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Apprenticeship training course

Senior leader (level 7)

A leader who has senior management responsibility.

Qualification level
Equivalent to master’s degree.
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Business and administration
Maximum funding
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 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 such as those impacted by sustainability and the UK Net Carbon Zero by 2050 target.
  • 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 such as consideration of sustainable approaches.
  • 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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