Information for training providers

Apprenticeships are a valuable way of equipping leaders at any level with the skills they need to succeed – they are not just about vocational skills or technical roles. Last year, over 14,000 managers completed an ILM apprenticeship. Working with ILM, you can deliver best in class programmes to your customers with first class quality assurance, support and assessment. 

Launching 1st April - preview the new apprenticeship qualifications

Designed to allow seamless delivery of the on-programme leadership and management content of the Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor Trailblazer Apprenticeship and the Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager Aprenticeship, the ILM's new Diploma qualifications offer the perfect solution for training providers wishing to deliver apprenticeships to employers.

Prior to the release of the full qualification specifications in late March and to allow our training providers to develop your learner journey/content we are sharing the unit detail, including confirmed learning outcomes, assessment criteria and depth with you now.

Level 3 Diploma for Managers

View the draft Qualification card:

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Review the draft units

Combined units:

Knowledge units:

Skills units:

Level 5 Diploma for Managers

View the draft Qualification card:

Download the qualification card 

Review the draft units

Combined units:

Knowledge units:

Skills units:

What are the next steps for training providers?

We will be issuing full details of the approval process in late March and will be accepting approvals for this qualification from mid-April. At this stage we will require:

  • Submission of Qualification Approval document
  • Learner journey and sample lesson plan/delivery material for one full unit
  • CV’s of occupationally competent delivery and quality personnel

There will be further requirements relating to the assessment approval requirements, particularly on-screen testing for the knowledge units. This will be available in early April.

Existing ILM Centres that have approval for Apprenticeship qualifications at any level will be able to add this qualification free of charge (subject to meeting approval requirements).

Coming soon:

  • ILM delivery resources linked to Level 3 and Level 5 qualifications. Samples available mid-March
  • ILM Level 5 Diploma for Leaders and Managers units (linked to the Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager Trailblazer Apprenticeship) available mid-March
  • Full qualification specifications for Level 3 and Level 5 Qualifications

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Why include an ILM qualification?

Its easy to see how  changes driven by the new levy and trailblazer apprenticeships could lead to apprenticeship assessment becoming a tick-box exercise; different skills need robust on-programme development and testing in preparation for independent, rigorous, third-party and external assessment to ensure new apprenticeships are up to scratch and high-quality.

By embedding an ILM Diploma within your management apprenticeships, ILM will help you to maintain the highest levels of quality to prepare learners for rigorous end-point-assessment and ensure they meet the new standards, and that the skills developed during the apprenticeship are fully recognised.

ILM’s market-leading qualifications are chosen my more employers than any other leadership and management specialist. Our dedicated team is on hand to help you deliver real impact for your employers and learners.

The ILM Directory of Apprenticeship Training Providers

The ILM Directory of Apprenticeship Training Providers is the place for employers to find programmes delivered with ILM’s marketing leading qualifications. More employers choose ILM Management Apprenticeships than any other leadership qualifications specialist.

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Make sure you’re on the list by becoming approved to deliver ILM qualifications recommended in the new Management Apprenticeship Standards.

Become an ILM training provider

To become approved to deliver ILM Management Apprenticeship qualifications you must become an ILM Approved Centre. We work with over 2,000 expert learning providers specialising in leadership and management, coaching, training and development to deliver our qualifications and certified training.

Our Approved Centres and Recognised Providers are monitored and supported to meet exacting standards in:

  • Knowledge, skills and experience of staff
  • Quality of learning materials and lesson plans
  • Training processes, facilities and learner centricity

Find out more about becoming an approved centre

What is End Point Assessment?

End Point Assessment (EPA) is a new way of assuring quality in the apprenticeship system. It replaces the existing model of continuous assessment resulting in qualifications. 

Once an apprentice has completed their gateway assessments, they will be ‘signed off’ by their employer as ready for end-point assessment of their knowledge and practical capabilities. In most cases, the assessment will be graded and must show the apprentice is fully competent and productive in the occupation.

The EPA can only be carried out by an independent Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO). The AAO cannot be the training provider or the employer, and cannot have been directly involved in the delivery of the apprenticeship.

ILM is approved to offer end point assessment for the Team Leader / Supervisor at Level 3 and Operations / Departmental Manager at Level 5 trailblazer apprenticeships.

Our specialist assessment team is working to design and develop innovative end-point assessments in accordance with the assessment plans for the Operations / Departmental Manager apprenticeship standard.

Moving to new style apprenticeships

If you are currently delivering ILM Management Apprenticeships at Levels 3 and/or 5 you are in a strong position to transition onto the new Standards, and we are here to support you every step of the way. Our existing Level 3 and 5 qualifications and resources provide great coverage and support of delivery of the new Trailblazer Standards. To support you every step of the way in delivery of the new Trailblazer Standards, we are also working to develop a wider offering of additional specialist products, through close consultation with our customers.

Want to offer ILM Management Apprenticeships?

If you would like to start offering ILM apprenticeship packages please get in touch. 

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