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Apprenticeship training course

Senior leader (level 7)

A leader who has senior management responsibility.

Level
7
Equivalent to master’s degree
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Business and administration
Maximum funding
£14,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Associate Director
  • Business Unit Head
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Divisional Head
  • Executive Director
  • HE Registrar
  • Head of Department/Faculty
  • Warrant Officer
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Use horizon scanning and conceptualisation to deliver high performance strategies focusing on growth/sustainable outcomes.
  • Set strategic direction and gain support for it from key stakeholders.
  • Undertake research, and critically analyse and integrate complex information.
  • Lead change in their area of responsibility, create an environment for innovation and creativity, establishing the value of ideas and change initiatives and driving continuous improvement.
  • Lead and respond in a crisis situation using risk management techniques.
  • Act as a Sponsor/Ambassador, championing projects and transformation of services across organisational boundaries.
  • Challenge strategies and operations in terms of ethics, responsibility, sustainability, resource allocation and business continuity/risk management.
  • Apply principles relating to Corporate Social Responsibility, Governance and Regulatory compliance.
  • Drive a culture of resilience and support development of new enterprise and opportunities.
  • Oversee development and monitoring of financial strategies and setting of organisational budgets based on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and challenge financial assumptions underpinning strategies.
  • Uses financial data to allocate resources.
  • Oversee procurement, supply chain management and contracts.
  • Use personal presence and "storytelling" to articulate and translate vision into operational strategies, demonstrating clarity in thinking.
  • Create an inclusive culture, encouraging diversity and difference and promoting well-being.
  • Give and receive feedback at all levels, building confidence and developing trust, and enable people to take risks and challenge where appropriate.
  • Enable an open culture and high-performance working environment and set goals and accountabilities for teams and individuals in their area.
  • Lead and influence people, building constructive working relationships across teams, using matrix management where required.
  • Optimise skills of the workforce, balancing people and technical skills and encouraging continual development.
  • Manage relationships across multiple and diverse stakeholders.
  • Lead within their area of control/authority, influencing both upwards and outwards, negotiating and using advocacy skills to build reputation and effective collaboration.
  • Shape and manage the communications strategy for their area of responsibility.

Full information on Senior leader (level 7) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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