A first for Coventry University apprentices

A group at the institution have become the first ever to complete the new chartered manager degree apprenticeship

A group of Coventry University chartered manager degree apprentices have become the first ever to complete the new qualification.

The five apprentices were trained by the university in partnership with their employer GE Aviation, and have now all been offered permanent jobs within the company.

Developed in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the new degree apprenticeship helps employers develop first class leaders and gives apprentices the opportunity to gain professional and academic qualifications.

Apprentices on the scheme achieved a BA (Hons) management and leadership, awarded by Coventry University, as well as the CMI diploma in management and leadership.

They also received full chartered manager status with the designator letters ‘CMgr’ – the highest that can be achieved in the management profession.

The chartered manager degree apprenticeship (CMDA) course was delivered at the Cheltenham site of GE Aviation by Coventry University tutors, who are experienced management professionals, in partnership with CU Coventry.

“Through the apprenticeship I have learned the inter-personal skills, as well as technical knowledge, required to succeed.” 

The five apprentices worked full-time in a series of placements, with 20 per cent of their work time allocated to off-the job training.

The company also assigned a mentor to each apprentice.

The students all passed with flying colours: two with distinction, the highest classification, and three with merit, the second highest. 

Dan Taylor, 24, who achieved a distinction in his degree apprenticeship, said: “Through the apprenticeship I have learned the inter-personal skills, as well as technical knowledge, required to succeed.

“I’ve come out with four and a half years of experience with a global company, as well as an honours degree, a respected professional qualification and a broad range of soft skills – putting me in a far more employable position.

“I have been successful in securing a permanent position within the company where I will continue to work and learn every day.

“I want to continue to be challenged and to grow. I’m really excited about the next stage of my development.”