The Senior Leader Apprenticeship is a 22-month programme which encompasses the strategic skills required of a senior leader. It explores leadership and leader identity and what that means to each individual in the context of their organisation. The programme will then harness the knowledge and skills that will allow a leader to develop and sustain high performance working through their people by encompassing those important soft skills. The University of Sunderland Senior Leader Apprenticeship incorporates a MBA qualification with no additional fees.
It is designed for any individual moving into a senior or strategic management role. This can include General Managers, Senior Managers, Section Leaders, Executives, Directors, COO, CFO, CEO, CIO roles and senior military officers.
The programme has been developed in partnership with regional employers to support enhancement of effective strategic leader knowledge, skills and behaviours. It offers a blend of work-based learning with business, leadership and management education.
This apprenticeship will run for 22 months with an additional 5 months allocated for the completion of an End-point Assessment.
We have intakes in September, January (online delivery) and April.
The programme is work based and, as such, there is a strong element of work-based learning and project work.
You will be taught via:
Scheduled teaching activities: Lectures, workshops and guest speakers
Personal: Coaching for enhanced learning, development and performance
Professional development: Tripartite meetings
Peer Learning: Action Learning sets
Independent Learning: Reading, reflection, research, data analysis, engaging in VLE discussions, assessment preparation.
Consider your leader identity, exploring your values, motives and goals for enhancing your strategic leadership capabilities in a fast changing and increasingly digital workplace. Develop intra and interpersonal awareness through critical reflection, reflexivity and evaluate your leadership style in terms of your impact on others and the organisational context for sustainable and digital practice. Consider the individual leader and undertake a critical and evaluative self-analysis of your personal and professional development as a strategic leader in context.
Study key themes associated with sustainable strategic leadership and management across organisational contexts incorporating both digital and face to face working environments. Critically explore approaches and appraise contemporary perspectives designed to organise for high performance in an uncertain environment. Develop an understanding of, assess and analyse the roles that strategic leaders play in formulating, implementing and evaluating strategy in a range of organisational contexts. Consider how to apply the principles and techniques of strategic leadership.
Explore aspects related to organisational development, performance and sustainability in a digital world. Consider strategic planning for functional areas within organisations that contribute to organisational performance and sustainability. Develop your understanding of the strategic aspects of performance management and sustaining organisations. Enhance your ability to analyse financial data, evaluate financial proposals and develop performance enhancement plans which support organisational sustainability.
Study key themes associated with innovation and change management that encourage and support organisations to perform successfully in dynamic and digital environments to ensure sustainability. Develop your ability to set a clear agenda for innovation and change that encourages collaboration with key stakeholders. Develop skills of critical thinking and decision making through the use of data and information. Identify and demonstrate your ability to use analytical tools to monitor the progress and effect of innovation and change on the organisation.
Undertake a substantial Strategic Business Research Project that brings together elements of the learning from across the programme and evidence your accumulated knowledge and understanding of strategic management and leadership and its application to support a digitally sustainable organisation. Develop the knowledge and skills related to planning and conducting a research project from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Construct a portfolio of evidence highlighting and reflecting on examples of learning, its application and impact which will focus on critical incident analysis and personal development planning and evaluation.
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The programme is work based and, as such, is subject to learners being employed full time in a management position.
It is expected that participants will have a first degree or at least 3 years management experience or significant experience and a substantial record of achievement in business and leadership. All applicants will need at least one employer reference covering the last three years of work.
Applicants must hold Maths and English GCSE at a minimum of Grade C or numerical grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent).
To search for apprenticeships offered by employers in your area go to: gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
Larger organisations can use their apprenticeship levy and government top-up to pay tuition and professional fees of higher and degree apprenticeships. For smaller employers, the government pays 95%, with the remainder co-invested by the business.
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This information was correct at the time of publication.
This course is designed for anyone moving into, or operating in, a senior management role. The course will help you to flourish in your current senior management position or help you achieve the management position you desire including General Manager, Senior Manager, Section Leader, Executive, Director, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Information Officer roles.
Assessment method 1: Strategic business proposal, presentation with questioning
The assessment method is the production of a strategic business proposal followed by the delivery of a presentation with questioning. The strategic business proposal must be undertaken after the apprentice has gone through the gateway. The presentation involves the apprentice presenting their strategic business proposal to an independent assessor followed by questioning.
Assessment method 2: Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
A professional discussion is a two-way discussion which involves both the independent assessor and the apprentice actively listening and participating in a formal conversation. It gives the apprentice the opportunity to make detailed and proactive contributions to confirm their competency across the KSBs mapped to this method.