Senior Management

The Level 5 apprenticeship framework consists of both the 'Technical Certificate' to provide growth in knowledge and understanding and the NVQ to establish competency in aplying this knowledge.

This 'Technical Certificate' is designed for new and aspiring department heads, general managers, regional team leaders and other managers. Providing a thorough grounding in your role and responsibilities, and take the opportunity to consolidate and further develop the key skills you need at this level.

The ILM Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership is aimed at middle managers with responsibility for substantial programmes and resources. It develops skills in strategic planning, strategic change and business process design alongside core leadership and management abilities such as inspiring colleagues and delivering results. This qualification forms part of the ILM Level 5 Management Apprenticeship.

The required elements for support within the apprenticeship framework are:

Technical Certificate
Key Skills at Minimum Level 2

ILM Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership

 ILM Level 5 Diploma in Principles of Leadership and Management


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Up to 18  months

Employer benefits
  • Build sustainable management practice that works for the long term
  • Benchmark managers’ knowledge and abilities
  • Encourage staff to proactively manage their career progression for succession planning and to develop the talent pipeline
  • Close skills gaps – the broad range of optional units means you can customise this qualification to fit organisational development needs
  • Proactive middle managers comfortable with change
  • A broad selection of optional units to tailor the qualification to suit your organisations’ learning and development needs
  • Promote a culture of organisational learning and development.
Employee benefits
  • Enhance core management capabilities
  • Develop knowledge in specialist areas, such as finance and marketing
  • Take responsibility for your own development as a leader
  • Prove you can make a measurable impact on your organisation through work-place based projects and assessment
  • Benchmark your managerial skills with a nationally recognised qualification
  • Learn how to manage strategic change
  • Develop skills in business processes that could improve your organisation’s effectiveness
  • Get a recognised qualification for your personal development.
What to expect

There are five mandatory units, covering the skills and knowledge you need to be effective at this level:

  • Thorough grounding in your role and responsibilities
  • Crucial soft skills – including communication, relationship-building
  • Develop your critical thinking abilities
  • Understand the financial concepts that inform management decisions
  • Use these concepts to make a financial case
  • Identify and analyse opportunities for improvement
  • Find and implement innovative solutions, lead through change
The support we provide

The delivery of the NVQ and Technical Certificate elements are combined via 1-2-1 sessions with the assessor. The assessor will support them with the “knowledge” elements, where learners will be required to look at various management and business models.
There will be occasions where the assessor will request to observe learners at their place of work and go through their portfolio, to evidence their competence and to meet the requirements of the standards within the qualification.

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