Management degree apprenticeships designed to help employers grow their own leadership talent have welcomed the 100th apprentice less than two years after launch in the business school at the University of Lincoln.
The Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship and Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship at Lincoln International Business School are enabling employers across a range of industries to develop their in-house management teams using the Apprenticeship Levy.
These work-based learning programmes are designed to be flexible and accessible for professionals to combine part-time study with their careers, comprising a balance of on and off-the-job training. On successful completion, apprentices can graduate with a degree level qualification, including the prestigious Masters of Business Administration in Leadership.
Sarah Chester-Buckley became the 100th apprentice at the Lincoln International Business School when she joined the latest group of managers on the SLMDA in May.
She joined her current employer United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston as a YTS Student Pharmacy Technician more than 25 years ago. She then went on to work in Pharmaceutical Research before returning to the NHS. Sarah re-joined United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 1996, working at Lincoln County Hospital, and three years ago she returned to Pilgrim Hospital to lead the Pharmacy team as the Operations Manager.
Sarah, who has never previously studied at university, said: “I can’t believe how amazing the university experience has been already. When I was at school we only had one BBC computer – when I walked into the state of the art library on campus I was just amazed. The technology on offer for our learning journey is just fantastic, and the building is stunning. There is a real vibe around campus – it just makes you want to learn!
“My line manager has previously studied the MBA and is hugely supportive of me – I’m really excited about leading projects at work with my newly acquired academic theory behind me. I know this will be a challenge, but with the support of my new class-mates I know I’ll get there. I already feel that I’m part of a strong team with the others and I can’t wait to get started on the course.”
Dr Craig Marsh, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Lincoln International Business School said: “Effective leadership and management is critical to the success of any organisation and those employers who invest in their in-house talent tend to reap the benefits later. This is one of the many reasons I am delighted that we have reached this milestone of our 100th management degree apprentice at Lincoln International Business School. This creates a true proof point of how employers across many industry sectors in Lincolnshire are embracing the opportunity to invest in the future of their workforce.
“A cornerstone of our degree apprenticeship programmes is that they have been co-created with employers. Their success so far is down not just to the quality of the programme design but also the way in which industry and individuals have seized the opportunity in responding to the new offering.”