Cirrus welcomed HR, talent and learning leaders to a special roundtable breakfast event in London on 26th July to discuss how to engage managers and leaders with management apprenticeships.
The event was held in the stunning Vinoly room at the top of the Walkie Talkie, one of London’s tallest buildings.
Since the recent introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in the UK, employees at every organisational level can take advantage of government-subsidised learning. This includes leaders and managers, who can benefit from management apprenticeships.
Guests from a range of organisations including the AA, Audley, BA, BT, FirstPort, Inchcape, Macmillan, M&S, Reed Smith, Specsavers and THB joined us to discuss their management apprenticeships goals and share experiences.
Jenny Perkins, head of engagement at Cirrus, facilitated a discussion around engaging managers with management apprenticeships. Together we explored how managers across the organisation can be motivated to take part and benefit from these new opportunities for professionalised learning and development. Jenny and our guests then co-created a roadmap which highlighted the pivotal points on the journey towards successful management apprenticeships.
The discussion focused on four key areas:
Engaging senior leaders: How are you ensuring your senior leaders recognise the value of management apprenticeships can bring by aligning programme outcomes to business goals?
Engaging line managers: How are you positioning the required 20% development time with line managers to ensure that they get the best out of management apprenticeships in their teams and overcome barriers?
Professional HR support: How are you aligning management apprenticeships (and apprenticeship programmes in general) to your overall L&D strategy?
Engaging learners: How are you ensuring that everyone across your organisation sees apprenticeship programmes as aspirational opportunities to develop throughout their careers?
Our guests shared fascinating insights around their challenges and early success stories. There was widespread recognition of the value of management apprenticeships in offering structured, consistent learning opportunities, leading to widely-recognised qualifications. There was also a desire to ensure flexibility and choice in order to provide personalised learning experiences. All our guests were focused on linking management apprenticeships to wider strategic goals and ensuring buy-in from senior leaders. Line managers are also viewed as essential to engaging others with new learning opportunities, maintaining learners’ focus, and ensuring that learning is embedded in day-to-day working life.
This was a very lively and interesting debate and we were delighted to bring together leaders from different organisations who share many of the same challenges and goals.