Level 7 Senior Leadership Apprenticeship Programme
Would you like to transform the culture of your organisation?
Our Level 7 Senior Leadership Programme is practical and hands-on — designed for senior leaders who want to make a real cultural change in their workplace.
This is a Level 7 qualification and the equivalent of a postgraduate degree or MBA. But you do not need a degree to join the programme, and as an apprenticeship qualification, the focus is on implementing ideas and on-the-job learning rather than sitting in long, dull lectures.
Discover what could be possible when you create a happy workplace
The last two years have caused a huge shift in organisational priorities. The pandemic has triggered a re-examination of the meaning of work and the purpose of organisations. Whilst a focus on the bottom line remains critical, the emphasis on people and culture has been shown to be vital in creating more agile, innovative and resilient organisations. Research has shown that those organisations who have a people focused strategy are more productive, creative and profitable.
The course draws upon the principles of The Happy Manifesto. Written by our Chief Happiness Officer, Henry Stewart, this international bestseller formulates what we regard as a fundamental truth — staff perform best when they feel good about themselves.
This is not for the faint-hearted. You need to be brave, positive, open minded and committed to some hard work. This will be rewarded with real tangible results. By creating self-managed teams, you will unlock the strengths, ideas and potential of everyone and help drive the sustainable success of your organisation.
Is this programme for you?
The Level 7 programme is not about learning a few leadership tips. It is designed for those who want a cultural transformation of their workplace.
- You need to be at a senior level — a CEO, Director or Head of Department. This can be in the commercial world, the public sector, a social enterprise or a charity.
- You must be prepared to spend 20% of your work time on the programme, over two years, including putting it into practice.
- There are no qualifications required to attend this programme. While a Level 7 is the equivalent of a post-graduate qualification, we do not require a degree to attend it. However, England and Maths Level 2 (GCSE A*-C) are required elements for completion of the programme.
- You must be open minded and ready to apply the concepts you learn in your organisation.
Melanie Cohen, Director of Bluebird Care (Bournemouth & Poole), started the Level 7 Senior Leaders programme in April 2021.
Read her story in this blog.
Allen Castro on the Level 7 programme
Allen Castro at ATS is currently on the Level 7 programme, and in this clip he explains what he's learnt on the programme and what the benefits have been.
How much does it cost?
The Senior Leaders Programme is tied to the Level 7 Apprenticeship standard.
This programme costs £14,000. For people based in England, it is fully funded by the Apprenticeship Levy.
For those paying the Levy (organisations with payrolls over £3 million) those are the only costs, beyond the Levy.
For those not paying the Levy, it is 95% funded by the government, so the extra cost will be £700.
Note: You do not qualify for the funding if you have a prior Level 7 qualification in business or leadership (MA or MBA).
Membership for the Institute of Leadership also has a registration fee of £60 per person.