Have your say on the future of the new Master’s level apprenticeship

16 December 2016 -


The proposed apprenticeship is set to revolutionise the development opportunities for senior leaders

Matt Scott

Work is underway on the launch of a revolutionary new Master’s Level Degree Apprenticeship for senior leaders looking to reinforce their management learning, as well as those looking to take the leap to director-level roles.

The new apprenticeship is reinventing executive education by introducing a development programme that combines both management theory, through ongoing study for a Master’s degree, and practical application through the work-based elements of the process.

The proposed scheme is for existing directors and executives, or people looking to move into such a position, and is expected to last between two to three years, with managers receiving Chartered Manager or Chartered Fellow status upon graduating.

As part of the process, CMI wants to hear your views on their draft proposals and what you want to feature in the new Level 7 Apprenticeships.

CMI head of apprenticeships Alison Cox said: “We want as much input and views from senior executives and employers as to what makes this new apprenticeship valuable as possible – we want to make sure we get it right. This is your chance to shape an exciting development programme that is in line with the new apprenticeship agenda.

“We are looking for a standard that helps people in senior strategy positions with their workforce development plans, gives them insights to develop their organisations and help them lead their organisations effectively.”

Fighting the productivity challenge

The new Master’s Level Apprenticeship will be a welcome weapon in the fight against low productivity, with the latest data showing that the UK lags behind its G7 rivals by some 21%.

And the number one contributing factor to this lacklustre productivity across UK Plc is a lack of quality management and professionally trained managers, with only one in five UK managers properly qualified to fulfil their role.

But with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, new funding will be available, for courses such as the new Master’s Level Apprenticeship, as well as a full suite of other apprenticeships, to help British business develop the managers that will be needed to drive the country forward and solve the seemingly perennial productivity puzzle.

Find out more about the proposals for the new Master’s Level Apprenticeship, and take part in the survey, here

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