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Grant Thornton unveils new masters level apprenticeships

Delivered over a period of two years, employers can use their apprenticeship levy to fund the Senior Leader Apprenticeship Standard first stage of the programme

Grant Thornton, in partnership with Cranfield School of Management, has announced the launch of its new Executive MBA and Master’s in management and leadership programmes. 

Both courses will have cohorts starting in September 2021, both aligned to the new Level 7 Senior Leader Standard. 

Delivered over 28-months, the Executive MBA pathway will offer a blend of face-to-face teaching and online learning. 

The total cost is £27,000, of which £14,000 can be contributed from the Apprenticeship Levy – a UK tax on employers which can be used to fund apprenticeship training – for eligible organisations or learners. 

Meanwhile, the MSc in Management and Leadership is designed for “high-potential” leaders and managers, and combines the Executive MBA approach and teaching from the full-time master’s programmes with industry insight from Grant Thornton’s “experts”. 

Delivered over a period of two years, employers can use their apprenticeship levy to fund the Senior Leader Apprenticeship Standard first stage of the programme. 

The second stage, taking the programme to fully award-bearing masters or MBA level, can be funded by a top-up from either the employer or employee.

Cranfield, in partnership with Grant Thornton, was the first business school in England to offer the Executive MBA via the Apprenticeship Levy and has now evolved the Senior Leader apprenticeship offer to access the same management education. 

Justin Rix, partner and head of people advisory at Grant Thornton UK LLP, said: “Since 2017, over 1,400 senior leaders have enrolled on the Cranfield and Grant Thornton programmes with over 500 dynamic organisations from the public, non-profit and private sectors represented, including 35 of the FTSE 350. 

“We are delighted to launch two new programmes with Cranfield, building on the success we have had to date. We have refreshed the programmes to ensure they reflect latest developments in leadership thinking and the new market environment.”

He added: “The blend of commercial and academic content will stretch even the brightest minds and help develop leaders fit to lead organisations into the future.”

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