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.
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:
- 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 increased grants are £3,000 for employers taking on 16 to 18 year olds; £2,000 for 19-24 year olds and £1,500 at 25+.
There is never any cost to the apprentice, although apprentices’ salaries may reflect the investment being made by the employer.
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 Apprentice - Becky Mayhew
"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.
"I have enjoyed learning new ways of doing my job more efficiently and effectively, such as new methods of organisation and learning about coaching.
"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.
"I found it challenging learning and studying alongside a full-time job, especially as I haven’t studied for several years, so achieving a distinction in my end point assessment was my biggest achievement and I was very proud of this result."