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L7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship


This 21-month Senior Leader programme is perfect for senior leaders already in roles such as CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Heads of Departments.  Senior Leader is a key component for all business models where there’s a workforce to lead, manage and support. The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide clear, inclusive and strategic leadership and direction relating to their area of responsibility within an organisation.

Involves setting, managing and monitoring achievement of core objectives that are aligned to the overall strategic objectives of their organisation’s Board (or equivalent). A great way to upskill or for newly recruited senior leaders in any sector or industry.



Funding Band: £14,000 

If you are a levy paying employer, you can use your levy funds for this programme. If you are an SME and don’t pay into the government levy, then you can get funding of at least 95% for this programme.

Course Description

The Senior Leader Apprenticeship programme is a comprehensive and hands-on training experience designed to upskill individuals for a successful career as a senior leader and for new recruits in a senior post. A Senior Leader influence and sit at a higher organisational level, including sometimes at Board (or equivalent) level, and sets the culture and tone across their area of responsibility.

This occupation is found in small, medium and large organisations in the public, private or third sectors and sustainability as an area of the economy including health, science, finance, engineering, manufacturing, business and professional services, education, technology and construction. Accountable as a senior leader and generally reports to the business owner, 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 strategic plans, managing and leading on projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring.

The curriculum covers key areas such as:

  • Project Management
  • Setting strategy
  • Culture, values and vision
  • Corporate social responsibility.

Through a combination of classroom instruction, real-world projects, and ‘on the job’ mentorship, apprentices will gain practical experience in translating business objectives into actionable strategies in the workplace.

By the end of the programme, senior leaders will be well-prepared and able to drive strategy in improving cost and business efficiencies and bring further value to the organisation 

Duration / Delivery Model

17 – 20 Months

The Senior Leader L7 apprenticeship programme is delivered as a flexible blended approach whereby individuals join a cohort training programme, followed with continuous ‘on the job‘ training sessions and receive dedicated 1-2-1 coaching sessions on a monthly basis. 

Alternatively, to suit employers S&A Academy cater for large levy organisations and SMEs to design and create bespoke content and delivery with a collective group of individuals from the same organisation. This apprenticeship is  suited for employees up-skilling whilst doing their existing roles or newly recruited senior leaders.

Professional Recognition

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • Chartered Management Institute for Chartered Manager or Chartered Fellow individual member grade

End Point Assessment (EPA)

  • Professional discussion underpinned with a portfolio of evidence
  • Strategic business proposal report, presentation and Q&As