Nestle and Barclays become first companies to implement Degree Apprenticeship

In a campaign to tackle ‘‘ineffective managers draining British productivity,’’ some of the UK’s largest businesses have signed up to the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, developed by a group of 40 employers and universities.


Training managers of the future

Developed primarily by British outsourcing company Serco (who has also joined the programme) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the scheme was then given the go-ahead by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in July.

This course is among the first of the Degree Apprenticeships offered under the government’s ‘Trailblazer’ programme, which was announced in March by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The apprenticeship aims to train the managers of the future, with the UK economy needing at least one million new managers by 2020. According to a report from the commission on the future of management and leadership in July 2014, 71 per cent of UK organisations admit that they fail to effectively train first time managers.

Becoming a chartered manager is the highest accreditation that can be achieved in the management profession and within weeks, Virgin Media, the Civil Service and many other employers will be taking on new management apprentices.


Learning and development

Each apprentice will earn a degree in management and business and become a Chartered Manager. The learning programme was developed by the CMI and the Chartered Association of Business Schools. Each apprentice will also become a member of the CMI.

These new apprenticeships could provide a huge economic boost to British organisations, with the latest CMI research finding that on average, chartered managers each add £391,000 of value to their employers.

In July, Apprentice Eye reported that BPP University and BPP Professional Apprenticeships became the first educational centre and apprenticeship provider to use the scheme. There are now nine education institutions currently offering the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship to employers, including:

  • Aston Business School
  • BPP University
  • Bristol Business School
  • Hertfordshire Business School
  • Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
  • Nottingham Business School
  • Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Southampton Solent University, School of Business and Law

The scheme has been backed by skills minister Nick Boles, who commented:

‘‘By uniting the very best of higher education with work-based learning, we are transforming the routes into top management jobs.’’

‘‘Great businesses are run by great managers and I am confident many of tomorrow’s business leaders will learn their trade through the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.’’

Nestle are already known for hiring apprentices. Haleema Baker-Mir, 18, of Halifax who has just begun her apprenticeship with the food and beverage company, has nothing but good things to say about her course.

‘‘At school I always preferred to learn by doing, and so I felt an apprenticeship was the right course for me,’’ said Baker-Mir.

‘‘I find it incredible that at the age of 21, I’ll have not only a degree but also a professional status. I’ll already be in a role with a job under my belt and I’ll have the work experience I feel I’ll be in a better position.’’

Check out this video from IBM which shows some of the UK’s biggest employers showing their support for degree apprenticeships.