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Emerging Leaders of Tomorrow

“The programmes follow a structured apprenticeship model which aims to reskill and enable existing employees to learn new methodologies to apply back into Nokia whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification.”
Phil Siveter, CEO UK&I at Nokia

Nokia and Henley Business School are proud to announce three apprenticeship programmes, chosen to meet the strategic visions of Nokia and to support the upskill of current employees.

These programmes are designed for aspiring employees, senior managers, managers, team leaders and heads of function who would like to invest in their leadership development. Empowering them to support productivity, creativity, innovation and to support organisational change.

Explore our programmes

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Strategic Management (Senior Leader Apprenticeship | Business Administration) - Level 7

The Henley Executive Diploma in Business Administration shapes senior leaders who can maximise their team's performance and influence at a higher level.

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Programme start date

  • 11 Jan 2023 (nomination form due 31 October 2022)

Applications for this programme have now closed.

Improvement Leader Apprenticeship

Business Transformation (Improvement Leader Apprenticeship) - Level 6

This apprenticeship equips leaders with the essential skills to drive improvement and strategic change.

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Programme start date

  • 17 April (nomination form due 31 October 2022)

Applications for this programme will open in January 2023.

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

The Henley Executive Diploma in Management for Future Leaders prepares graduate talent to become senior business leaders who can manage their responsibilities effectively.

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Programme start date

  • 6 February 2023 (nomination form due 31 October 2022)

Applications for this programme have now closed.

“I had high hopes that it would give structure and direction to my thinking. I had no idea that it would make me completely evaluate everything I thought I’d ever known! I thought I understood marketing, project management ... but the programme opened my mind up to so many new possibilities.”
John Dodd, Director of Maritime Safety at Inmarsat, Senior Leader Apprenticeship

Application recap

Key dates

Comms for applications

1 October

Nomination timeline

2 October – 31 October

Henley nomination forms due

31 October

Henley and Nokia application review


Offers sent

Early December

Start date

See individualised programme start date

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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 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.

Do Nokia have their own assessment and selection process?

Those interested in a programme will need to submit a nomination form (see individual programme information above) which will then trigger the application process. Individuals will be sent an application link to complete, which will be reviewed jointly by Henley and Nokia, factoring in the following criteria:

  • Strength of application
  • Performance rating
  • Line manager endorsement/sponsorship
  • Critical skills for the future
  • Interview

Why is there an interview?

The apprenticeship programmes are bound by apprenticeship rules which state that all applicants must be interviewed. This is an important step in order to create your individualised learning plan.

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

The programmes require learners to attend workshops for each module. Strategic Management is one day per module totalling 8 days. Business Transformation is one day per module totalling 10 days. Future Leaders has one or two workshops per module totalling 8 days. *

*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.

Other questions

The Apprenticeship Engagement Team are on hand to answer any queries you may have. You can also view our full list of frequently asked questions.

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Apprenticeship Engagement Team

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

Telephone: 0118 378 4030