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The Open University Senior Leader Apprenticeship provides current and future leaders and senior managers with high-level leadership and management skills, core competencies and desired behaviours to become more effective leaders.
Our Senior Leader Apprenticeship develops inclusive leaders who are responsible for developing ethical, innovative and supportive cultures with the ability to deliver results, manage complexity and instigate change. Apprentices receive high-quality higher education learning from our triple-accredited Business School and can instantly apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills into their working environment.
It also provides employers with a useful tool to further develop and retain staff and providing a pipeline for the future.
A strategic leader is someone who has senior management responsibility, which may include formal governance or director responsibilities. They are responsible for setting strategy, direction and vision, for providing a clear sense of purpose and driving strategic intent.
The apprenticeship will be suitable for current and future senior leaders in organisations of all sizes in the private, public or third sector. New and existing staff can be enrolled onto the programme.
The programme content and assessment strategy are mapped to the Senior Leader Apprenticeship standard*.
Modules in this programme include:
They are designed for professionals from a wide range of backgrounds who need to engage with the challenges of 21st century management and leadership. The apprenticeship helps leaders to develop skills and knowledge of management frameworks, theories and tools, and to use these appropriately in order to make a real difference in their own leadership practice.
Key areas covered are:
This apprenticeship standard is at Level 7.
Apprentices who successfully complete the programme will gain the following qualifications:
Successful apprentices may also be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) or the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), depending on their management experience.
A minimum of three years’ experience in a managerial, professional or technical role is required so that apprentices have a practical business base from which to build their postgraduate learning, as well as an honours degree awarded by a recognised UK university or equivalent. Various higher education and professional qualifications are considered equivalent to an honours degree, so please contact us if a prospective apprentice holds a qualification that you believe is an equivalent level to a UK degree. An example of this is The Open University Professional Certificate in Management.
In addition to account management support, your organisation and/or the apprentice will also be allocated with the following resources:
* Find out more about the standard here.
Typically 2 years
Note: The first cohort starting in May 2021 will have an on-programme period of 27 months plus EPA period. Subsequent cohorts will have a typical on programme period of 21 months plus EPA period.
Apprentices who successfully complete the programme will gain:
For a more detailed look at our Senior Leader Apprenticeship, download our brochure.