Information for Businesses

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is a brand new, industry driven opportunity for any business or organisation of any size to develop their own graduate level workforce. It has been designed by a group of leading businesses, in conjunction with the Association of Business Schools and professional bodies, to help employers to address skills gaps and develop their own workforce of the future.

At Airbus we recognise that full-time university is not for everyone, as some learners prefer a more “hands on approach” to education. We view our undergraduate apprenticeships as a very effective alternative method of education that allows us to tailor the learning path of the individual, to give them work experience that underpins their academic studies; Gavin Jones, Head of Early Careers, Airbus.

Degree apprenticeships are a brand new government initiative which allows any organisation to access funding to cover the majority, if not all of the cost of a degree apprenticeship, in order to recruit a new member of staff, or indeed to develop an existing workforce.

Apprentices are employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week by an employer, whilst studying for a BA (Hons) Business Management and Leadership with the University of Chester. Apprentices who complete the programme will not only gain their degree, but also they will be awarded the highly valued Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Diplomas 4, 5 and 6 and achieve full Chartered Manager status.

This programme is suitable for a range of aspiring managers and roles with managerial responsibilities in a variety of organisations and sectors. It can also be used as a retention and promotion programme to retain and reward existing high fliers within an organisation. Delivery will take place at one of our multi-million pound campuses in Chester, Warrington or Shrewsbury, or at a suitable employer site subject to agreement, and comprises 12 workshop days per year, workplace visits and supported on-line and distance delivery. Assessments are entirely project based and can be individually negotiated with the apprentice to support your organisation's requirements. It is also possible to negotiate an addendum to the exit award where specialisms exist.

We have an excellent track record in providing this type of work-based learning in organisations across the world, particularly through our highly acclaimed "Centre for Work Related Studies" through which this apprenticeship programme operates. The first cohort of apprentices is already producing superb results for their employers.

Phillip McEvoy, Operations Director at Argent Oil Terminal has said “The new degree apprenticeship has given members of my senior management team the chance to gain a formal academic qualification and professional registration credibility without impacting on their ability to carry out their work commitments. This programme is a fantastic way forward for accidental managers to complement their years of experience with academic best practice and learning, which will naturally impact the performance of the business in a positive way. The flexible way the programme is delivered by the University of Chester gives the opportunity for minimal disruption to business operations and provides a fantastic development opportunity to all levels of the organisation. I would recommend this programme to anyone who wants to develop the capability of their team to help the growth of their business.”

This degree apprenticeship qualification is worth 360 credits. We will assess claims for prior learning and experience and provide individual advice accordingly. The degree usually takes 3 years to complete and a further 6-12 months for the CMI and apprenticeship assessments. There are no hidden extra costs. The current funding cap for this degree apprenticeship is extremely generous at £27,000 and may be met as follows:

Large employers (over £3m payroll bill) pay a 0.5% tax on their payroll bill. Contributions begin in April 2017 and are collected monthly. They are topped up by a further 10% from the government and the funds are held in a digital account. The funds transfer to the chosen provider when approved training is purchased. The oldest funds are spent first as monies expire after 24 months if left unspent.

Medium size employers will benefit from 90% funding, meaning that the full programme would cost just £2,700. This funding is also available to large employers who want to spend more than their levy. Small employers (under 50 employees) do not have to pay any fees at all if they engage an 18 year old apprentice, or a 19-24 year old leaving care or with additional needs.

All employers will receive a £1000 bonus for recruiting an 18 year old apprentice, or a 19-24 year old leaving care or  with additional needs. All employers are exempt from paying NI contributions for apprentices under 25.

We have a growing register of keen applicants who are looking for an apprenticeship in this field. We can advertise vacancies for you and help with your recruitment completely free of charge.

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