Management Apprenticeships - SASE and SASW Frameworks

ILM offers the ultimate management apprenticeship service, with end to end solutions built around our market leading qualifications

Apprenticeship programmes cover occupational competency, technical knowledge and transferable skills providing the perfect blend of development for the workplace.

The are currently two types of Apprenticeship; those that use SASE frameworks and the new standards - which are often referred to as 'Trailblazer Apprenticeships'.

From April 2017 Apprenticeship in England are changing to new Apprenticeship Standards. For learners in Wales and those on a programme that commenced before April 2017, ILM continues to offer comprehensive support.

SASE framework Management Apprenticeships are made up of VRQ qualifications plus the following certification:

  • Personal learning and thinking skills (PLTS)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) available as a unit or a workbook from CFA Skills.
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT (England) or
  • Essential Skills (Wales and Northern Ireland)

From aspiring to experienced managers, candidates can choose from two Apprenticeships: Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) or Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for Wales (SASW) frameworks and our new Trailblazer Apprenticeships.

SASE/SASW Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship framework/Standard

ILM Qualification(s) 

Suitable for

Estimated programme duration

SASE/SASW framework: Level 2 Team Leading

Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Team Leading

Aspiring and new team leaders

1 year

SASE/SASW framework: Level 3 Management

Level 3 VRQ Diploma in Management

Aspiring line managers and for those who already have some management responsibilities

18 months

SASE/SASW framework: Level 4 Management

ILM Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management


ILM Level 4 Diploma in the Principles of Leadership and Management

Managers moving into a middle management position

2 years

SASE/SASW framework: Level 5 Management and Leadership


ILM Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership


ILM Level 5 Diploma in the Principles of Leadership and Management

Middle managers with responsibility for substantial programmes and resource

2-2.5 years

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