University launches degree apprenticeship in leadership and management

University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire has welcomed its first cohort of learners on to its Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. This will make the University the first provider in Gloucestershire to deliver this apprenticeship, allowing learners to ‘earn while they learn’, gaining a degree qualification whilst also developing their leadership and management skills at work.

Staff from Superdry, electrical contractors Clarkson Evans, and Gloucestershire City Council are amongst some of the first organisations sending their staff on the leadership programme. This programme is accredited by industry leader the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), meaning learners will receive the double benefit of achieving a full degree and accreditation from their industry body.

The Chartered Manager course is part of a wider apprenticeship programme available from the University which includes an MBA degree apprenticeship, cyber security, paraplanning (financial services) and healthcare, with further higher and degree apprenticeships planned for 2018. These courses have been developed in partnership with industry and business bodies to meet their skills needs.

Stephen Marston, Vice Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire said:

“Employers tell us that leadership is an important skills area for business growth, so we are delighted to be able to introduce our first degree apprenticeship to address this need. We are supporting growth and job creation in the county and apprenticeships are very much part of this wider economic picture.”

Simon Amesbury, Resourcing Manager at global fashion brand Superdry:

“This will help our people’s professional development and enhance their career prospects, and will allow us to benefit from the broadening of their skills by deploying them to do more challenging and difficult work across the wider business, not just in their current roles and functions.”