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Apprenticeships: Level 5 in Leadership and Management

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If you're able to commit to an 18 month programme, and then willing to dedicate some of your time to help deliver Civil Service reform in the north west of England, then you may be eligible to apply for a Level 5 Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management. This is a university level, formally accredited and recognised qualification which you can study towards through Civil Service Local, in partnership with Joint Learning Partnership (JLP).

With a clear link between organisational performance and investment in management and leadership development, the Level 5 Leadership and Management Apprenticeship presents a fantastic opportunity to allow our first line, middle and senior managers to fulfill their potential in the role and gain a university level qualification. Offering a more flexible approach to traditional study, learning takes place through assessments when carrying out workplace tasks and projects. The apprenticeship is enhanced by workshops and tutorials building knowledge and capability as well as providing unique opportunities to develop cross government and external networks. With support and help from the National Apprenticeship Service to set this up and working in partnership with our external providers – Joint Learning Partnership   - we have successfully negotiated an exclusive offer for our workforce to enrol and complete this course with a formal qualification at the end.

137 middle and Senior managers have already achieved or are studying towards this and feedback has shown that of those that have completed the apprenticeship:

·         100% have strengthened their competencies

·         72% built on their networking across departments and with public sector colleagues

·         64% have gained knowledge and felt confident enough to take on extra roles

These roles include project management, implementing new products and services, taking on extra team members, building their manager role and working with The Prince's Trust.

·         60% have changed role within their department

·         37% have been promoted

·         24% have been promoted to another government department

·         29% have moved to another department

A colleague of mine had completed the level 5 diploma in Leadership and Management and was so enthusiastic about it I decided to find out for myself what the benefits might be for me and my career.  I'm so glad I did. After completing a simple application form I was invited to an induction day which gave me a taste of what was to come.  I hadn't done any formal learning since my A-Levels and so having to research, structure and write assignments again was daunting at first but the support, guidance and encouragement from my mentor was excellent and I was soon into the swing of it.  18 months later I've gained a nationally recognised qualification and as a result of my learning, I've not only developed myself but also my team around me through the practical application of the knowledge and skills I gained through the apprenticeship.  I've gained so much more confidence and during the course of the apprenticeship I gained a promotion in a completely different business area.  The apprenticeship has helped me to develop transferable skills and I've been able to use many of these in my new role too.  For anyone thinking of applying, I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

Janie Birchall, HM Revenue and Customs

How to Apply

·        Discuss with your manager to ensure they are happy to support you during the 18 months

·        For more information, an application form and hand book please contact me by e-mail. 


There is a high demand for a limited number of places. This opportunity is only available to civil servants who live or work in the north west of England. If you are successful in obtaining a place, you will receive confirmation by e-mail.

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