We are pausing the intake of new starters on The Open University’s Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship from May 2022.
This is due to redesign work that we are undertaking on some elements of our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. It is our intention to reopen registrations for this programme as soon as possible.
These changes do not affect any current apprentices on the Chartered Manager programme and service levels will remain unchanged. We remain committed to providing a quality experience for all our apprentices in existing and future cohorts and to providing apprenticeship programmes which deliver real impacts for employers and apprentices alike.
Please contact us if you have any questions or wish to discuss your requirements.
The Open University's Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship provides apprentices with higher-level management skills, core competencies and desired behaviours to create leaders that can drive performance and productivity improvements in your organisation.
The programme is work-based, combines on- and off-the-job learning and development and can be delivered flexibly around the demands of your workplace.
Francis (Frankie) Bentley, who is an apprentice at South Western Railway, explains why he decided to apply for our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.
The programme is suitable for employees new into their roles looking to manage people, projects or tasks, or employees who are aspiring to be, or are in these roles already who want to further their skills and gain a formal management qualification.
Below is a summary of the eligibility criteria as set by the government for apprentices. For further information, see the Government funding rules.
To be eligible for government funding, at the start of the apprenticeship, apprentices must:
Achieving English and maths is a mandatory requirement of all apprenticeships.
Replacement exam certificate: For qualifications gained in the UK you can go to the government website to get a replacement exam certificate.
The 3 - 4 year work-based training programme includes:
BA (Hons) Degree in Management Practice
Portfolio and work-based project
English and maths functional skills
An introduction to business and management. Topics include:
Shaping business opportunities. Topics include:
Strategic management. Topics include:
End-point assessment (EPA): Review of project & portfolio, presentation & interview.
BA (Hons) in Management Practice awarded
Apprenticeship programme completed.
Effectiveness and integrity
Developing effective work relationships
Delivering results for the organisation
|Gateway Preparation Module|
|English and maths (functional skills) development*|
|Professional Practice modules|
* If required. The Open University strongly recommends that these qualifications are achieved within the first 12 months of the apprenticeship in order to have maximum benefit on academic study and workplace development.
The apprenticeship is made up of the following seven components:
Will be carried out by an Apprenticeship Programme Delivery Manager. This initial assessment includes a skills scan, a mandatory systematic review of an apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours against the standard. This will be completed jointly by the apprentice and the line manager to establish the apprentice’s baseline against the standard and how much new learning is needed. It is used to develop the Training Plan part 2, a tailored individual learning plan, to help apprentices make the most of the apprenticeship.
Will build understanding of the key theories, skills and competencies in taking apprentices’ leadership and management skills to a higher level. Academic Tutors will facilitate study, support learning and feedback, and mark module assessments. English and maths Functional Skills tutors will support the successful completion of these qualifications where an applicant is not able to provide evidence of prior attainment.
Guide apprentices in applying and evidencing their academic knowledge to their working practices. This often involves apprentices reflecting on their role and learning about the application of their developing skills and behaviours within the workplace. These modules are facilitated by Practice Tutors, who support learning and feedback, as well as mark the module assessments.
It records work-based learning evidence, demonstrating apprentices’ application of the knowledge, skills and behaviours they have learnt. Apprentices will record how they have practically applied their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the workplace, as well as the feedback they receive from line managers, peers and direct reports. The portfolio of evidence is reviewed during the end-point assessment to confirm whether the apprentice has developed the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the standard.
Is undertaken as part of apprentices’ normal work. It is a business-related project demonstrating the application of the skills and knowledge learnt during their apprenticeship. Line managers are key to enabling a successful work-based project.
Awarded by The Open University.
Carried out by an independent assessment organisation chosen by the employer and determines whether apprentices have successfully met the learning requirements of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme.
Line managers will have regular one-to-one meetings with their apprentices to ensure that the learning from the apprenticeship is fully integrated into their performance and development in the workplace. This is to ensure that the apprentice can create evidence against the requirements of the CMDA standard for the evidence portfolio requirements of the End-point Assessment Gateway. The line managers are key to enabling a successful work-based project and completion of the apprentice’s end-point assessment.
The Open University has the experience and support in place to help apprentices succeed and make a positive impact on practice.
In addition to designated account management support, The Open University will deploy expert staff to support your organisation and your apprentices. They will work collaboratively with the relevant roles in your organisation:
The PT is a key role and provides individual support to apprentices to progress and complete all the requirements of the apprenticeship or professional programme they have enrolled in. The support is tailored to the context of each learner’s professional duties and their workplace environment. Regular engagement with each learner’s line manager or work-based supervisor is a critical component of this role. In addition, the PT coaches the apprentice to integrate their academic learning with their professional work, guides them in the development of their portfolio and prepares them for their end-point assessment.
There are further roles and teams that support both apprentices and employers, and that work very closely with the PTs.
The role of the Academic Tutor is to support success by using, interpreting and building on the teaching resources produced by The Open University and provided to apprentices. They monitor progression, mark assignments, provide personalised feedback and work in partnership to support the apprentices’ academic, personal and professional development. In addition, Academic Tutors provide pastoral support to apprentices. They are sometimes also referred to as Associate Lecturers or Module Tutors.
The AEST supports apprentices throughout their Apprenticeship journey. This team of friendly Senior Advisors can offer advice and support for a range of queries apprentices may have whilst studying their modules, whether that be for advice on an upcoming assignment or exam, navigation around The Open University online learning platforms, or when they are experiencing difficult circumstances that are having an impact on their studies. This support team is able to reach out to a wide range of relevant teams within the University to help apprentices get back on track again.
This team is made up of English and/or maths specialist tutors and support staff. They work with apprentices who are required to achieve English and/or maths qualifications during their apprenticeship. These specialist tutors are able to provide one-to-one support in areas of challenge and to help prepare the apprentice for the formal qualification tests.
This role supports employers to recruit and onboard applicants on to the chosen apprenticeship programme. APDMs provide information, advice and guidance and carry out an initial assessment to ensure the apprenticeship is the right one at the right level for the individual. APDMs provide quarterly management information reports to employers detailing learners progress and put interventions in place where an apprentice is in need of support. Employers will have a named APDM to be the primary contact for apprenticeship delivery throughout the programme.
This is a person in the workplace who supports the choice of apprenticeship programme for their employee or applicant and is involved in the onboarding process with their applicant. Line managers facilitate the apprentice to take off-the-job planned training time, ensure that the apprentice has appropriate opportunities to fully engage with the application of the apprenticeship programme learning in the workplace and they fully engage in 12 weekly progress review meetings with the Practice Tutor and apprentice. Line managers have regular one to one meetings with their apprentices to ensure that the learning from the apprenticeship is fully integrated into their performance and development in the workplace. The line managers are key to enabling a successful work-based project and completion of the apprentice’s end-point assessment.
Using The Open University’s tried-and-trusted educational technology, our programmes are delivered flexibly around apprentices’ personal lives and the demands of your organisation.
Our delivery of learning is both varied and interactive, using rich media formats that engage and enthuse apprentices on their journey. Learning can be accessed 24/7 on computers, tablets and mobile devices. Online forums and tutorials as well as email and telephone communication are used to support apprentices throughout the programme.
An apprenticeship does require a part of an apprentice’s working time to be protected for off-the-job training, to allow the apprentice to engage in the learning. The planned training hours will be detailed in the Training Plan part one and discussed through the registration process. Note that in England and Wales, this time is called 'off-the-job training'. Full guidance is outlined on Gov.uk. Our flexible, blended learning approach makes it a lot easier for employers to effectively manage off-the-job training, while minimising the impact on productivity in the workplace.
Are you an employee interested in applying for an apprenticeship?
To apply you first need to gain approval from your employer. Please contact your organisation with an expression of interest. If your employer is happy to support your application, they will then contact us.
The process for employers to follow is:
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