Executive apprenticeships are now a thing

 

In August, the Institute for Apprenticeships approved the first ever executive management apprenticeship. It comprises not only a master’s degree, but also Chartered Manager accreditation and fellowship of the Chartered Management Institute.

This move essentially opens the doors for other organisations to use their apprenticeship levy, should they so desire, to pay for executive skills development.

Petra Wilton, CMI’s director of strategy, told attendees at the launch: “This exciting new Master’s level apprenticeship means that employers will now be able to lead by example and ensure that top teams have the professional leadership skills needed to drive growth. It will also help to challenge snobbery around vocational routes and can help demonstrate how these new apprenticeships really can provide pathways through to the top.”

And Antony Jenkins, Chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to approve this standard. Apprenticeships are playing an increasingly significant role all across the UK economy, including at the very highest levels of leadership, so it is important that we are putting the right structures in place to ensure that they are of a high calibre and fit for the demands of the role. This approval means that we are better able to ensure first-class leadership among the next generation of senior managers.

“More and more businesses of all sizes are realising the benefits that high-quality apprenticeships can offer. The Institute is putting employers in control of developing the standards they need, giving learners a basis for lasting employment and overcoming national skills gaps.”

On the one hand, this kind of initiative is good for developing the leaders of tomorrow and, arguably, good for the economy. And in principal, we get that.

But traditionally, training and development of senior level executives has been down to either the individual, or the business. Because, let’s face it, they’re the ones who benefit the most.

Yet somehow, when you think of a traditional apprenticeship, you think of something a little more altruistic. It’s about giving the youth of today an opportunity they might not ordinarily be able to access. About providing a different path to education. It’s about celebrating learning on-the-job.

So, whilst all training and development has to be a good thing, we hope that there remains a good portion of the apprenticeship levy that’s used for giving those on the start of their career path, the vital boost they need.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

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