Trailblazer Apprenticeships

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ILM leads the way on apprenticeships - ILM develops over one third of all management apprentices each year. We do this by working closely with employers, colleges, independent training providers and higher education institutions to interpret and influence Government policy, and by actively helping to design the new apprenticeship standards we aim to meet the needs of the changing UK economy.

Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship - Level 3

As a Team Leader your responsibilities may vary from supporting, managing and developing your team members, to managing projects or planning and monitoring workloads and resources. Delivering operational plans, resolving problems, or building work relationships are also key factors in becoming a successful Team Leader.

You can also fit a variety of roles as Team Leader, from Supervisors and Project Officers to Shift Supervisors, Forepersons, or Shift Managers.

Entry requirements: typically be five GCSEs at Grade C or higher.

Funding cap: £5,000

Delivering with ILM: ILM Level 3 Diploma for Managers - launching 1 April

As part of our commitment to being the UK's leading provider of management apprenticeships, we've designed this new qualification to allow the seamless delivery of  the Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship. This qualification will launch on 1st April.

Additional resources:

Download the ILM Guide to the Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship at Level 3 (including the standard)

Download guidance on how the Level 3 Diploma in Management aligns to the standard at Level 3

Download the full Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship Trailblazer Assessment Plan at Level 3

Operations/Departmental Manager apprenticeship - Level 5

Level 5 managers are responsible for everything from creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, and leading and managing teams, to managing change, financial and resource management. Responsibilities also include talent management, coaching and mentoring. Roles may include those of Operations Manager, Regional Manager, Divisional Manager, Department Manager as well as other specialist managers.

Entry requirements: typically be five GCSEs at Grade C or higher.

Funding cap: £9,000

Delivering with ILM:

 ILM's Level 5 qualification to support the on-programme element of this apprenticeship will launch on 1 April 2017 - more details to follow.

Additional resources:

Download the ILM Guide to the Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship Trailblazer Standard at Level 5 (including the standard)

Download guidance on how the ILM Level 5 NVQ in Management and Leadership aligns at Level 5

Download guidance on how the ILM Level 5 in Principles of Leadership and Management aligns at Level 5

Download guidance on how the ILM Level 5 in Leadership and Management aligns at Level 5

Download the full Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship Trailblazer Assessment Plan at Level 5

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship - Level 6

Chartered Managers oversee people, projects and operations delivering long term organisational success. They are typically able to deliver impact combined with commitment to continual learning and development to achieve the professional recognition of their ability. As a Chartered Manager, your roles may include being a Manager, Senior Manager, Head of Department or Operations Manager; as well as anyone with significant management responsibilities.

Entry requirements: typically A Levels.

Funding cap: £27,000

Additional resources:

Download the full Apprenticeship Standard for a Chartered Manager (Level 6)

Download the full Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Assessment Plan (Level 6)

About Trailblazer Standards

New Apprenticeship Standards are replacing old SASE/SASW frameworks, which will eventually be phased out by 2019.

Standards will contain the following elements:

On-programme training and learning

On-the-job and off-the-job training and learning need to develop the apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours.

The key aspects include:

  • No mandatory requirement for qualifications (unless they’re a requirement such as a Licence to Practice (LTP), or are written into the Standard by the Trailblazer group)
  • All apprentices will be required to develop their Maths and English skills
  • Apprenticeships will cover behaviours, as well as knowledge and skills

Gateway to End Point Assessment

Towards the end of the apprenticeship, employers and providers will ‘sign-off’ the apprentice as being ready for end-point assessment.

End Point Assessment

End-point assessment is being introduced as the main assessment method for all Trailblazer Apprenticeships. It replaces the SASE model of continuous assessment and qualifications.

ILM have been approved to deliver End Point Assessments for both the Level 3 Team Leader apprenticeship and the Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager apprenticeship. There'll be more information about our End Point Assessment offer soon.

The new model apprenticeship model separates training delivery and assessment. It allows employers and providers to focus on training and learning and helps the apprentice gain the maximum possible experience before they are assessed.

  • Assessment methods – The assessment plan will outline the assessment methods to be used by independent assessment organisations for the end-point assessment
  • Grading – End-point assessment will be graded. It will determine that the apprentice demonstrates the level of knowledge, skills and behaviours required in the Standard
  • Delivery – End-point assessment will be delivered by an Independent End Assessor, from an assessment organisation which is on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAO)

Want to transition to the new standards?

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, our new range of qualifications will launch in April 2017.

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