Level 5 Operations / Departmental Manager (Apprenticeship) - Writtle University College
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Level 5 Operations / Departmental Manager (Apprenticeship)

Our Level 5 Operations / Department Manager Apprenticeship allows you to gain essential management skills and expertise by applying your learning directly into the workplace whilst in paid employment.

This 18 month programme is recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and will enhance your ability to apply core management skills and techniques into the workplace, including:

  • Operational Management Approaches and Models
  • Business Management Principles
  • Communications
  • Performance Management
  • Leadership Styles and Techniques
  • Project and Risk Management
  • Change Management

You will:

  • Work in a management role in your chosen industry for a minimum of 30 hours per week, accountable to a more senior manager or business owner.
  • Manage teams and / or projects, achieving operational or departmental goals and objectives as part of the delivery of the organisations strategy.
  • Gain a CMI L5 recognised qualification and corresponding membership of the Chartered Managers Institute.
  • Complete Functional Skills in English and Maths or there is the option to study for Maths and English GCSE (depending on previous qualifications)*.
  • Complete work-related tasks and assessments.
  • Be taught through interactive and applied techniques such as lectures, workshops, online learning and tutorials with business experts, in addition to the work-based learning taking place with your employer.
  • Receive mentoring visits in your workplace from your Writtle University College Training Officer, who will provide support, assess and review your progress.
  • Be assessed and graded with either a pass, merit or distinction at the end of your programme by an Independent Assessment Organisation.

Good to know....

  • The course comes at no cost to you as the learner, as your employer will be involved with financing the qualification.
  • This programme has a CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership embedded into the course structure, attending WUC for monthly day release, meaning you will gain an additional qualification during your studies and have automatic student membership of the Chartered Management Institute.
  • The programme is available to all types of employers. If you work in the land based sectors there is an additional opportunity to access customised tutorial support from subject experts.

What are the progression options?

After completing the L5 Higher Apprenticeship, our Apprentices have the option to continue study by progressing onto Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship or alternative Higher Education, or the Apprentice can progress in to full time employment within the industry into roles such as:
  • Operational Manager
  • Regional Manager
  • Divisional Manager
  • Department Manager

How do I apply?

An apprentice needs to be in paid employment, so whilst you can apply for the Apprenticeship before you find an employer, you'll need to be employed before you can start the course. Many of our Apprentices already worked or volunteered for the companies who then decide to support them through their Apprenticeship. We are always happy to provide your employers with the information they need regarding potentially employing an Apprentice and can offer advice, however small or large businesses may be.

I don't have an employer

If you are interested in becoming an Apprentice, but don't have an employer please visit our website for tips on how to find an employer and to see a list of our current Apprenticeship vacancies.

I have an employer

If you have secured or are already in relevant paid employment with an employer willing to support you through the apprenticeship please complete the application form.