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MSc Digital and Technology Solutions - Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship programme supports your employees to develop and implement complex digital and technology strategies.

With two pathways you can choose for your employees to become:

  • IT strategy specialists

OR

  • Data analytics specialists

At a glance

  • Choose to become a specialist in either IT Strategy or Data Analytics
  • For those already working on IT or Big Data projects
  • Develop and learn new leadership skills to promote a high level of cooperation between own and other work groups to establish a technology change led culture
  • Learn to create strong positive relationships with team members to produce high performing technical teams.
Subject area(s)
Information Management
Attendance
Part-time
Fee
£21,000 - For cohorts starting Autumn 2020
Course length
24 month part-time programme- including 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA).
Suitable for
Typically for with 2:1 degree or equivalent from a UK or an internationally recognised university; not necessarily in a related discipline. Apprenticeship learners must also be in full or part-time* employment.

Programme Overview

Programme aims

This Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Apprenticeship supports your employees to develop and implement complex digital and technology strategies.

It equips your apprentices with knowledge and skills to investigate, identify and implement digital and technological strategic solutions through technology leadership. It helps prepare them towards becoming a digital and technology solution specialist who is a confident, competent and capable individual able to apply leadership and change management skills in a digital transformation process.

Blended learning and management skills

  • Learners are expected to enhance their work-based learning and research ability, teamwork, communication skills, information handling, problem-solving, project management, creativity, and analytical skills.
  • This is achieved through a mix of blended learning combining (lecture/practical, online learning, work-based learning, classroom-based/problem-based, theory-oriented/skill-focused) and different methods of assessments (examination/coursework).
  • In particular, learners are expected to achieve leadership skills to promote a high level of cooperation between own work group and other groups to establish a technology change led culture; to develop and support others in developing an appropriate balance of leadership and technical skills and to create strong positive relationships with team members to produce high performing technical teams.

Key Benefits

Price: Autumn 2020 intakes - £21,000. This can be fully funded by your organisations digital levy account.

Key dates

Open cohort start date 09 November 2020
Employer Nomination Forms to be signed and returned by: 14 August 2020
If your organisation has not previously sent apprentices to Henley then the Employer Frame Agreement (EFA) needs to be signed by: 14 August 2020
Applications open from and to: 18 August - 02 September 2020.

Henley's next available open cohort will be in November 2020. See here for the programme schedule.

Cohort options

Closed cohorts: Organisations are able to choose whether to send large numbers (minimum of 30 and maximum of 65). Programme content can be contextualised around your organisations objectives and may be taught at location more convenient for your nominated learners. Programme start dates can be planned together.

Consortium cohorts: Organisations may also choose to create a closed consortium cohort working with other organisations of their choosing eg. those within their supply chain or specifically those within their industry where strategic challenges maybe aligned.

Open cohorts: This is for organisations typically sending 1 or 2 learners per cohort, with the benefit of learners mixing with others from a variety of organisations and industries.

Course fee: £21,000 - For cohorts starting Autumn 2020
Duration: 24 month part-time programme- including 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA).
Suitable for: Typically for with 2:1 degree or equivalent from a UK or an internationally recognised university; not necessarily in a related discipline. Apprenticeship learners must also be in full or part-time* employment.

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Please check back soon, or contact us for more information.

By working in long-term partnerships with our clients, we can help to maximise the value of Levy contributions. We aim to utilise the fund to meet our clients’ strategic objectives and achieve their ambitions for their employees and organisations.

At Henley we empower individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders, who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Working with their Apprenticeship Tutors learners will be encouraged to utilise the new learning to benefit both the teams within which they work and the wider organisation.

The alumni network

Individual learners will meet with others both on their cohort. Together they can form the most valuable network throughout their career. From day one, they join Henley’s alumni association, a group of over 80,000 spread across 160 countries. There are regional and international alumni groups and Special Interest Groups providing a priceless series of events, mentoring programmes, career advice, and industry contacts and information

The environment

The programme is currently taught at our Greenlands campus on the banks of the River Thames in Oxfordshire within 30 acres of beautiful conservation parkland. We are less than an hour’s drive from Heathrow Airport, within easy reach of London and close to many major motorway links. It is perfect for quiet reflection as well as stimulating debate with other leading business minds and provides an ideal learning environment for busy executives: you have the space and surroundings required to stretch your mind and think away from the pressures of the office.*

Classes are delivered in board-room style seminar rooms to facilitate group work and discussion.

Resources include the Library that holds books, journals, market research reports, dissertations, working papers and company information. (These materials are also available online through the virtual learning environment.) The modern new space provides the perfect place for study, including a 24-hour Quiet Study Space.

Leisure facilities include a fully equipped and professionally staffed fitness centre, outdoor sporting facilities, on-site accommodation and restaurant.

*Greenlands may not exclusively be used for programme delivery. For client choosing a closed cohort we have the flexibility to deliver the programme at a nationwide set of locations including your own offices if required.

Apprenticeship tutor

Each learner is assigned a Henley apprenticeship tutor to support the individual learner and their line manager through the apprenticeship journey. Tutors will communicate and meet regularly with the apprentice within their workplace or virtually to provide the learning support, and review and assess the evidence gathered for their evidence portfolios.

Personal development

This is woven into the fabric of Henley programmes. We take a whole-person approach which acknowledges the complexity of balancing work, home, study and career. In addition to a high level of individual support while studying at Henley, services are available to assist career development, including coaching, networking, mentoring, and recruitment resources.

Employer support

Employers provide support to learners as part of the employers’ commitment to their employees. Organisations are contracted by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to give a minimum of 20% off the job training time. Off-the job training is defined by the ESFA as: “training received by the apprentice, during the apprentice’s paid hours, for the purpose of achieving their apprenticeship” This 20% off the job training is not exclusive to class sessions although they do count. Some other examples may include:

  • Practical training: shadowing, mentoring and industry visits
  • Chairing or attending meetings (outside the learner’s normal job function)
  • Learning support and time spent writing assignments
  • Meeting with the Apprenticeship Tutor
  • Working on the evidence portfolio.

The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for modules being taught in the current academic year.

Taught through a blended learning method each module combines face-to-face learning with virtual learning via the Canvas platform with the development of some skills and behaviours also developed and practised at work.

Programme schedules:

  • Autumn 2020 - MSc Digital and Technology Solutions - Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Apprenticeship

Stage 1: Core modules

These core modules start with a focus on Digital Information Management

Compulsory modules Credits

Learners develop an understanding of the principles of informatics and effective management of information resource as business competitiveness.

This module covers the underpinning theory and methodology of information management and systems; appreciate business principles, organisation, processes and models; identify the user requirements and suitable IT systems solutions; and perform analysis and design of a systems solution using appropriate technologies.

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As digital technology moves from being disruptive to becoming pervasive, the breadth and depth of digital change transforms entire systems of production, management, and governance.

This poses a dual challenge to leaders who need to understand how digital technologies continuously reshape their competitive environment and devise strategies to keep their organisation ahead; but also to continuously rethink organisational processes and their own role within them:

  • What is the role of leadership in an emerging work environment where advances in automation and machine-learning mean that core functions such as organising information flows, delegating and prioritising work and even high-level decision-making can now be assumed by systems?
  • How does the ubiquity of connected data affect organisational power structures, leadership legitimacy, ethics and governance?
  • How can leaders build a company culture that embraces continuous individual and organisational development?

Drawing on leading-edge case studies, theory and industry guest speakers, this module critically explores the role and opportunities for leadership in the context of the emerging Digital Organisation paradigm.

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This module explores how existing and cutting-edge technologies can provide innovative digital business solutions. It involves the understanding of digital technology principles, values-based innovation, digital business ecosystems and platform ecosystems, and applies the emerging service science and service logic/thinking approaches to the development of digital business solutions. It covers innovations in processes, products, technology, services, and business models, as well as methods and models to create new business value in highly competitive and technology-rich environments.

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Stage 2 - Specialism 1: IT strategy specialism

In Stage 2 is where the learner can choose one of the following technical specialisms:

  • IT strategy
  • Data analytics

IT strategy

This equips learners knowledge and skills to drive digital initiatives and implement IT strategy to help transform their operating model through the delivery of technology-based change initiatives.

It includes the capability of managing strategic alignment of business and IT capabilities to deliver and support strategic plans for implementing information technologies; conducting digital change and selecting appropriate tools and engaging with senior stakeholders to formulate digital strategy; and digital engagement exploring the principles of consulting and digital technology strategy and problem solving methods in conjunction with digital roadmap techniques.

Compulsory modules Credits

This module covers the business and technology strategic alignment of the enterprise. It builds the knowledge and skills to gain a strategic perspective of the digital transformation of an organisation at the enterprise level. It introduces the digital initiatives portfolio which is explored at a more detailed level in the Digital business strategy module.

Aims:

To enable learners to develop and critically evaluate business systems and technical strategies to help organisations transform in a fast-moving digital world:

  • To develop an understanding of why enterprises create a strategic alignment of business and IT capabilities – and the consequences of failing to do so
  • To build a solid knowledge foundation of the components of business and technical strategies and how they interact in a holistic framework
  • To appropriately select from a portfolio of business IT alignment tools and apply these for digital transformation, engaging with professional colleagues and executives

Module convenor: Professor Sharm Manwani

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Digital business strategy covers the strategic development of digital initiatives. It builds the knowledge and skills to gain a strategic perspective of the digital transformation of an organisation for key initiatives. It connects the enterprise view of digital transformation introduced in the Managing strategic alignment module with the strategic technologies used by the enterprise.

Aims

To enable learners to analyse, design and develop key digital initiatives to help organisations transform in a fast-moving digital world:

  • To analyse and assess how key digital initiatives fit into the overall strategy and business/operating models
  • To formulate design solutions for the key digital initiatives including a plan for the required technologies and capabilities
  • To appropriately select from a portfolio of tools and apply these for key digital initiatives, and to engage with senior stakeholders

Module convenor: Professor Sharm Manwani

This module explores the role and nature of IT consultancy in the context of developing strategic ICT technology solutions to support business strategy. It develops knowledge and skills in the use of consulting tools for modelling and analysis of technologies as internal or external consultants. It explores the principles of consulting and digital technology strategy and problem solving methods in conjunction with digital road-map and transformation techniques to enable students to identify, analyse and develop proposals to meet the strategic technology needs of competitive digital businesses.

Aims

To develop a knowledge of digital technology strategy and consulting techniques to support the development of a coherent technology strategy appropriately aligned to an organisation’s business strategy for internal and external business clients.

Module convenor: Dr Vaughan Michell

Stage 2 - Specialism 2: Data Analytics

This specialism equips the apprentice learner with knowledge and skills to investigate business data requirements, and applies data selection, data curation, data quality assurance, data investigation and engineering techniques.

It includes understanding of data nature through data and quality management; data driven innovation through conducting high-quality complex investigations, employing a range of analytical software, statistical modelling and machine learning to solve commercial problems; and data-driven strategy focusing on the strategic use of data analytics in business, analysing business and technological requirement to create value through big data technologies and assessing the legal and ethical implications of data analytics in business.

Compulsory modules

This module focuses on the strategic use of data analytics in business in the era of Big Data. Given the availability of large amounts of data in business and organisation, there is an increasing need for organisations to assess how effectively data analytics and relevant emerging technologies can be utilised for business. Learners will consider how organisations can benefit from Big Data and analytics, and analyse business and technological requirements to create value though these technologies. Students will also explore recent developments in technologies surrounding Big Data and data analytics such as text analytics, visual analytics and artificial intelligence, and assess types of tools that can be utilised, including the evaluation and use of state-of-the-art tools. Students will also assess the legal and ethical implications of data analytics in business.

Aims

To evaluate the business value in utilising data analytics and develop information and data management solutions with an appreciation of data analytics methods and technologies. It also develop understanding of the legal, social and ethical concerns involved in data management and analysis.

Module convenor: Professor Keiichi Nakata

The way a business stores and processes data can significantly impact the organisation’s ability to undertake specific business functions, meet customer needs, interact with critical stakeholders, and/or make key decisions.

This module highlights the importance of data management, from management and enterprise perspectives, by considering information theory, data storage solutions, enterprise and systems architecture, traditional information systems use, and critical decision-making approaches; in order to support students’ understanding that data management is key to achieving business success.

Aims:

Provide the learners with the skills to:

  • Undertake an analytical investigation of organisational data and information, in order to consider the nature, utility and quality of available data
  • Appreciate and support, from a management perspective, the implementation of data quality rule sets and guidelines, in order to facilitate knowledge workers (e.g. database designers)
  • Identify and appreciate how data needs can support business strategy
  • Highlight what data must to be acquired, managed, and processed in business - using examples from a range of large, complex, and real-time datasets
  • Understand a range of IS platform choices, and consider the properties, benefits, and problems of specific solutions in context of business operation and decision making,
  • Appreciate the data management issue involved in obtaining an enterprise systems perspective;
  • Appreciate how relevant data hierarchies and taxonomies are identified and used to manage information and knowledge management and management decision making.

Module convenor: Dr Stephen Gulliver

Data-driven recommendations are becoming increasingly popular amongst organisations; quickly replacing qualitative assessments that were until recently based on experience and tacit knowledge. A good understanding of data analytics has, therefore, become a fundamental skill for anyone looking to work with organisations that plan to make strategic use of their data assets. In this module learners will be introduced to key concepts related to descriptive and predictive analytics, and will become adept at managing, summarising, and analysing data. Furthermore, they will gain experience with building predictive models that can lead to data-driven solutions to commercial problems.

The learners will acquire key knowledge and skills in:

  • Exploring and visualising complex data sets
  • Applying principles of data driven analysis using inferential statistics and statistical modelling
  • Developing and comparing predictive models
  • Forming data driven decisions to solve commercial problems.

Module convenor: Dr Markos Kyritsis

Stage 3: Assessment preparation

This stage of the programme works on the individuals personal development as well as helping them to prepare for their final project, the dissertation.

Compulsory modules Credits

A dissertation project is an independent piece of work-based research project in the MSc Digital Technology Solutions degree apprenticeship. It is considered to be the most important element as it demonstrates the knowledge and skills acquired in terms of the subject area, academic research and work-based project.

It is normally conducted by an individual student guided by an academic supervisor in the chosen specialised domain. It gives students the opportunity to undertake a substantial applied research project which draws the prior knowledge and many skills acquired from the past experience and during the taught part of the MSc programme, enables students to practise writing a scientific report, allows students to develop problem-solving skills, and enables students to manage research activities and critically assess the outcomes from the project.

The aim of the module is to enable the student apply the skills and knowledge through a business task. It involve researching, developing, implementing and evaluating a solution to a typical business task within the chosen specialism. The student is expected to conduct research such as user experience surveys, or other ways of data gathering and analysis. The student will need to demonstrate leadership in transformation and implementation of a solution in the business.

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The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change.

How to nominate your employees

Applicants are expected to have at least a 2.1 degree, or equivalent, from a UK or an internationally recognised university; not necessarily in a related discipline.

Applicants without a degree but who have additional relevant experience, or a professional qualification will be considered on their overall suitability for the programme on a case-by-case basis. Professional experience includes a graduate internship programme with one or more employers.

Before they are able to apply, to join any of Henley’s Apprenticeship Levy Degree programmes they need to be formally nominated by you, their employer. In addition, a three-way agreement needs to be put in place, this triangular agreement includes: Henley Business School, University of Reading, you the employers and the employees (individual learners).

The contractual process

Employer framework agreement (EFA):

This is the contract between the University of Reading and your organisation. NB: The organisaton that you work for maybe different to the one that signed the contract with the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) as you may work for a subsidiary of a larger company.

Cohort form:

Once the EFA is signed you are able to submit your cohort form. This is where you the employer, formally nominate the individuals you wish to send onto the MSc Management for Future Leaders - SLMDA (and other programmes). Key questions are asked that allow us to check that individuals are eligible to be funded by the Levy.

Once the cohort form is completed, the nominated learners will be sent a base line assessment to establish the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to develop as part of their apprenticeship. They will then receive their online application link. Typically, there is a two week gap when their application needs to be completed.

Entry requirements for the individual

Learners on this programme typically already have a degree and will be working in a relevant role. However in their baseline assessment they will need to demonstrate the need for new learning of the knowledge, skills and behaviours as outlined in the apprenticeship standard.

Baseline assessment

Once the cohort is completed, the nominated learners will be sent a baseline assessment to establish the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to develop as part of this apprenticeship. They will then receive their online application link.

Online application

As well as their degree, learners should also be in a relevant role. However, on an individual learners’ applications they will need to demonstrate the following additional qualifications.

Qualifications

To complete an Apprenticeship programme, it is mandatory that individuals have obtained Level 2 (Grade C or above G.C.S.E or equivalent) qualifications in English and Maths. Employers will be asked to ensure that applicants can provide evidence of Level 2 before including them on a cohort form to start the University application process. The Government has provided a useful link for those who may have mislaid their certificates.

Applicants without a degree but who have additional relevant experience or a professional qualification will be considered on their overall suitability for the programme on a case-by-case basis. Professional experience includes a graduate internship programme with one or more employers.

Current teaching arrangements

Due to social distancing guidelines and the size of all our apprenticeship cohorts, the face-to-face scheduled workshops are currently taught live online, through interactive sessions with academics. Our Greenlands campus provides a great learning environment that we know our students are keen to return to. However, the welfare of our students, staff and wider community remains a top priority and we need to ensure we follow relevant guidelines.

The apprenticeship team are to answer any queries you may have.

Closed cohorts

For clients wishing to run a closed cohort we have the flexibility to deliver the programme at a nationwide set of locations. We are happy to arrange an alternative teaching venue that maybe more convenient for your staff, if you do not wish to use your organisations facilities.

Open cohorts

For those on the open cohort options, the MSc Digital and Technology Solutions and Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Apprenticeship is currently taught at our Greenlands campus. This beautiful campus is set on 30 acres of beautiful conservation parkland on the banks of the River Thames in Oxfordshire . We are less than an hour’s drive from Heathrow Airport, within easy reach of London and close to many major motorway links. It is perfect for quiet reflection as well as stimulating debate with other leading business minds and provides an ideal learning environment for busy executives: they have the space and surroundings required to stretch their mind and think away from the pressures of the office.

Classes are delivered in board-room style seminar rooms to facilitate group work and discussion.

Resources include the Library that holds books, journals, market research reports, dissertations, working papers and company information. The modern new space provides the perfect place for study, including a 24-hour Quiet Study Space. Although these materials are also available online through the virtual learning environment.

Leisure facilities include a fully equipped and professionally staffed fitness centre, outdoor sporting facilities, on-site accommodation and restaurant.

Why choose Henley?

Working with you

By working in long-term partnerships with our clients, we can help to maximise the value of Levy contributions. We aim to utilise the fund to meet our clients’ strategic objectives and achieve their ambitions for their employees and organisations. At Henley we empower the individual learners to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders, who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Working with their Apprenticeship Tutors they will be encouraged to utilise the new learning to benefit both the teams within which they work and the wider organisation.

Henley's support to you - the employer

Each client is assigned an Account Director or Manager to support them with the on-boarding of new learners onto this apprenticeship programme and others. The team we will work with you throughout the application and enrolment process.

The Henley alumni network

Individual learners will meet with others both on their cohort and those on other programmes. Together they can form an invaluable network. From day one, they join Henley’s alumni association, a group of over 80,000 spread across 150 countries. There are regional and international alumni groups and Special Interest Groups providing a priceless series of events, mentoring programmes, career advice, and industry contacts and information.

Contact us

Henley Apprenticeship Levy Team

Contact the team for more information about Henley's apprenticeship levy programmes and service.

Email: apprenticeships@henley.ac.uk
Telephone: 01491418733

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