This apprenticeship is a combined knowledge and competency based qualification, ideal for new team leaders who want to develop themselves as leaders and managers. It provides apprentices with the opportunity to learn and implement the core skills needed in today’s dynamic business environment.
GCSE grades A-D in English and Maths or the equivalent are desirable.
You will be required to attend an interview before enrolling on this course.
In addition to good literacy and numeracy skills, you will need to be well motivated and self disciplined.
You must be willing to use and maintain an e-portfolio of evidence.
The units in this qualification focus on the essential skills learners need to develop as team leaders. There are five mandatory units, looking at the principles of team leading and management, workplace communication, understanding business and personal development.
Plus there is a wide selection of optional units to build management skills in a variety of areas such as customer service, health and safety and performance management.
The apprenticeship also includes:
Functional Skills at Level 1 in Mathematics, English and ICT (if applicable)
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (embedded within the qualification)
Employment Rights and Responsibilities (delivery method to be agreed with your assessor - it could be embedded within your main qualification or may be an additional unit.)
For the vocational element of your apprenticeship, you will be assessed on the job, using a range of methods including the production of evidence such as case histories, work products, questions, witness testimonies, professional discussion and observations. These will be uploaded into an electronic portfolio.
You may need to attend the College on a day release/block release basis in order to achieve your Functional Skills. This will be evidenced through the completion of end tests in each subject.
You could consider further study with an Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration or Management or continue advancing your career within supervisory and management roles.
Teenager Aaron Curd left school knowing that he wanted a career in business, possibly in property, where there was an opportunity to earn good money.
But he did not know the best way to go about it until he contacted Derby College and lined up his two year BTEC Level 3 in Business.
Aaron, 19, from Darley Abbey, said the course, which he completed with a distinction and double distinction star, "narrowed down what I wanted to do and set me up for my job."
As part of Derby College's Employer Academy he did work experience at Hannells Estate Agents. That directly led him to get a foot on the property career ladder. When a position came up, Aaron was taken on and he is now a sales negotiator and a valued member of the team.
Victoria Downing, area manager with Hannells Estate Agents, said the business identifies potential future employees via its Academy link with the College.
She added: "Derby College's business course is designed to prepare students for the workplace. We offer support and work experience during their course and we also help them with work/life skills."
Derby College's Employer Academy programme aims to boost students' employability skills and job prospects as well as giving employers the opportunity to shape the college curriculum.
It also reduces employers' costs for recruiting young people into job and apprenticeship roles after their College course.
The course opened up lots of different routes I could have taken, and lots of different topics, like human resources, marketing, law and setting up your own business. I did work experience at Hannells and they offered me a job at the end of August. My studies help with my work, particularly in marketing and customer services. I'm enjoying every day – it's a career. The course narrowed down what I wanted to do and set me up for my job.