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Level: 5

Location: Workplace

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

An Operations/Departmental Manager is someone who manages teams and/or projects. They also achieve operational or departmental goals and objectives as part of the delivery of their organisation's strategy.  Roles may include those of Operations Manager, Regional Manager, Divisional Manager and Department Manager as well as other specialist managers.

Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, their specific responsibilities and job titles will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same. 

Key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring. 

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this apprenticeship will be decided by each employer, but may typically be five GCSEs at grade 4 and above.

Course Content

  • Organisational Performance - delivering results
  • Interpersonal Excellence - managing people and developing relationships
  • Personal Effectiveness - managing self

How will I be assessed?

You will work with your assessor to ensure that you have all the knowledge and behaviours to complete the end-point assessment which will consist of:

  • A knowledge test using scenarios and questions = 30%
  • A structured competency-based interview = 20%
  • Assessment of a portfolio of evidence = 20%
  • Assessment of a work-based project followed by a presentation of the project with a question-and-answer session = 20%
  • Professional discussion = 10%

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to have all personal protective equipment (PPE) required to  undertake the role legally and safely.

What can I do after this course?

You could progress to a Level 6 programme.

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Jess Monk

Jess Monk

Employer shows trust in teenage business admin apprentice Jess

Derby College business administration apprentice Jess Monk is the envy of many of her friends.
At just 17, she has an interesting, well-paid job, working with friendly and supportive people who show trust in her abilities.
Jess is on the college’s Business Administration level 2 course and in September started an apprenticeship with engineering design consultants Jackson Purdue Lever on Pride Park.
Originally at Derby College to study Health and Social Care, she switched courses when she realised she’d prefer to work in a business environment.
Jess says she has already picked up lots of business knowledge on her course and is thinking about furthering this by progressing to level 3.
As an apprentice, Jess also likes that there are other young Derby College learners at Jackson Purdue Lever.Over the past five years the firm has established strong links with the college through its careers academy, providing work experience to several students.

I’d been working part-time as an admin assistant at Jackson Purdue Lever for about a year before being taken on as an apprentice, so I already knew everyone. I’m given quite a lot of responsibility at work, which makes me feel that my employer trusts me.


I’m responsible for ordering all the stationery, for instance. It’s important to get it right.


I also spend a lot of time writing up reports for the structural survey team and recording information on Excel spreadsheets as well as welcoming visitors to the firm.

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