Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA)

February 04, 2020 - 11:00am

Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA)

The Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA) has been designed to develop Senior Leaders capable of directing and influencing their organisations direction and deal with the complexities of leading a business in the 21st century.

The University of Cumbria programme links the academic knowledge gained from a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) to the workplace issues faced by senior leaders to enable participants to deal with strategic leadership and decision making issues. Opportunities to share with and learn from other senior leaders is a core element of the programme.

It is essential that applicants are able to demonstrate they have the opportunity to make strategic decisions in their organisation and influence organisational strategy in order to participate and benefit from this programme.

Is it for you?
Are you new to working at Senior Leader Level and need to develop and enhance your skills
Have you been identified as a future senior leader by your employer and have a development plan
to achieve this?
Would networking with other senior business leaders of benefit to you?
Do you want to build and develop your business for the future?
Then this programme is for you!

Occupational / Profile

Occupational / Profile could include: Professional strategic leaders in the private, public or third sector organisations, who lead, manage and direct organisations. You don’t have to work for a large organisation, but would need line management and mentoring support in the workplace.

Specific job roles may include:
Senior Leader, Section Leader, Executive, Director, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Information Officer, Senior Military Officer, HE Registrar and Head of Department/Function/Service. 
Source Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education – SENIOR LEADER (DEGREE)

What it covers
The programme comprises the following areas: (see also detailed programme timetable below)
Leadership in Practice
Sustainability & Strategic Collaboration
Strategic Financial Analysis and Investment Management
Principles of Strategy
Strategic Marketing Planning
Managing Operations and Information
Independent Industry Project

How the apprenticeship be taught
The employer commits to the development of their apprentice by allowing 20% of the employee’s normal working week to be spent in development activities, the relevance of which is put into context in the workplace. Activities outside of the work include a combination of formal training, independent study, learning through mentoring, networking, on-line exercise using the university’s virtual learning environment and one to one work with a specialist.

How will the apprentice be assessed?
Assessment methods are likely to include an appropriate mix of assignments, reports and practical work that will be brought together in a portfolio of evidence which will demonstrate the skills, knowledge and behaviours acquired on the course. 

There will be regular reviews between the apprentice, the employer and the university with a formal annual assessment of progress. Towards the end of the programme, the apprentice will undertake a synoptic work-based project with will bring together elements of learning from different parts of the apprenticeship programme and show the accumulated knowledge and understanding of management and its application in the apprentice’s organisation. Full support is provide to the apprentice to prepare for the final End Point Assessment.

Where will the training be delivered?
Training is through a blend of on-campus delivery and workplace learning. Employer support provided to enable the apprentice to perform work duties specific to their field.

When will the next programme start?
Recruitment is open for the next cohort which will commence on 12th March 2020, the programme will be delivered in residential block of 4/5 days from either our Carlisle or Ambleside Campus in Cumbria. Typical delivery expects learners to be on campus between 9:30 – 17:00 hours. The programme will include an induction/formal registration session.

Entry Requirements?
Prospective candidates will have Maths and English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) and will be required to meet the standard university entry requirements for the programme. Applicants must be either new to a senior role or have been formally identified by their employer as having the potential to be a senior leader and be on a structured development programme. Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have the opportunity to make strategic decisions in their organisation and influence organisational strategy. An interview may be required with the Senior Academic or Programme Lead.

The University are happy to facilitate a short-listing / pre-application process within your organisation if you want to support one learner, but have a range of professional interest, this can test their eligibility and suitability before an application is submitted.

It will typically take between 2 and 2 ½ years to complete the SLMDA, however the exact timescale will depend on individual previous experience and whether any areas are exempt due to prior experience.

On successful completion of the standard, including the end point assessment for the SLMDA, the Apprentice will achieve an MBA and they will have the opportunity to become either a member of the Chartered Management Institute, or achieve membership of The Institute of Leadership and Management,  depending on the assessment route chosen by the employer.

This apprenticeship programme is funded through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). In order to receive funding each applicant must be assessed by the university against the ESFA’s eligibility criteria and it is not possible to guarantee that this programme will be funded until all eligibility checks have been satisfied.

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