Degree Apprenticeship Puts Management Skills on Course for Success

Walsall College has formed a new partnership with The University of Wolverhampton to launch a new Degree Apprenticeship.

In conjunction with local employers and Further Education colleges, the university has introduced a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.  The four-year course will cover all aspects of business, including management, marketing, human resources, finance and operations management as well as equipping apprentices with skills such as entrepreneurship, digital literacy, collaborative working and communication skills.

This new apprenticeship will be offered as a progression route for Level 2 and 3 apprentices looking to gain a university level qualification and professional status through the Chartered Management Institute.

The apprenticeship will be mainly work based and students’ learning will be supported with lectures, distance learning materials as well as in-house company mentors and training support.

James Norris, Assistant Principal for Commercial Development at Walsall College said: “This new degree level apprenticeship is the latest addition to our portfolio of university level qualifications and it provides an ideal stepping stone for our current Level 2 and 3 business apprentices looking to progress further.

“It will enable students to develop the higher level skills that will broaden their career prospects, however, it is also a viable programme for employers who want to upskill existing staff and support them in gaining a broader overview of their business.

“The course will increase students’ knowledge and skills across different disciplines of business, in preparation for management positions, which will in turn support business growth and innovation in our region.”

Walsall College is one of the biggest providers of apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds in the West Midlands, supporting over 500 employers and with success rates that have been significantly higher than the national average for the last three years.

If you would like to apply for this new apprenticeship or you are an employer and require further information, please contact Walsall College’s Business Training Solutions Team on 01922 651129 or email

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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