12-02-2021

Do you want to be better prepared for a senior role or simply lead your business more effectively? If so then this could be just the flexible and low to no cost opportunity that you have been waiting for.

London Examinations Board (LEB) has teamed up with UK and international universities to provide a rich learning experience, combining both a Masters qualification with a Senior Leader Apprenticeship*. The programme is currently available wholly online and typically takes 18-24 months to complete.

The Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship standard was co-developed by businesses, professional bodies and training providers to ensure that the development and demonstration of key skills and behaviours are given equal if not more weighting than purely academic knowledge. The Apprenticeship follows a work-based and problem-based learning approach, and apprentices will be expected to demonstrate how they have utilized their learning and development in solving business-related issues and problems by integrating and building on perspectives from the course and the learning material, plus their own contexts. Apprentices will complete core modules and be assessed on how they have been applied in their workplace.

Successful apprentices will gain a Master’s degree from a public UK University and French Business School and will also have an opportunity to add further Masters’ qualifications from universities in France, USA or Australia. Successful apprentices can also register for membership with the Chartered Management Institute and/or the Institute of Leadership and Management.

LEB has been offering business-related degrees and Master’s programmes through links with various universities in the United Kingdom, Australia, USA, France and Malaysia. LEB’s insight into business practices in Europe and Asia coupled with Western qualifications enables it to provide unique, global perspectives during the management training. Working with its university partners, LEB is focussed on developing students who are working adults and has a highly-qualified teaching team. Face-to-face learning will take place at a location and premises suitable to students/employer demands and combines lecture theatres and/or conference type facilities with suitable amenities to create the best possible learning experience.

To access the programme, you need to be employed in an existing job or a new hire and your employer must also agree to the apprenticeship, allowing you to spend 20% of your normal working hours on the programme. Applicants simply need to meet the entry requirements which are either an honours degree or a professional qualification and/or work experience at supervisory/managerial level plus English and Maths Grade A-C (or these must be gained during the apprenticeship). The potential benefits to students’ career prospects are obvious and employers can gain significantly as apprentices are trained within the context of their organisations, i.e. they contribute to their organisation’s productivity while developing their own skills. In addition, apprenticeship training can be adapted to the needs of the organisation and apprentices will gain the knowledge, behaviours and skills to confidently engage in sustainable, evidence-based decision making.

And the cost? Instead of the need to take out a student loan to pay the fees (currently £18,000), it is completely free to the apprentice. If the employer is large (with an annual payroll bill of over £3 million) then they can use their Apprenticeship Levy funds for this MBA Apprenticeship training. If your organisation doesn’t pay the Levy or if it has been used up then there is ‘co-investment’ where the employer pays just 5% of the training costs and the Government pays 95%. Now isn’t that an opportunity too good to miss?!

Enquiries and further details:

Website: www.leb.education

Email: apprenticeships@leb.education

Telephone: 01992 711 963

* Available in England only.


"When setting up a Shared Service Centre, The Learn Centre played a key role in our award winning Payroll Academy, delivering a blended learning experience combining both classroom based training and an e-learning solution. The course delivery, the training materials and overall learning experience was excellent."

Michael Stevenson
Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

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