Knowledge

Operational Strategy

  • Understand how to develop and implement organisational strategy and plans, including approaches to resource and supply chain management, workforce development, sustainability, taking and managing risk, monitoring and evaluation, and quality assurance
  • Know how to manage change in the organisation

Project Management

  • Know how a project moves through planning, design, development, deployment and evaluation
  • Understand risk management models and reporting, risk benefit analysis and H&S implications

Business Finance

  • Understand financial strategies, including budgets, financial management and accounting, and how to provide financial reports
  • Understand approaches to procurement and contracting, and legal requirements
  • Understand commercial context in an organisational setting and how this changes over time

Sales and Marketing

  • Know how to create marketing and sales strategies
  • Know how to segment and target relevant markets and customers (global and local), analysis of opportunities and ways to market
  • Understand the need for innovation in product and service design

Digital business & new technologies

  • Understand approaches to innovation and digital technologies and their impact on organisations, and how their application can be used for organisational improvement and development
  • Understand innovation and digital technology’s impact on data and knowledge management for analysing business decision-making

Communication

  • Understand different forms of communication (written, verbal non-verbal, digital) and how to apply them. Know how to maintain personal presence and present to large groups
  • Awareness of interpersonal skills of effective listening, influencing techniques, negotiating and persuasion

Leading People

  • Understand different inclusive leadership styles and models, how to develop teams and support people using coaching and mentoring approaches
  • Understand organisational culture and diversity management

Managing People

  • Know how to recruit, manage and develop people, using inclusive talent management approaches
  • How to use HR systems and processes to ensure legal requirements, H&S, and well-being needs
  • Know how to set goals and manage performance

Developing Collaborative Relationships

  • Understand approaches to stakeholder, customer and supplier management, developing engagement, facilitating cross functional working and negotiation
  • Know how to shape common purpose, as well as approaches to conflict management and dispute resolution

Awareness of self and others

  • Know how to be self–aware and recognise different learning styles
  • Know how to use emotional and social intelligence, and active listening and open questioning to work effectively with others

Management of Self

  • Know how to manage time, set goals, prioritise activities and undertake forward planning in a business environment with a focus on outcomes

Decision Making

  • Know how to undertake research, data analysis, problem solving and decision-making techniques, and understand the values, ethics and governance of your organisation

Skills

Operational Strategy

  • Support the development of organisational strategies and plans. Develop and deliver operational plans; being able to set targets and KPIs, manage resources, and monitor and measure outcomes to establish operational effectiveness, efficiencies and excellence
  • Produce reports that clearly present information and data, using a range of interpretation and analytical processes
  • Gain wide support to deliver successful outcomes

Project Management

  • Plan, organise and manage resources in order to achieve organisational goals
  • Identify key outcomes, develop and implement plans and monitor progress, and provide reports as required
  • Proactively identify risk and create plans for their mitigation.
  • Able to initiate, lead and drive change within the organisation, identifying barriers/challenges and how to overcome them
  • Ability to use widely recognised project management tools

Business Finance

  • Managing budgets, controlling expenditure and production of financial reports

Sales and Marketing

  • Use of customer insight and analysis of data to determine and drive customer service outcomes and improve customer relationships
  • Creative approaches to developing solutions to meet customer need

Digital business & new technologies

  • Able to identify service/organisational improvements and opportunities for innovation and growth, using qualitative and quantitative analysis of information and data and benchmarking against others

Communication

  • Communicate clearly, effectively and regularly using oral, written and digital channels and platforms
  • Use active listening and open questioning to structure conversations and discussions, and able to challenge when appropriate
  • Manage and chair meetings and clearly present actions and outcomes
  • Ability to apply influencing and persuading skills, to the dynamics and politics of personal interactions

Leading People

  • Able to articulate organisational purpose and values
  • Support the creation of an inclusive, high performance work culture
  • Enable others to achieve by developing and supporting them through coaching and mentoring

Managing People

  • Able to build teams, empower and motivate others to improve performance or achieve outcomes
  • Able to delegate to others, provide clear guidance and monitor progress
  • Ability to set goals and accountabilities

Developing Collaborative Relationships

  • Able to build rapport and trust, develop networks and maintain relationships with people from a range of cultures, backgrounds and levels
  • Able to contribute within a team environment
  • Effectively influence and negotiate, being able to have challenging conversations and give constructive feedback
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external customers and suppliers

Awareness of self and others

  • Able to reflect on own performance, identifying and acting on learning and development needs
  • Ability to understand impact on others
  • Can manage stress and personal well-being, and confident in knowing core values and drivers

Management of Self

  • Able to create personal development plan, and use widely recognised tools and techniques to ensure the management of time and pressure effectively, and prioritisation and strategic alignment of activities

Decision Making

  • Use evidence-based tools and ethical approaches to undertake problem solving and critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation to support decision making

Behaviours

Takes responsibility

  • Drive to achieve in all aspects of work
  • Demonstrates resilience and determination when managing difficult situations
  • Seeks new opportunities underpinned by commercial acumen and sound judgement

Inclusive

  • Open, approachable, authentic, and able to build trust with others
  • Seeks the views of others and values diversity internally and externally

Agile

  • Flexible to the needs of the organisation
  • Is creative, innovative and enterprising when seeking solutions to business needs
  • Positive and adaptable, responding well to feedback and need for change
  • Open to new ways of working and new management theories

Professionalism

  • Sets an example, and is ethical, fair, consistent and impartial
  • Operates within organisational values and adheres to the requirements of relevant professional bodies

Successful apprentices will achieve a degree in management and business BA (Hons) and also have the option to be assessed for Chartered Manager status.

On-programme (typically 3 years)

Training to develop the occupation standard’s knowledge, skills and behaviours. 

End Point Assessment Gateway

The Gateway process will be used to confirm that the apprentice has met the pre-requisite requirements of the standard before they move to the End Point Assessment. The University will need to confirm that the degree has been completed, that the work-based project meets the final requirements of the degree, and that the degree can be awarded. Employers (in consultation with the Worcester University will decide when the apprentice is ready to be put forward for their end-point assessment.

End Point Assessment (typically 3 months following gateway)

Assessment method 1: Paper review of portfolio

Assessment Method 2: Paper review of work based project review

Assessment Method 3: 15 minute presentation on work based project

  • There is no cost to the apprentice.
  • If you are an employer with over 50 employees or, are employing an apprentice over the age of 19 (without a EHCP) you will be required to pay 5% contribution towards the cost of the apprenticeship Training.
  • If you are a levy paying company then you will pay for the training from your levy account.
  • Grants are available for eligible employers. For further information please visit the CITB website.