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Senior Leader Apprenticeship (Future Leaders)

At a glance

  • Designed for recent graduates with fast-track leadership potential
  • Nurtures valuable graduate talent
  • Develops the leadership and management capabilities of emerging leaders
  • Helps individuals acquire and enhance their strategic management skills
  • Enables future leaders to have the skills and confidence to support organisational change
Subject area(s)
Business & Management
Attendance
Part-time
Fee
£14,000 (can be funded by your organisation's apprenticeship service account)
Course length
Up to 21 months including End-Point Assessment (EPA)
Suitable for
Employees identified as 'high potentials', recent graduates

Overview

The Senior Leader Apprenticeship (Future Leaders) is designed to fast-track high potential employees into senior leadership positions. It has been created for organisations with an active graduate scheme and those looking to develop and grow their graduate talent.

Apprentices will develop their practical leadership skills and their ability to effectively cope with the challenges and opportunities they will face as their career progresses. They will also explore topics such as the implications of strategic management, building relationships, corporate responsibility, change and innovation.

Key benefits

Before they can apply to join any of our apprenticeship degree programmes, learners need to be formally nominated by you, their employer. A three-way agreement also needs to be put in place between Henley Business School and the University of Reading; you, the employer; and the apprentice.

Entry requirements for the individual

Learners on this programme typically already have a degree and some work experience. 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.

Qualifications

Nominated learners must have obtained Level 2 equivalent qualifications (Grade C or above, GCSE or equivalent) in English and Maths. Employers will be asked to ensure that applicants can provide evidence of these qualifications before including them on a cohort form. The Government has provided a useful link for those who may have mislaid their certificates.

Applicants are also expected to have a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent from a UK or internationally recognised university.

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.

The next open cohort will run in Autumn 2021. Contact our business manager for further information.

Course fee: £14,000 (can be funded by your organisation's apprenticeship service account)
Duration: Up to 21 months including End-Point Assessment (EPA)
Suitable for: Employees identified as 'high potentials', recent graduates

How the apprentice is supported

Off-the-job training

Apprentices will spend 20% of their time on ‘off-the-job training’. This is a mandatory component of an apprenticeship that the employer must support them with. Both the learner and employer need to agree how this time is set aside around the learners work commitments' as it is training that they will undertake during their paid hours. Off-the-job training is not exclusive to workshops and online study sessions - other examples include:​

  • Practical training: shadowing, mentoring and industry visits​
  • Chairing or attending meetings (outside the normal job function)​
  • Learning support and time spent writing assignments​
  • Meeting with the apprenticeship tutor​
  • Working on their evidence portfolio​

Support for the apprentices

Apprenticeship tutor ​

The apprenticeship tutor supports the learners and line manager through the apprenticeship journey. The tutor will meet regularly with the learner, either within the workplace or virtually, to provide pastoral and learning support and review and assess the evidence gathered for the portfolio.​

Line manager ​

Additional support for the apprentice comes from their line manager. We will engage with them to ensure they understand the details of the programme and format for learning as well as the requirements for off-the-job training. Line managers will also be involved in agreeing on impactful work-based projects, meeting with the apprenticeship tutor, and if required, allocating apprentices' a mentor.​

During the action learning workshops and through some of the online learning apprentices will have the opportunity to learn from our academic staff, whose knowledge and expertise underpin the modules they will study.​

The Senior Leader Apprenticeship (Future Leaders) programme is taught using a blended learning method that combines face-to-face workshops* with online and on-the-job learning. Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn from international academic staff at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

At Henley, we recognise the individual's need to develop themselves to prepare for the challenges of business leadership. Throughout the programme there is a continuous element of personal development to support apprentices on their journey.

* Due to COVID-19, face-to-face workshops are currently delivered live-online. Find out about our remote education offer for apprentices

You can opt for your organisation to join open, closed and/or consortium cohorts:

Open cohorts (max. 9 learners per organisation) are available throughout the year. These enable a small number of learners from an organisation to join with others from a range of organisations and backgrounds. Top-up fees on these cohorts may apply.

Closed cohorts (30-64 learners) allow the programme content to be contextualised around your organisation's objectives and may be taught at a convenient location for your nominated learners. Programme start dates can be planned together.

Sponsored cohorts (min. 5 learners per organisation) enable you to partner with complementary organisations working on similar strategic challenges. You may choose to join one of our open sponsored cohorts, or create a closed consortium cohort working with other organisations of your choosing e.g. those within your supply chain or from within your industry.

Personal development for future leaders is integral to the programme and runs as a thread throughout the course. The programme includes two workshop days for personal development.

It will enable apprentices to reflect on their own self-awareness' and present a structured and critical approach to self-development. This can be used to drive new behaviours.

Leading and managing, strategically and responsibly

Compulsory modules Credits

Strategy is contentious and in addressing the topic, this module explores how and where firms create competitive advantage in their markets. In doing so, it will introduce students to strategy and strategic marketing with well established theories, frameworks and models used by strategists and they will explore how they are applied in practice.

This module challenges the learner to answer core questions which face business leaders today.

  • What is the purpose of an organisation – to maximise shareholder returns or to meet the broader needs of stakeholders?
  • How are successful strategies created – are they the output of a planned approach or do they emerge from within the business?
  • Should a firm’s strategy be a response to opportunities identified in the market or the exploitation of its resources and capabilities?
  • What is value?
Academic authors
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Dr Andrew Hull
20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module enhances the apprentice learner's innovation skills by developing innovative ideas in their organisation. The module brings together insights, concepts, and managerial tools from the field of entrepreneurship and innovation studies.​

We develop theoretical and practical understanding of the function of entrepreneurship and the nature of the innovation process from idea to changing products, processes, teams, organisations and markets.

On completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Create an environment for innovation and creativity in their organisation
  • Establish the value of ideas and change initiatives to drive continuous improvements.
Academic authors
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Dr Maksim Belitski
15 [7.5 ECTS credits]

Corporate responsibility and ethics have become a major topic of debate and concern in contemporary society, but also an area of managerial importance for organisations and their leaders.

This module allows practising managers to:

  1. Gain an understanding of; current corporate responsibility debates and issues, and of corporate responsibility concepts, tools and strategies, and their practical application
  2. Appreciate the importance of ethical conduct which ensures corporate responsibility.
Academic authors
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Dr. Filipe Morais
10 [5 ECTS credits]

This module aims to equip the apprentice learner with relevant accounting and financial management knowledge in decision making, especially for those who have little background in accounting and financial management.

The module covers relevant topics in the areas of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management, with a focus on the ability to understand the importance of accounting and financial information in decision making and critical evaluation of the use of relevant information in decision making.

Aims:

To build on a student’s knowledge of management by examining the role and techniques of accounting and financial management.

Academic authors
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Professor Liang Han
15 [7.5 ECTS credits]

The Personal Development for Future Leaders module is an integrated and holistic part Senior Leader Apprenticeship (Future Leaders) and is split over the 2 stages of the programme.

It seeks to support and challenge future leaders in all aspects of their growth while studying and is a catalyst for reflection on learning from all other modules and aspects of this programme.

The module aims to equip the apprenticeship learner to reflect upon their own learning, performance and achievement, and plan for their personal, educational and career development.

This module is delivered throughout the three stages of study; each stage address specific areas of personal development:

Stage 1 – Leading self

  • Understand the role of personal development and personal development planning in their career
  • Gain self-awareness by exploring their values, personality, skills and competencies
  • Reflect on their development and performance
  • Commit to own development and leadership behaviour.

Stage 2 – Leading others

  • Reflect on their impact on others, their roles and responsibilities
  • Understand context and systems exploring their role in the broader organisation
  • Appreciate individual differences and diversity at work, discuss how to engage others
  • Practice advanced communication skills including coaching, mentoring and feedback skills
  • Develop strategies to promote a positive environment for performance.
Academic authors
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Dr Tatiana Rowson
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Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth
10

Leading and managing people for high performance and impact

Compulsory modules Credits

Finding your leadership DNA places practising managers at the centre of their development as effective change leaders, faced with real dilemmas, and choices about courses of action. Through exploration of the links between leadership, the change context, culture, and change practice, they will be able to make informed decisions about how to mobilise the leadership and change resources at their disposal (individually and collectively). ​

Key themes covered include:

  • Concepts, theories and models of leadership and their relevance to organisational change circumstances
  • The challenge of change and the key organisational and people factors impacting on its nature and enactment
  • The role, nature and impact of values and culture in both pursuing and responding to change and its leadership
  • The core skills and techniques required to enable, enact and evaluate effective change.​
Academic authors
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Dr Caroline Rook
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Talented people are your company’s most valuable asset and, bottom line, the key to success. However, it takes sophisticated conceptual and analytical skills to deliver this. It needs a deep understanding of people in an organisational context. This module provides the tools and frameworks to allow you to thrive in the world of Managing People and Organisations.

Every business decision has an impact on its workforce. Talented people are an organisations most valuable asset and, bottom line, one of the main keys to success.

The aim of this module is to give learners the confidence to challenge existing workplace thinking by using good theoretical understanding and practical reasoning. They will engage with real life business cases and learn how to assess factors shaping Managing People and Organisations, which may include:

  • Contextual factors
  • Strategic talent management
  • Digitisation
  • Well-being or climate of inclusion.

However, it takes sophisticated conceptual and analytical skills to deliver this. It needs a deep understanding of people in an organisational context.

Academic authors
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Dr Washika Haak-Saheem
15 [7.5 ECTS credits]

The Personal Development for Future Leaders module is an integrated and holistic part Senior Leader Apprenticeship (Future Leaders) and is split over the 2 stages of the programme.

It seeks to support and challenge future leaders in all aspects of their growth while studying and is a catalyst for reflection on learning from all other modules and aspects of this programme.

The module aims to equip the apprenticeship learner to reflect upon their own learning, performance and achievement, and plan for their personal, educational and career development.

This module is delivered throughout the three stages of study; each stage address specific areas of personal development:

Stage 1 – Leading self

  • Understand the role of personal development and personal development planning in their career
  • Gain self-awareness by exploring their values, personality, skills and competencies
  • Reflect on their development and performance
  • Commit to own development and leadership behaviour.

Stage 2 – Leading others

  • Reflect on their impact on others, their roles and responsibilities
  • Understand context and systems exploring their role in the broader organisation
  • Appreciate individual differences and diversity at work, discuss how to engage others
  • Practice advanced communication skills including coaching, mentoring and feedback skills
  • Develop strategies to promote a positive environment for performance.
Academic authors
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Dr Tatiana Rowson
Liz Houldsworth Staff Profile Photo
Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth
10

Plus one elective module from a range which may include:

  • Leading the digital organisation
  • Principles of marketing
  • Managing projects
  • Managing service delivery
  • Managing risk
  • Sustainability

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.

The assessment process allows learners to showcase the impact of their work and learning with the submission of a work-based project at the end of each module. ​

The final stage of the apprenticeship is the End-Point Assessment (EPA), comprising an Evidence Portfolio and final Strategic Business Proposal. ​

On successful completion you will be awarded:

  • Henley Postgraduate Diploma in Management for Future Leaders (Senior Leader Apprenticeship)
  • The Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship (Future Leaders) ​
  • A CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice
  • Chartered Manager status (on successful EPA)
  • ​CMI student membership (programme duration plus 3 months with option for individuals to pay for full membership thereafter).

Henley Postgraduate Diploma in Management for Future Leaders

On completion of the apprenticeship programme, learners have the opportunity to gain additional optional academic programmes.

This optional, additional academic qualification is available subject to further assessment of work-based projects and an associated fee (separate to the apprenticeship). Once awarded, this allows progression to the final stage of the MSc Management for Future Leaders.

Assessment of work-based projects fee: £500

MSc Management for Future Leaders Stage 3

Upon successful completion of the Post Graduate Diploma in Management for Future Leaders, learners can progress on to stage 3 of the MSc Management for Future Leaders - this requires further study and additional fees.

Please note the progression to stage 3 is awaiting approval from the University of Reading and will be confirmed in due course (June 2021).

Closed cohorts

For clients wishing to run a closed cohort, we have the flexibility to deliver the programme at locations nationwide. If you do not wish to use your organisation's facilities, we are happy to arrange an alternative teaching venue that may be more convenient for your staff.

Open cohorts

Open cohorts are currently taught at our Greenlands campus near Henley-on-Thames. Set in sweeping parkland on the banks of the River Thames, this beautiful campus provides an inspiring and reflective environment for focused work and study.

Find out more about our facilities and how to find us

Why choose Henley?

For over 75 years, Henley Business School has developed confident and resilient business leaders.

Our apprenticeship programmes deliver:

  • A high-quality education rooted in the latest business thinking. We are triple-accredited for the quality of our provision
  • A direct contribution to business value through learning which focuses on live strategic issues. We work with you to identify the people who will benefit most from the programme and whose participation will have the greatest impact on the organisation
  • A blended learning experience - all our apprenticeship programmes feature face-to-face learning*, enhanced and supported by our mobile digital platform. This gives participants access to learning wherever they are and allows the cohort to collaborate outside the classroom
  • A flexible approach - in addition to our open cohorts, we offer closed cohorts that can be delivered at locations nationwide* and contextualised to your organisation
  • Individual membership of our alumni network, which includes over 80,000 alumni across 150 countries

* Due to COVID-19, face-to-face workshops are currently delivered live-online.

Contact us

For more information about Henley’s apprenticeship programmes please contact

Email: apprenticeships@henley.ac.uk
Telephone: (0)1491 418733