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Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship students at Pendragon launch Zero to Hero project

Nottingham Business School Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship students at Pendragon launch Zero to Hero project with Princes Trust

Nottingham Business School (NBS) launched its new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) course in April 2016. This new degree, part-funded by the Government aims to recruit both school leavers and aspiring/existing managers already in employment, who wish to develop their management skills whilst acquiring academic and professional qualifications. This higher level apprenticeship provides access to development opportunities for a wide range of individuals.

The school has taken on its first CMDA cohort with Pendragon PLC. Working across the organisation within the Evans Halshaw dealership network, the students have already engaged in a Business Enterprise project on behalf of the Princes Trust. A Dragon's Den style competitive pitch saw them secure seed funding to develop their ideas to raise over £8,000 for the Zero to Hero competition.

The competition runs over 8 months and offers employers the chance to put their employees to the test by planning a fundraising initiative as a team and to compete against other teams to see who can raise the most funds.
Pendragon aim to continue to recruit and employ school leavers for enrolment onto the CMDA course, Charlotte Potter, Talent Specialist from Pendragon commented;

"We've been working with NTU for some time as most of our Undergraduates come from there and we have been developing our partnership with them for the last two years."

"We were really interested in offering a programme that could develop a new talent pipeline of team members that could join us and alongside their degree study develop to become leaders within our business. We recruited apprentices to take part in the programme and have been really pleased with the calibre of our higher apprentices. They have been juggling busy jobs with the demands of university study and have been doing really well."

Course leader, Helen Sharp has added that "Successful companies need to grow, compete and innovate by investing in their current and future workforce. Having work-ready, graduate calibre employees making an immediate impact and contribution in their organisations, companies engaging with the Degree Apprenticeship scheme recognise they will have an advantage over their competitors."

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) is a Trailblazer Apprenticeship that combines work-based learning and business education leading to a degree and professional recognition through the award of Chartered Manager status (CMgr MCMI).

Trailblazer is the new management and leadership degree apprenticeship that can:

  • Develop a talent pool of new managers with the ability to deliver value for employers.
  • Offer applied management and leadership skills.
  • Provide professional recognition and Chartered Manager status.
  • Develop professionally competent Chartered Managers.
  • Deliver real progression opportunities through work-based learning.
  • Award successful apprentices with a BA (Hons) in Management and Leadership from Nottingham Trent University.

For the degree apprenticeship, every £1 the employer pays the Government will pay £2, up to a maximum contribution of £18,000 with additional incentives available as payment to the employer.

The next cohort is due to start in September, if you are an employer interested in finding out how the Degree Apprenticeship scheme could work for your organisation please contact us via email or call +44(0)115 848 8139 or visit our website.

Pendragon PLC is the UK's leading automotive retailer with 223 franchise sites selling new and used vehicles and conducting service and repair activity. Primarily operating in the UK under the brands of Stratstone, Evans Halshaw, and Chatfields, the group also has additional businesses including Pinewood for dealership management systems, Pendragon Vehicle Management for fleet and leasing and Quickco for wholesale vehicle parts as well as vehicle operation in California.

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship students at Pendragon launch Zero to Hero project

Published on 21 July 2016
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