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BCoT has taken another step to becoming Basingstoke’s first University Centre. The College has partnered up with Southampton Solent University to offer the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) from May 2018.
The fast-track two-year degree programme is aimed at higher level professional managers looking to progress their career with graduate-level leadership, business and management know-how. As management apprentices on the CMDA programme they will develop the skills and expertise to take responsibility for people, projects, operations and services with the opportunity to earn Chartered Manager status, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Commenting on the degree apprenticeship which BCoT will be the first provider in Basingstoke to offer, Principal Anthony Bravo said: “This is a very exciting development in our partnership with Southampton Solent University who we already offer a number of higher education courses through. We know how busy professional managers can be so having the opportunity to study a university degree level programme here at BCoT is going to be much more convenient, cost effective and less time consuming. There are also huge benefits for local employers looking to invest in their workforce, strengthening the leadership and management skills of their people.”
Pro Vice-Chancellor Tere Daly from Southampton Solent University said: “Working in partnership with BCoT to deliver our CMDA fast-track programme provides local employers with the perfect opportunity to upskill managers at a location that is suitable for them.
“The world of business is ever-changing and fast paced, so the CMDA combines academic theory and professional practice, enhancing the skills of future leaders and managers. Delivered over nine weekends and supported by our e-Learning platform, candidates have the opportunity to not only complete a degree, but also earn chartered manager status, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.”
The CMDA is underpinned by Southampton Solent University’s BA (Hons) Business Management degree and also provides the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership. Candidates will therefore ideally have A Level or other relevant Level 3 qualifications and are expected to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and prior learning in the workplace. The programme is a mix of classroom based study at BCoT, flexibly designed to fit around work commitments. Students are expected to attend the equivalent of five weekends (Friday to Sunday) per year for the class based lessons.
Because the CMDA is an apprenticeship programme, employers who pay the levy will be able to use their levy funds to pay for the training and those who don’t pay the levy will be able to access government funding to pay 90% of the training costs. Anthony Bravo explains: “Employers keen to invest in their workforce, but worried that the CMDA will bear too much financial commitment, should be assured that the cost of the programme can be met through the business’ Apprenticeship Levy Fund or a 10% employer contribution with the remainder being funded directly from the government.”
For further information on the CMDA please contact Claire Morris in Aspiral Learning at BCoT on 01256 306237, 07827 360667 or email Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org. More details are also available at www.solent.ac.uk.