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Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

The Open University Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship provides apprentices with higher level management skills, core competencies and desired behaviours to create leaders that can drive performance and productivity improvements in your organisation.

It’s a work-based learning programme that combines on and off-the-job learning and development and can be delivered flexibly around the demands of your workplace.

Who is it for?

The programme is suitable for new and existing employees who are responsible for, or are looking to progress into, managing projects, tasks or people. It’s for people wanting to kick-start their career and achieve a degree alongside an apprenticeship, or for those who have been promoted to a managerial role and want to gain a formal management qualification.

What topics does the apprenticeship cover?

  • Introduction to business and management
  • What motivates people to work?
  • How to assess the financial soundness of a business
  • What attracts customers?
  • How economic crises affect businesses
  • Ethical challenges in business and management
  • Understanding business functions (covering operations, human relations, finance, marketing)
  • Exploring economic and political contexts
  • Responding to global business challenges
  • Fostering long-term value creation
  • Introducing strategy
  • Analysing your environment
  • Strategic choices
  • Collaborative analysis
  • Strategy implementation
  • Where next for strategy?

The degree level apprenticeship programmes help us make our managers more adaptable and able to think quickly and critically. This helps them make decisions that will benefit the customer.

Louise Powell
Head of Education and Learning, Travis Perkins

Why choose The Open University’s Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship?

  • Delivered flexibly around the demands of your organisation and requiring minimal time away from the workplace, using our tutor-supported, rich-media online learning methods
  • Learning can be delivered simultaneously to various locations using our tried-and-trusted educational technology, providing a consistent programme for multiple staff
  • Designed and delivered by the triple accredited Open University Business School, which is ranked in the world’s top 1%
  • Unlike other universities, we have no formal entry requirements, giving you more flexibility over the candidates you’d like to develop
  • We have nearly 50 years’ experience of providing knowledge and skills to busy working adults and have a proven history of delivering apprenticeship programmes to organisations from the NHS to Babcock

Lee Webb, Talent Acquisition Partner in IBM UK Human Resources, is enjoying our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. He explains: “I just do not have the credibility, or the experience at a management level, so when I was approached about an apprenticeship I thought this would be a very good opportunity.

Programme structure

An apprenticeship requires 20% of an employee’s time to be allocated for off-the-job study, but our tutor-supported online learning gives you the flexibility to pick the most suitable times proactively and reactively around organisational needs. It also means travel costs and expenses are minimised, due to apprentices not having to attend as many classroom workshops as they would with other universities.

Online delivery is both varied and interactive, using rich media formats that engage and enthuse apprentices on their journey. Learning can be accessed 24/7 on computers, tablets and mobile devices. Online forums and discussion groups allow apprentices to learn from different industries and backgrounds.

A small number of key face-to-face events are designed to be delivered in your local area to give greater flexibility and, depending on the number of apprentices you have, tutor sessions can even take place in your workplace at a convenient time.

On top of account management support, your organisation will also be allocated with the following:

  • Practice Tutor - Helps to integrate learning into the workplace across the entire programme and supports the delivery of the work-based learning modules. Apprentices and their line managers will be visited by a practice tutor at least four times per year.
  • Academic Tutor - Facilitates learning within the knowledge modules at each stage of the qualification through personalised tuition, student support and feedback.
  • Apprenticeship Programme Delivery Manager - Supports employers to deliver apprenticeship programmes that meet their business needs and are to agreed financial and performance targets. Provides regular management information.

Nick Boston explains what his role as Practice Tutor at The Open University entails and how he is able to work with both the employer and the apprentice to ensure successful completion of work-based learning and support the programme as a whole: