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Leadership and Management Apprenticeships | DWP

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Emily DWP

“I am extremely passionate about apprenticeships and the opportunities they provide our people to develop essential knowledge, skills, and behaviours whilst contributing to the delivery of a more professionalised service to our customers. Henley’s extension to their Leadership and Management Apprenticeship offer provides more learning opportunities for those looking to progress their careers and supports DWP in identifying and recognising its emerging leaders across the country.”
Emily Hobbs, Director of Capability, Learning and Talent, DWP

These apprenticeship programmes are designed for aspiring employees, senior managers, managers, team leaders and heads of function who would like to invest in their leadership development. They empower learners to drive productivity, creativity, innovation and organisational change.

Apprenticeship benefits

Henley apprenticeships enable learners from all backgrounds to become confident leaders, able to question the status quo and drive their departments forward.

By combining expert teaching with practical, on-the-job experiences, apprenticeship learning can have an immediate impact within the organisation.

Why Henley?

Henley is proud to be a triple-accredited business school, reflecting the high quality of our teaching and research.

Our faculty are practitioners as well as academics. Their experience spans a wide range of industries and countries, with a concentration on government systems. As such, we have a deep understanding of central government's organisational needs.

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Are you looking to enhance your team's skills through apprenticeship programmes?

This webinar is ideal for managers or mentors who have team members that are interested in joining a Henley apprenticeship programme. It will provide valuable information, tips and best practices to help you successfully support apprentices through their learning journey. During the webinar you will have the opportunity to engage in interactive discussions, gain insights from our employers, and have your questions answered. Register below to secure your spot.

For those with less than three years of work experience

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Rising Star - Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship | BA (Hons) in Management Practice - Level 6

Builds the organisation's future capability by nurturing bright young talent.

Suitable for
Those at an early stage in their career talent development with less than three years of excellent professional experience.

Applicants typically have achieved three A-levels 3 at ABB or higher OR have up to three years of professional experience.

Programme start date - 15 January 2024
Nominations due now

For those with less than three years' managerial experience

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Senior Leader Apprenticeship | Emerging Leaders (Future Leaders) - Level 7

"DWP and Henley are proud to offer the Emerging Leaders (Future Leaders) Apprenticeship Level 7, which is built on the Senior Leader Apprenticeship standard. Emerging Leaders provides the opportunity for those keen to progress their career and move into a senior leadership role. The programme prepares them to become senior leaders who can manage their responsibilities effectively. The work-based teaching and support will expand learners’ capabilities to fast-track their careers, even if they are just beginning.

Apprentices will build an in-depth understanding of strategic management, relationship building, corporate responsibility and change. Our combined approach of theory and on-the-job practice supports learners in becoming knowledgeable and competent in real-world business scenarios." Craig Bentley | DWP Apprenticeship Strategy, Reform and Centre of Expertise Lead

Suitable for
Applicants will typically have less than three years of managerial experience and a degree. Those with no prior degree should have five years of good professional experience.

Next programme start date - 13 May 2024
Nominations due by 19 February 2024

For those with a minimum of three years of management experience and a degree*

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Senior Leader Apprenticeship | Business Administration - Level 7

Equips experienced managers with the key strategic leadership and management skills to address organisational challenges within the Department of Work and Pensions.

Suitable for
Those with a minimum of three years of good managerial experience (*or five years of management experience if no prior degree) who are currently leading organisations, teams, people and projects with a strategic influence.

Next programme start dates
DWP employees eligible for this programme will have a choice of start dates.

  • 12 February 2024 (nominations due 20 November)
  • 15 April 2024 (nominations due 22 January)

For those new to a management role with no prior degree

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship | BA (Hons) Applied Management - Level 6

With a BA (Hons) degree built into the apprenticeship this programme enables individuals to develop their management skills and address strategic challenges to become a chartered manager.

Suitable for
Those who have or are about to take on management responsibilities. No prior degree is required. Typically learners have at least three years of professional experience or exposure to management

Programme start date - 12 February 2024
Nominations due 20 November 2023

Application information

Candidate application flow

Henley's Apprenticeship Engagement Team will be on hand to guide individuals and their line managers through their chosen apprenticeship programme application process.

Download the full application process


What is Level 6 and Level 7 apprenticeship programme?

Level 6 and Level 7 apprenticeship programmes are classifications within the UK apprenticeship framework. They represent different levels of qualifications and skills development that apprentices can achieve while gaining practical work experience.

A Level 6 apprenticeship programme is a higher-level apprenticeship that typically leads to the attainment of a bachelor's degree or an equivalent professional qualification.

A Level 7 apprenticeship programme is an advanced-level apprenticeship that is equivalent to a master's degree or a professional qualification at a similar level.

Any guidance to help me identify a suitable Henley programme?

Download the helpful guide which provides insights into the DWP Grading system and how it aligns with our various programmes.

What if I don’t have Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths/can't find my certificates?

Learners must have Level 2 qualifications in English and maths (i.e GCSEs at Grades 9-4 or A*-C, or equivalent) before starting their Henley apprenticeship.

The government has provided a useful link for those who may have mislaid their exam certificates. If you need to obtain these qualifications before starting the programme, the Apprenticeship Engagement Team ( can help you via a short programme before you start. If you obtained your qualifications overseas, please send your certificates to the Apprenticeship Engagement Team so they can be checked against the National database.

Find out more about English and maths requirements.

How often will I be expected to attend face-to-face workshops at Henley?

All programmes require learners to attend workshops for each module.

For Rising Star Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship | BA (Hons) Management Practice programme, in total there are 15 days plus blended learning component across the whole three years programme. *

For Senior Leader Apprenticeship | Emerging Leaders, in total there are 12 days plus blended learning component across the whole 18 months programme. *

For Senior Leader Apprenticeship | Business Administration, in total there are 14 days plus blended learning component across the whole 18 months programme. *

For Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship | BA (Hons) Applied Management programme, in total there are 34 days plus blended learning component across the whole three years programme. *

*Programme schedules detailing specific dates will be shared prior to the programmes starting.

What is off-the-job learning?

Download our essential guide to find out more about what off-the-job learning is, how much is required, and how Henley apprenticeship tutors can work with you and your line manager.

Contact us

Apprenticeship Engagement Team

For those thinking of undertaking an apprenticeship, contact the Apprenticeship Engagement Team.

Telephone: 0118 378 4030