When you successfully complete this apprenticeship you will gain:
Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Northumbria University
CMI Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership (there’s a fee payable to CMI for this)
Chartered Manager and Chartered Fellow status (CMgr)
Your employer will allocate 20% of your working week for off-the-job training. How training time fits into your schedule will be unique to you and will be organised between you, your employer and workplace mentor.
You’ll be taught in lots of different ways – in workshops led by our experts, 1-to-1 sessions with your Executive Coach and workplace mentor, and online, through videos, podcasts discussion forums and reading materials.
Our apprenticeship mixes academic learning with your day-to-day management and leadership practice, and assessments are 100% relevant to your work. You’ll be able to apply you advancing knowledge straight away – strengthening your skills.
You will take the following modules:
Accounting and finance
Understand how accounting and finance can be used for strategic advantage, in a successful commercial organisation. Discover more about financial health and growth. Learn how to choose and appraise investment decisions, and use finance and accounting techniques to strategically manage the direction of your organisation. Learn how corporate expansion can successfully and sustainably take place. Northumbria University’s research strength in responsible business is also reflected in this module – you’ll cover expert content on corporate social responsibility and ethical decision making.
Managing people and organisations
Managing people well is vital to achieve an organisation’s goals – but it’s hard to do well, and easy to do badly. You’ll explore key theories and approaches to organisational behaviour – helping you manage more effectively. Through experiential learning, you’ll evaluate your own approach to managing people, and develop your ability to analyse management problems and develop potential solutions.
Senior leaders must understand how to market to customers to thrive in a competitive (and swiftly evolving) environment. Regardless of sector, location or size, strategic marketing is at the heart of any successful organisation. It’s the driving force and the means by which objectives are delivered. You’ll gain the skills to steer your organisation’s marketing and sales operations successfully – to gain a competitive advantage in the market, and keep on delivering higher levels of performance.
Data analytics for business decision making
Decision making is complex. Examining large data sets for emerging trends, monitoring progress on projects or forecasting for decision making – the range and amount of data managers need to process is vast. We’ll equip you with practical skills to make management decisions. You’ll learn by doing – through experiential learning – in our IT workshops. You’ll analyse data using a variety of approaches – each best suited to a particular real-world scenario.
Global business environment
Governments, companies and organisations are interconnected – and their interactions shape different countries worldwide. There are a range of influences at play – economic, social, political, legal, and technological – which affect organisations and communities. This module provides a foundation to better understand the global business environment, its evolution – and its implications for organisations, economies and societies worldwide. You’ll explore and examine business activities, and understand how resources are managed and developed. And you’ll understand the resulting implication for different stakeholders – globally and locally.
Operations and supply chain management
The demand for supply chain management talent is rising. It gives organisations a competitive advantage. You’ll gain essential knowledge of operations and supply chain management. Latest research will be learned, discussed and applied in real business practice.
Critical management inquiry
Senior leaders need to have strong analytical skills, and a sound understanding of research. Why? The growth of evidence-based management. The increasing amount of data you’re expected to process on a regular basis. And the need for management decisions to be based on sound analysis. We’ll equip you with the skills to conquer all this.
Formulating and executing an effective strategy is key to all organisations. Increasingly all senior managers and leaders (not just top execs) are expected to understand strategic contexts, and think and act strategically. So we focus on the craft, the opportunities, and the challenges of developing strategy. We’ll help you answer the question: How do you best position and compete among significant uncertainty and ambiguity, to maximise value created and profits made, in a sustainable way?
Leader identity and leadership
Are leaders born, or can they be developed? What does it mean to be a responsible leader? This enlightening module helps you get to know yourself as a leader. You’ll analyse yourself and other leaders, and understand how you can progress and develop your leadership. You’ll consider your identity as a leader – your values, motives and goals. Our experts will take you through activities to help you understand what it means to be a responsible and effective leader. You’ll explore the relationship between leading and following, and demonstrate how leadership practice is influenced by diversity.
Is it possible to lead a good life as a business manager? You’ll reflect on this question by exploring the ethical issues you’ll encounter as a manager – both in the organisational and wider social contexts you work in. You’ll think about criteria that identifies a ‘responsible business’. And cover things like the possible tension between goals and moral standards, and the ways you could cope with challenges to ethical commitments. You’ll address them by looking at real-world scenarios, supported by online resources developed by Northumbria University – one of the world’s 50 leading universities in the field of business ethics.
Managing in the digital economy
Using current, topical, real-world scenarios, you’ll examine the far-reaching impact that technological change, new digital strategies and disruptive innovation is having on the world – from organisations and governments, to individuals and society. And you’ll learn how to contribute to developing new strategies, so you can reap the rewards from the global digital economy.
Innovation and entrepreneurs
You’ll become an entrepreneur and innovator. By understanding the processes and types of innovation behind corporate entrepreneurship. We focus on emerging entrepreneurship and innovation issues like business failure, management innovation, open innovation and scientific-based entrepreneurship. You’ll know how the theory applies in practice in different situations – so you can support innovation and entrepreneurship in your organisation.
You’ll learn how to complete a research-led investigation into a management issue, topic or problem. This module will cover: conducting research; identifying a researchable question; primary and secondary research; analysing findings; writing a plan and recommendations; writing a report; presenting; and reflecting on the learning process.
Academic and professional skills
Worried about jumping back into higher education? We’ll get you back into the swing if it. We’ll give you the skills to manage your postgraduate study, and to communicate your ideas within the academic community. This module isn’t just about being academic. We’ll also cover how these skills contribute to your professional development too. You’ll draw on your experience at work to reflect and evaluate your effectiveness in this area – and plan your own development and approaches to your future career. You’ll learn how to develop and evaluate your research, develop persuasive and effective arguments, and apply ethical considerations to your projects.