Management Apprenticeships

Management and leadership apprenticeships help to build interpersonal and business skills, for experienced and newly appointed managers and supervisors. The training allows individuals to gain a recognised qualification, as well as benefit their teams and the overall business operation.

Andi Sheppard-Eccles  | Coach

Damar offers the Level 5 Operations / Departmental Manager Apprenticeship Standard and the Level 3 Team Leader / Supervisor Apprenticeship Standard. In both cases these include Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) accredited management qualifications - the ILM Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership or the ILM Level 3 Diploma in First Line Management. We can deliver these qualifications anywhere in England, including London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester.

If you are an employer looking to offer a management apprenticeship for people in your team, please get in touch. Aspiring apprentices can view and apply for our apprenticeship vacancies.

These apprenticeships have been created for those working in a wide range of management positions, from supervisors of small teams through to departmental managers running significant operations and projects. Examples of jobs that team leading and management apprentices either do or are working towards include:

  • Senior administrator
  • Retail store supervisor
  • Hospital ward manager
  • Office manager
  • Regional retail store manager
  • Head of department

Damar's team leading and management apprentices work in a wide range of sectors including local government, education, law, accountancy, healthcare, financial services, hospitality, property, media, manufacturing and distribution.

Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship

This management apprenticeship, which includes the ILM Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, is designed for those in or moving into positions where they manage teams and/or projects and achieve operational or departmental goals and objectives. They are accountable to a more senior manager or business owner. Key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring.

Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship 

This apprenticeship, which includes the ILM Level 3 Diploma in First Line Management, is designed for those in or moving into a first line management role where they have operational/project responsibilities or responsibility for managing a team to deliver a clearly defined outcome.

Key responsibilities are likely to include supporting, managing and developing team members, managing projects, planning and monitoring workloads and resources, delivering operational plans, resolving problems, and building relationships internally and externally.

The Damar Difference

Our management apprentices can benefit from our unique training features, which maximise the benefits for our partner-employers:

  • Flexible training options that allow apprentices to balance their apprenticeship studies alongside their day to day role;
  • Expert input from subject specialist tutors who have relevant experience in management roles;
  • Regular interactions with their coach, expert tutors and other apprentices to create a manageable flow of activity;
  • Experience of delivering management apprenticeships in a range of sectors such as in the  retail, legal, medical and health, financial services, logistics, education, government and hospitality industries;
  • A learning environment which promotes empowerment and accountability so that apprentices can take ownership of their own learning goals and journey.

Management Training Delivery Model

Our management programmes are divided into distinct training blocks, designed to engage and inspire delegates. Each block has a clear objective and outcome, relevant content, demonstration and practice opportunity. Regular feedback is provided throughout the course.

We use a blended delivery model, which is flexible and can be delivered entirely in the workplace. Apprentices benefit from workshops and meetings with their coach and other subject specialists, as well as an extensive range of online resources in OneFile and our Damar OpenLearning platform, such as videos, quizzes, reading materials and group discussion forums.


People of all ages and educational backgrounds can become apprentices, but there are some restrictions, the most important of which are:

  • The employer and the training provider must ascertain that the apprenticeship will allow the individual to gain substantive new skills. The training therefore needs to be materially different from any prior qualification or previous apprenticeship;
  • The apprentice must be employed, usually for 30+ hours a week, and work more than 50% of their time in England;
  • The period of teaching and learning must be at least 12 months and, during this time, apprentices are expected to spend at least 20% of their time in “off the job” training.


Employers that pay the Apprenticeship Levy are able to pay all of the training costs from their Apprenticeship Levy account.

Employers that do not pay the levy, as well as large employers who have spent their levy budget, pay just 5% of the overall cost, with the government paying the balance. For employers with fewer than 50 employees the 5% contribution is waived for apprentices aged 16-18.

For a newly recruited apprentice, the current grants are up to £4,000.

There is never any cost to the apprentice, although apprentices’ salaries may reflect the investment being made by the employer.

Progression Routes

From the team leader apprenticeship standard, individuals could go on to a range of further qualifications such as the Operations.Departmental Manager apprenticeship or a Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership. For the manager apprenticeship standard, apprentices could undertake higher level courses such as a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership or a management degree.

The Benefits of Management Apprenticeships

Utiising management apprenticeships for recruiting new talent into the business or upskilling existing staff can bring many benefits to your business such as:

  • Achieving measurable improvements and results 
  • Developing effective and confident leaders with the ability to lead, motivate and inspire others
  • Empowering managers to drive through and manage change
  • Improving project management capability
  • Developing workplace problem-solving skills
  • Improving relationships and communication within teams
  • Increasing employee engagement

Management Case Studies

Management Apprentice, Becky"I wanted to develop my leadership skills so that I can be a better supervisor for my team and provide better assistance to my manager. My apprenticeship was very interesting. A lot of it was self-led learning using Damar's online resources, but I also had meetings and calls with my coach. I found my coach very friendly and helpful. She was very supportive and approachable.

Becky Mayhew, Team Leader Apprentice at CMS

"The apprenticeship has impacted me positively. I have learnt new skills that help guide me as a leader / manager in my department and I have gained experience in project management and operational management. It has helped me to develop as a leader and manager and understand different ways of working and solving problems that might arise in the workplace. It has helped me to ensure I keep on top of my time-keeping and delegation of jobs and I have gained confidence in leading difficult conversations."

Laura Hitchcock, Team Leader Apprentice at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

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