Introducing our Public Management and Leadership Executive Apprenticeship

Louise Reardon and Stephen Jeffares

As its Apprenticeship week, we thought we would take the opportunity to post throughout the week, on different aspects of INLOGOV’s Degree Apprenticeship programme. Today a brief introduction. Our Executive Apprenticeship in Public Management and Leadership gives public sector employers the opportunity to use their Apprenticeship Levy to grow management and leadership expertise within their organisation. It also gives the employee the chance to learn and apply new skills that will help them to excel in their current role and up the career ladder, while at the same time also gaining a master’s degree.

The programme is underpinned by our sector leading research, with recent projects such as the 21st Century Public Servant, putting us at the forefront of understanding the public sector environment and shaping best practice. Moreover, our Apprenticeship is developed in partnership with the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE), ensuring that the Programme’s content meets the demands of public sector employers.

Given INLOGOV’s long history of delivering training to practitioners, we are acutely aware of the multiple demands that part-time learners face, balancing their learning with their busy job roles and personal lives, and the pressures employers face when staff have to be released for study days. That is why we have structured our Apprenticeship using a ‘blended’ format, with teaching delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face delivery.

Apprentices can study online at the time most convenient to them, with all the resources they need available through their laptop, tablet, or phone. This means that our apprentices do not have to spend significant amounts of time away from home or the workplace (only eight days on campus per academic year). The on-campus days give apprentices the chance to learn through task-based exercises, develop a close peer-network of fellow practitioners from across the UK, share best practice, network with guest speakers and the INLOGOV community, and take advantage of our campus amenities, including gym, swimming pool and libraries.

Want to learn more? Later this week, on Thursday 7 March at 12 noon, we are hosting a live webinar to outline the programme in more detail. Click here to sign up.

Dr Louise Reardon (l.h.reardon@bham.ac.uk) is a lecturer in Governance and Public Policy at INLOGOV. Stephen Jeffares (s.r.jeffares@bham.ac.uk) is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at INLOGOV. Both are co-Directors of the Public Management and Leadership Executive Apprenticeship and MSc.

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