prior experience of the individual and the specification of the employer. Note that apprenticeships must take a minimum 12 months of learning.

Which Providers will be able to deliver the Team Leader/ Supervisor Apprenticeship?

To be able to deliver an apprenticeship a provider must be registered on the Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Training Organisations (ROTO).

What is the funding cap for the Team Leader/ Supervisor Apprenticeship?

The Team Leader/ supervisor Apprenticeship funding cap has been set at level 2. This currently gives a potential maximum government contribution of £4,900 per apprentice for every £1,500 invested by the employer (2016-17 funding rate).

How is the Team Leader/ Supervisor 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 Team Leader/ Supervisor Apprenticeship involves a review of the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence which is collated during their work/ study time; an externally set knowledge test; and an interview/ competency based discussion relating to the apprentice’s Continual Professional Development Log.

How is the Team Leader/ Supervisor Apprenticeship quality assured?

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.

Is the Team Leader/ Supervisor Apprenticeship certificated?

Yes – apprentices that successfully complete all parts of the Apprenticeship will receive a full apprenticeship certificate. This will be in addition to any qualifications that are taken as part of the apprenticeship.