News release

New masters level apprenticeships unveiled

  • Grant Thornton UK LLP announces launch of the next generation Executive MBA and Masters in Management

  • Employers can continue to use their apprenticeship levy to support funding for learners

  • Programmes designed to meet employer demand for full award masters and MBA level courses

Grant Thornton UK LLP, in partnership with Cranfield School of Management, has announced the launch of its new Executive MBA and Master’s in Management & Leadership programmes. Both courses will have cohorts starting in September 2021, both aligned to the new Level 7 Senior Leader Standard. Applications are open now.

Recognising the transformational role leadership can play for organisations, the Executive MBA has been delivered for over 50 years by Cranfield and was the top-ranked MBA in the FT UK Business School Rankings 2020. 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 world-leading management education. 

Delivered over 28-months, the Executive MBA pathway offers 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 for eligible organisations or learners.

The MSc in Management and Leadership, designed for high-potential leaders and managers, 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.

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

Professor David Oglethorpe, Dean of Cranfield School of Management, said:

“We have listened to our close business partnerships and have worked hard to meet the new requirements of the Senior Leader Apprenticeship Standard. We are regularly told from our learners and employers of the importance of their Cranfield MBA and MSc as currency for their careers and for their organisations. I’m delighted that we have been able to design programmes that meet IFATE’s requirements and continue to offer high quality management and leadership training to businesses and their employees.

“If we are to build back better and get to grips with the UK’s productivity issues, then we are going to need highly skilled managers and leaders to drive the recovery forward. Apprenticeship programmes such as Cranfield’s are vital for UK jobs, UK growth and UK productivity and are an important part of rebuilding the economy.”

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