If a career in a leadership, supervisory or senior management role is what you want, read on to find out how to make this happen.
Having employees with good management skills is very important to all businesses and often employers will ask for specific professional qualifications when recruiting. So, how can you prepare for a career in senior management?
Many young people choose to study for A-levels or a Level 3 vocational qualification and then progress to a higher education qualification such as an HNC, HND, Foundation degree or Bachelor’s Degree.
This is not the only way to develop a career in management though and, as usual, it’s never quite as simple as that. For example, you might want to become an engineer but also prepare yourself for a management role within an engineering firm and for this you’ll need management as well as engineering skills.
Full time degree or apprenticeship?
One option is to complete a full time degree in your chosen subject and then to study for a professional management qualification. An alternative is to choose an apprenticeship where you can earn a salary, gain work experience, professional qualifications and, in the case of the Chartered Manager Apprenticeship, gain a degree.
We spoke with Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy, Chartered Management Institute who told us,
Management apprenticeships are an attractive option for people who want the best of both worlds. Not only do they equip apprentices with the skills employers want, they also enable them to gain professional qualifications that will be attractive for future employers.
The new Team Leader / Supervisor and Operations / Department Manager Apprenticeships have been developed by 40 employers. These programmes allow apprentices to develop a range of practical skills, offering progression opportunities and they also provide them with professional qualifications that are suitable for team leader and operations manager roles.
The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, which is suitable for ambitious school leavers, combines hands on workplace experience with a world class university degree and Chartered Manager status.”
To find out more about management apprenticeships visit www.managers.org.uk/management-apprenticeships/apprentices