Management Higher Apprenticeship success

New College Durham is celebrating the launch of an innovative new Higher Apprenticeship programme in Management, which helps people develop professional management careers.

The Level 5 industry-designed higher apprenticeship, developed in partnership with CMI (Chartered Management Institute), creates a new route for people to improve their management skills and boost their career.

The programme has already proved extremely popular with four groups starting last September and another two groups starting this month; around 100 students in total.  New College Durham has also worked with Durham County Council to tailor the higher apprenticeship programme to meet their specific needs. 

Nicola Bowman, Curriculum Manager at New College Durham, said: “Our higher apprenticeships involve a mix of academic and vocational theory.  This apprenticeship is mapped to the CMI Management Level 5 Diploma and students complete five modules, including a management project, which is work-related and is designed to solve a problem in the workplace.

“This focused and targeted framework brings together the very best of higher education and work-based learning and provides a fantastic opportunity for employers to develop their staff.  We have received lots of positive feedback from employers, and the programme is already showing development of the students in their work role.”

New College Durham is one of the largest CMI centres in the country and since May 2001 has registered over 2,000 students with the Chartered Management Institute. 

The college uses an innovative blended learning approach, with students attending college every other week and during their ‘off-week’ they can access videos and resources online, which have been created by the teaching team.

John Hutchinson CMI apprentice and Assistant Operations Manager at Durham University, said: “The webinars for the blended learning are excellent and have plenty of information to enable me to write my assignments from the comfort of my own home.

“I have found the course very informative and I have learnt lots of new strategies and styles of management that I wasn’t aware of.  The staff at New College Durham have been friendly and informative and very supportive throughout the programme.

“This qualification will open up my job prospects, once I am qualified, as most advertised posts at the next level ask for this qualification.”

Higher Apprenticeship are Level 4 or 5 work-based programmes, which take a minimum of 18 months to complete.  They meet the needs of employers and aim to raise the skill levels of workers, and give apprentices the skills and knowledge they need for a successful career.

The college is also planning to launch a management degree apprenticeship in September 2016 which will help boost the number of professional managers and increase business performance across the North East.

For more information contact the college throughout Apprenticeship Week (14-18 March 2016) on 0191 375 4040 /, or visit the Exploring Higher Education open event on 27 April 2016, 6-8pm to find out about full and part-time higher education programmes, higher apprenticeships and professional qualifications such as CMI.

Image shows Curriculum Manager Nicola Bowman with some of her CMI students

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