We’d like to clarify our position on offering Leadership and Management Apprenticeships to our existing and prospective clients.
We have consulted with professional bodies including the CMI and CIPD as well as experienced training provider colleagues. We have carefully analysed the costs to ourselves and our clients (along with the risks) of offering apprenticeships and do not feel we are able to come up with a satisfactory solution that we would be happy to offer to our valued clients. Based on our findings, we have made a difficult decision not to offer apprenticeships in leadership and management at this time.
We’d like to share a few key factors that we believe you should consider before committing yourself to leadership and management apprenticeships:
- We feel that the obligation for apprentices to spend 20% of their time off-the-job working with your existing managers and leaders will likely place an unnecessary burden on the employer and over-stretch the employee. While the 20% time may work well for administration or engineering apprenticeships, leaders and managers in the business are unlikely to be able to commit to one day a week (pro rata) away from their work over the eighteen month period.
- The leadership and management units that the scheme specifies are too academic and actually omit some of the fundamental leadership and management topics for example, ‘dealing with poor performance’ is not included.
- The volume of study and evidence required is prohibitive and will put people off and result in some people struggling to complete the full apprenticeship. The diploma would require a commitment to apprentices completing one 2500 word assignment every other month for eighteen months in addition to producing very high volumes of other evidence.
- Full funding can be withdrawn if candidates fail to complete or withdraw from the programme early. This means we could support an apprentice through most of the programme and ultimately not get paid for it. We believe this is why a great many training providers (including many local colleges) are unable or unwilling to offer apprenticeships at this time. We strongly urge our clients who wish to go with an alternative provider check they have contingencies in place to address this before committing to proceed.
Can levy vouchers be used for non-apprenticeship training?
Unfortunately not. For clarification on this point, please see the linked documents from the CIPD (page 6) and the Skills Funding Agency (page 13).
Options Available to Employers As We See It
Buy the training that suits the needs of your business and your people like you did before. We would typically recommend you consider a CMI Certificate at Level 3, 5 or 7 with additional workshops that cover exactly the topics you want.
Despite not being able to access your levy funding, for a fraction of the cost of the apprenticeship you would be able to purchase this programme and you could build in a cost saving project to recover the outlay and not overburden you existing managers with extra work supporting apprentices.
This way, you get what your business needs in a cost and time effective way for your managers and leaders.
Source an alternative provider of leadership and management apprenticeships, but please bear in mind our earlier points to ensure they are able to see you through the entire process from end to end without over-burdening you and your managers.
At present, we do not have any other providers we are happy to recommend as all of the training provides we rate have made a similar decision to us to not progress with apprenticeships.
Engineering Apprenticeships in and around Milton Keynes
If you are interested in engineering apprenticeships, we do have connections with an excellent provider that we can introduce you to in Milton Keynes.