Northamptonshire apprenticeship specialist, Starting Off, is launching a Team Leader apprenticeship for aspiring leaders and managers.
Available from the end of February, the apprenticeship is aimed at those in supervisory or first line management roles in an organisation.
The new qualification is a Level 3 apprenticeship accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and typically takes around 18 months to complete through a combination of workbooks, online learning and workplace assessments.
“We are excited to announce the launch of this new apprenticeship,” said Hannah Corby of Starting Off, who is coordinating the new qualification and will be working with the apprentices and employers who undertake it.
“It is applicable to so many industries and organisations, from voluntary or social enterprises and charities, right through to public or private sector companies. Team leaders or supervisors have operational or project responsibilities or are responsible for managing a team to deliver a clearly defined outcome. They provide direction, instructions and guidance to ensure the achievement of set goals. With or without realising it, they will have their own management styles and behaviours. Our apprenticeship helps them to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to not only succeed in their role, but to become the best leader and manager they can be.”
Some of the key areas within the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the programme will include managing people, developing relationships, organisational performance, delivering results, personal effectiveness, managing self, taking responsibility and professionalism. Those who complete the apprenticeship will be awarded with an ILM Diploma and will be eligible to register as Associate Members with the CMI and/or the ILM.
The apprenticeship is open to everyone, entry requirements will be decided by the employer but typically apprentices will have achieved five GCSEs at grade C or above. Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment, which they can complete alongside their apprenticeship with Starting Off.
“Through giving aspiring leaders and managers the knowledge, teaching them skills such as problem-solving and decision-making, and enabling them to be more self-aware and able to manage themselves effectively, we can develop some fantastic leaders of the future in local workplaces, which is hugely exciting!” adds Hannah.
Employers looking to take on an apprentice are advised to look into the apprenticeship funding system outlined by government for 16 to 18-year-olds and those aged 19 and above.
For more information, go to www.gov.uk/guidance/apprenticeship-funding-rules-for-employers To find out more about Starting Off, go to www.startingoff.co.uk or call the Northampton office on 01604 622855 or the Kettering office on 01536 417373.