The Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship
DELIVER THE BEST RESULTS AT WORK AND IMPROVE YOUR CAREER PATH
PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE
The Seniors Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship prepares current and future senior leaders of an organisation for the complex and changing demands of contemporary businesses.
London Examinations Board delivers this rigorous standard that will develop managers and leaders to build sustainable and profitable businesses.
THE SENIOR LEADER MASTER’S DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP
This Apprenticeship standard was co-developed by businesses, professional bodies and training providers to ensure that the development and demonstration of key skills and behaviours are given equal if not more weighting to pure academic knowledge.
Apprentices will complete eight core modules and undertake a work based project be assessed on how they have been applied in their work place plus an end point assessment towards the end of the apprenticeship.
Through case studies, reflective statements, professional discussions, work projects and portfolios, apprentices must pull together all of their technical knowledge plus their skills and training to demonstrate competencies across the whole Apprenticeship standard.
This broad focus should allow apprentices to deliver the best results for their organization as they gain more than just academic knowledge. They will also be readier and more suitable for progression opportunities within the company.
The End Point Assessment is undertaken by an independent third party – ILM (City & Guilds) and examines a learner’s ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours through a range of assessment methods including a work-based portfolio and an interview.
DO YOU QUALIFY FOR THE SENIOR LEADER MASTER’S DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP?
The conditions are:
- your employer has a pay bill of over £3 million per annum so it pays into the apprenticeship levy; or any other employer can put forward an apprentice under the co-investment scheme (5% of the cost is paid by employer and 95% by the government);
- you are an existing employee or a new hire in a real job;
- you should already have GCSEs or equivalent in English and Maths (or we will need to ensure this is achieved during the apprenticeship);
- you have an degree or at least three years’ work experience at a level relevant to the Master’s course content.
If you not have a degree, do you have other professional qualifications and/or managerial experience as this may be sufficient. Please contact us for further information.
Also, even if your levy paying organisation has used up all its levy funds the co-investment route is also available where the government pays 95% of the cost. Under the co-investment route the employer’s cost is spread over the 18 month duration of the programme and works out to £50 per month.
GAIN THREE MASTER’S DEGREES AND PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION
London Examinations Board has a unique apprenticeship programme with an international and multiple qualifications offer. Apprentices shall be able to gain the following:
- Within 9 and 10 months a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from London Examinations Board;
- In months 10 to 18 prepare and submit your portfolio of evidence and work based project to achieve an MBA plus a Manager du International Business* from Pôle Paris Alternance, a Grand Ecole in Paris.
- From month 10 you can also undertake a research methods module with the University of South Wales and prepare for and submit your USW management project to gain an MBA (or Master’s in Leadership and Management).
- From month 16 you prepare for the End Point Assessment by ILM.
* Manager du développement commercial et international (a French award equivalent to a Master’s degree registered with the Commission Nationale de la Certification Professionnelle – CNCP – on the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles)
On completing the and passing the End Point Assessment, apprentices can register for membership with the Institute of Leadership and Management.
DURATION AND DELIVERY
From start to finish this Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship and UK Master’s degree should take no more than 24 months and is delivered on a part-time basis, i.e. while the Apprentice continues to work for the business.
The course may be delivered in a range of formats including day release, block release and blended learning and delivered through a mixture of class contact, online learning and support.
An apprentice must spend at least 20 percent of their working time doing off-the-job training, i.e. on the apprenticeship programme.
GENERAL BENEFITS OF THE SENIOR LEADER MASTER’S DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP
- Apprentices will gain the knowledge, behaviours and skills to confidently engage in sustainable, evidence-based business decision-making.
- Apprentices will gain an in-depth understanding of how to shape organisations, explore new market strategies, apply economic theory and build high-performing collaborative teams.
- From the start, these apprentices are required to apply what is being taught to their employment context: reflecting on their work-based experience and solving real issues faced in their organisation.
- Apprentices are being empowered to undertake £18,000 worth of respected training and learning and achieve valuable Masters’ qualifications which are free for apprentices and at nil or low cost to the organization.
- It is a £18,000 tax-free perk for an employee which should engender increased loyalty to the employer.
- The organization will continue to have all the normal statutory employer responsibilities for the apprentice. The employers will need to agree to providing paid time off from work for study, provide in-company support/mentoring for the apprentice and collaborate with London Examinations Board. However, the apprentice continues to devote most of his working day to the job.
- They will undertake a Master’s degree programme covering business, financial, management and leadership issues that all companies face while working and earning their salary.
- While having on-the-job training at Master’s level they will be able to apply what they learn quite early on in the programme.
APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
Period 1: First 9 to 12 months
Undertake the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration’s eight modules covered via intensive one/two-day face to face classes plus online learning. The core modules are:
- Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Marketing Management
- Managing Operations
- Managing Business Strategy
- Managing Human Capital
- Financial Management
- Leading Organisation
- Corporate Governance, Ethics and CSR
Assessment: (i) short assignments and (ii) evidencing application of learning to the job
Stage 2: PPA, France – Months 10 to 18
The preparation of the MBA and Manager du International Business from PPA. Students need to prepare and submit:
(i) an 8,000 word Work based project; and
(ii) a Portfolio of evidence.
The Portfolio of evidence should be compiled during Stage 1 and 2, with evidence demonstrating the knowledge, skills and behaviour outcomes (KSBs). Evidence can be in the form of reports, minutes, emails, stakeholder/customer comments, performance reviews, presentations etc. This list is not exhaustive. The portfolio must have a minimum of one piece of evidence that demonstrates each required KSB of the standard. Evidence must be holistically mapped against the KSBs.
It must contain 10-15 discrete pieces of evidence and employers may assist the apprentice to develop their portfolio to ensure that it is complete and that it covers the totality of the KSBs to be assessed by professional discussion.
Stage 2: USW from month 10
Apprentices will be registered to undertake the UK top-up MBA/Master’s degree which requires undertaking a research methodology module and preparation and submission of a 12,000 word management project.
Stage 3: Months 16 – 24
Preparation for the End Point Assessment by the End Point Assessor which consists of 2 distinct methods:
- Project showcase: showcasing a work-based project which includes preparing the report, presentation and questioning; and
- Professional discussion: a review of your portfolio
The assessment methods contribute equality to the end point assessment grade i.e. 50% each.
The End Point Assessment is an essential part of all Apprenticeship programmes as through completing and passing it, Apprentices gain their Apprenticeship.
WHY LONDON EXAMINATIONS BOARD?
At London Examination Board we developed this Master’s level apprenticeship programme based on our experience of running MBA programmes and pathways for our learners that include universities in the UK, USA, Australia, France and Malaysia. We are an international training provider with learning centres in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Myanmar Macau, Hong Kong and Mainland China.
We currently have over 200 MBA students learning with us. Our international experience has given us complete confidence that as an established training provider we can cater to the needs of individual learners who wish to develop their knowledge through structured and customized learning.
Our Senior Leaders Master’s Apprenticeship will be delivered via blended learning so the programme will be scheduled in a flexible manner to meet employers’ and learners requirements and taking into account their family needs. We are not a university delivering academic focused learning.
Face-to-face learning will usually take place in a convenient and suitable location and shall combine workshops/lectures with suitable amenities etc to create the most conducive and best possible learning experience. With Covid 19 the face to face classes will be operated via zoom using our online portal and spread out more evenly so students get the best experience.
Apprentices are also welcome to attend graduation ceremonies at the universities in France and the UK.