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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.

Those interested in a programme will need to submit a nomination form (see individual programme information on the Emerging Leaders of Tomorrow homepage) 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

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.

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.

All nomination forms must be submitted by 23:59 on Monday 31 October.

If you’re unsure which programme would be best suited, please contact to discuss in more detail.

Employees who spend 50% or more of their working hours in England can apply. Those who work solely in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or Ireland would not be eligible for funding.

The only programmes available to Nokia employees are those listed on the Emerging Leaders of Tomorrow page.

Previous experience will also be taken into account when making a decision.

Most qualifications have a difficulty level. The higher the level, the more difficult the qualification is. Level 6 qualifications are gained at Bachelor's degree level, and include degree apprenticeships and graduate certificates. Level 7 qualifications are equivalent to Master's degree level. Further detail is available here.

Henley apprenticeships typically take 2 to 3 years to complete. Learners will study part-time while continuing to work in their role.

Each apprenticeship includes regular one-day workshops delivered at the Greenlands campus (Henley-on-Thames), which all learners will need to attend. These are detailed in the programme schedules. Most weeks, learners will also take part in online sessions (1-2 hours).

Apprenticeship programmes require a lot of self-study. We recommend that learners commit 6 hours per week off-the-job training, plus personal time to maximise their chances of success.

If you are on a working visa, graduate visa or a spouse visa then the duration of the visa must cover the entire duration of the programme. Please contact to discuss further. Those on a student or visitor visa aren’t eligible for apprenticeship funding.

We can support those who have been resident in the EU for three years prior to the programme commencing. Please contact to discuss your situation.

If you are currently on parental leave, you would be unable to join one of the upcoming programmes but can join another cohort once you return to work. If you take parental leave once the programme has started, you can take a break in learning, which will need to be discussed with Henley Business School.

No, the programmes are open meaning there will be other employers within the cohort, with up to 36 individuals.

Line Managers need to approve all nominations by signing and supplying a supporting statement on the nomination form.

Individuals need to fill a nomination form with their Line Manager’s approval by 31st October. Once this deadline passes, you will then be invited to apply via an application link. Once submitted, Henley Business School will review applications, send to Nokia Board for review, and an agreed list of candidates will be asked to attend an interview with Henley Business School in early December.

The courses are funded by the apprenticeship levy so there will be no pay back clause. Depending on which employer you move to, there may be scope to continue on the programme.

The face-to-face workshops are mandatory however, if you are unable to attend, please speak to Henley Business School as soon as possible to see if arrangements can be made.

The apprenticeship is funded by the levy. To progress onto the MBA, there would be fees which the individual would need to cover. For further information, please contact

The programme pages contain in-depth module descriptors where you can see a breakdown of each module.