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Welcome to the Apprenticeships facility at Marshall Gurney Institute

Our aim is to provide employers and apprenticeship training providers with a highly effective, totally professional, and low cost learning and development resource for the training of apprentices in the field of business and organizational management.

Marshall Gurney Institute is a web-based management college delivering management learning via its powerful, pedagogically professional, learning platform.  We are able to offer all the technological and economic benefits of web-based delivery of apprenticeship learning and development in the form of blended learning programmes.

Marshall Gurney Institute delivery is based on an 80/20 division between web and classroom learning activities and programmes are available in 'just web' format for integration and blending with a Provider's own tutorial staff or in 'complete' format i.e. complete with a tutorial team.

Details of the available programmes are given below along with the specified learning outcomes.

Information on the academic standards delivered by Marshall Gurney Institute are available here

About Apprenticeship Programmes

Team Leader / Supervisor +

Team Leader / Supervisor

Team Leader / Supervisor Level 3

The Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship is for someone who can take responsibility for managing a team or discrete project, within a defined area of responsibility. They can support, manage and develop team members, manage projects, plan and monitor workloads and resources. They can take responsibility for delivering operational plans, resolving problems, and building relationships.

It is applicable to first line managers and supervisors from all sectors - the private, public or third sector - and all sizes of organisation.  Typically it takes 12 months to complete, but this may vary depending on previous experience and knowledge of the individual.

This apprenticeship has been designed to provide access to development opportunities for as wide a range of individuals as possible. This includes individuals who are at the start of their career in leadership and management and who wish to take their first steps into professional management. It is also appropriate for those already in management roles who may already have developed practical experience but who wish to develop their theoretical understanding of management skills.

At the end of the apprenticeship programme each person undergoes an 'End Point Assessment' to assess the level of achievement.  The assessment approach is critical, robust, challenging and testing, and ensures that apprentices meet the skills, knowledge and behaviour outcomes as defined in the Standard.  To ensure that individuals are making progress towards this Standard, intermediate assessments and monitoring will take place regularly and each person is required to maintain a comprehensive Reflective Learning Journal recording their individual progress and experiences.

To review the programme specification click here.

To view the programme description, click here.

Operations / Departmental Manager +

Operations /Departmental Manager Level  5

An operations/departmental manager is someone who manages teams and/or projects, and the achievement of operational or departmental goals and objectives, as part of the delivery of an organisation's strategy. They are accountable to a more senior manager or business owner and may have team leaders/supervisors/junior managers accountable to them in turn.

Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, 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 operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring. Roles may include: Operations Manager, Regional Manager, Divisional Manager, Department Manager and specialist managers.  This apprenticeship programme is suitable for all these roles.

Typically it takes between 18 and 30 months to complete, with an average around 24 months, but this may vary depending on previous experience and knowledge of the individual.

This apprenticeship has been designed to provide access to development opportunities for as wide a range of individuals as possible. It is particularly appropriate for those already in operational management roles who may already have developed extensive practical experience but who wish to develop their theoretical understanding of management skills.  One aspect of this programme is the inclusion of work-based learning focused on real-time projects providing measurable pay-off for the organization.

At the end of the apprenticeship programme each person undergoes an 'End Point Assessment' to assess the level of achievement.  The assessment approach is critical, robust, challenging and testing, and ensures that apprentices meet the skills, knowledge and behaviour outcomes as defined in the Standard.  To ensure that individuals are making progress towards this Standard, intermediate assessments and monitoring will take place regularly and each person is required to maintain a comprehensive Reflective Learning Journal recording their individual progress and experiences.

To view the programme specification click here.

To view the programme description, click here.

Associate Project Manager +

Associate Project Manager Level 4

Projects can be defined and delivered within different contexts, across diverse industry sectors.  They can be large or small and may be stand-alone or apart of an integrated programme.  Whatever its size of scope, every project needs to be managed to ensure its success.

In executing the role successfully, an associate project manager has the expertise to know what needs to be achieved, how it will be achieved, how long it will take and how much it will cost.   He/she will work with a project team to achieve all the required outcomes on time.

Associate project managers need good planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication skills.  They also need to create motivated and integrated teams with clear reporting lines and defined responsibilities in order to utilize the project's resources effectively and efficiently to deliver the maximum return on investment.

Dependent upon the size of the organisation and the scope and complexity of projects, associate project managers’ job titles will vary, but typically they can include: assistant project manager, junior project manager, project team leader. Some organisations use ‘project manager’ as a generic job title.  This apprenticeship programme is suitable for all these roles.

Typically it takes between 18 and 30 months to complete, with an average around 24 months, but this may vary depending on the previous experience and knowledge of the individual.

This apprenticeship has been designed to provide access to development opportunities for as wide a range of individuals as possible. It is appropriate for those already in project management roles who may already have developed extensive practical experience but who wish to develop their theoretical understanding of management skills.  It is also appropriate for newly appointed project managers taking fully responsibility for the first time.  One aspect of this programme is the inclusion of work-based learning focused on real-time projects providing measurable pay-off for the organization.

At the end of the apprenticeship programme each person undergoes an 'End Point Assessment' to assess the level of achievement.  The assessment approach is critical, robust, challenging and testing, and ensures that apprentices meet the skills, knowledge and behaviour outcomes as defined in the Standard.  To ensure that individuals are making progress towards this Standard, intermediate assessments and monitoring will take place regularly and each person is required to maintain a comprehensive Reflective Learning Journal recording their individual progress and experiences.

To view the programme specification, click here.

To view the programme description, click here.

Business Sales Executive +

Business Sales Executive Level 4

This apprenticeship standard is currently in development and its contents are subject to change.

A Sales Executive is a sales person working in either the Business to Business or Business to Consumer markets with responsibility to sell a specific product line or service.  They plan their sales activities, lead the end-to-end sales interaction with the customer and manage their sales internally within their organisation.   They will be responsible for retaining and growing a number of existing customer accounts, and generating new business by contacting prospective customers, qualifying opportunities and bringing the sales process to a mutually acceptable close.   Typically, a Sales Executive will deal with a single point of contact for each sale, and will present a pre-considered value proposition.   The entire sales process may be completed during a single customer ‘conversation’, or over a series of interactions.

Sales Executives understand their organisation’s product(s) or service(s) in detail, and are experts at analyzing customer needs and creating solutions by selecting appropriate product(s) or service(s), linking their features and benefits to the customer’s requirements.   A Sales Executive will develop customer relationships by establishing rapport and building trust and confidence in their own and their organisation’s capabilities through demonstration of detailed product knowledge, competitor knowledge and an understanding of the market in which they operate, and by ensuring a positive customer experience.

Occupation/Profile

Sales Executives operate in organisations of all sizes across all sectors and markets, including Technology, Media, Pharmaceutical, Recruitment, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Utilities and the Automotive Sector.  Typical job roles and job titles include Sales Consultant, Sales Specialist, Sales Advisor, Sales Representative, Business Development Executive, and Field Sales Executive.

At the end of the apprenticeship programme each person undergoes an 'End Point Assessment' to assess the level of achievement.  The assessment approach is critical, robust, challenging and testing, and ensures that apprentices meet the skills, knowledge and behaviour outcomes as defined in the Standard.  To ensure that individuals are making progress towards this Standard, intermediate assessments and monitoring will take place regularly and each person is required to maintain a comprehensive Reflective Learning Journal recording their individual progress and experiences.

To view the programme specification, click here.

To view the programme description, click here.

Apprenticeship Programme Model +

Apprenticeship Programme Model

To deliver apprenticeship training, Marshall Gurney Institute uses a blended learning model which integrates three key learning methodologies:

  1. Tutor-led, classroom-based seminars - green on the model below
  2. Self-managed, web-based learning - blue on the model below
  3. Tutor-led, one-to-one coaching - yellow on the model below

The model below is based on a 12-month learning programme for a Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship.  For longer programmes e.g. the 24-month Associate Project Manager programme, additional semesters are added with further seminars, web-based learning and coaching sessions.  The rolling 3-month semester structure is deemed as important in order to provide students with visible toll-gates/milestones for their studies.

For a fuller description of this model, follow this link.

Blended Learning +

Blended Learning

Blended Learning has been demonstrated as having significant benefits for learners and their organizations.

"In studies contrasting blends of online and face-to-face instruction with conventional face-to-face classes, blended instruction has been found to be significantly more effective."
US Dept of Education, 2010

1. Flexibility

A blended learning approach provides ultimate flexibility in presenting content. Complex topics can be presented in the classroom, while other subject matter can be available online. An online component,  increases flexibility and convenience over how and when staff participate in learning.

2. Effectiveness

Garrison and Kanuka (and other academics) have studied blended learning. Their research concludes that “blended learning … has the proven potential to enhance both the effectiveness and efficiency of meaningful learning experiences.”

3. Efficiency

With a well-planned blended learning strategy, it is possible to efficiently and quickly deliver learning to a broad audience. And with easily accessible web storage of all learning content, the potential for re-use is huge.

4. Cost-effectiveness

Including more web-based options in learning programmes saves on travel and time diverted from work. When delivering via the web, staff and trainer/facilitator travel costs are eliminated. When the venue is a desktop/laptop/tablet/smartphone, there is clearly a saving over large rooms!

5. Personalization

Any learning that is not well implemented can create an isolating, impersonal experience. But a well-crafted blended solution can provide a seamless transition from classroom to computer or vice-versa. It is possible to design ways of continuing discussion themes and personalizing content to each individual's or team's specific job or interests.

6. Extended reach

Almost always, creating a blended learning strategy reduces classroom teaching time. By digitizing the expertise of talented instructors or subject-matter experts, it is possible to reach more people with high-quality content at a fraction of the cost. That frees up knowledgeable instructors to offer more classes, or create more training content, or work on other things.

7. Covers all learning styles

It’s always important to take learning styles into account when designing learning for adults. Effective blended learning is a “best of all worlds” solution that can help cater to all learning styles through a variety of mediums and techniques.

A more detailed article on our approach to Blended Learning is available here.

To discuss the use of our Institute as apart of your blended learning delivery, please contact the Institute Director at director@marshallgurneyinstitute.com or via the Contact Us facility.

Using Diagnostic Tools +

Using Diagnostic Tools

Please follow this link to the Diagnostic Centre

Approved Training Providers +

Approved Training Providers

Marshall Gurney Institute is a wholly web-based management college offering a full range of management learning programmes via a virtual campus.

The primary learning mode offered by the Institute is 'self-managed, self-development'.   But, in addition, and when required by the learner, by programme design or  by the learner's sponsoring organization, tutor-supported learning, blended learning and formal accreditation are all available.

The design, structures and learning methodologies of the Institute offer three fundamental and potentially powerful benefits for Apprenticeship Training Providers:-

  1. locating the Institute's virtual campus on the web provides for a massively reduced cost base which translate into a significantly lower fee structure than a conventional campus or a 'flying faculty' facility
  2. locating the Institute's virtual campus on the web means that it is accessible, on demand, from any and all internet access points throughout the world, on a 24/7 basis, which translates into significantly more flexibility in delivering the training programmes in accordance with the work/life balance requirements of an individual learner and a sponsoring organization
  3. by utilizing the fully automated diagnostic and formative assessment tools, plus the additional tools for personal development planning and creating a reflective learning journal, it is possible to automatically create and collate all the data required for building a comprehensive individual learning record

In addition to delivering its web-based learning, Marshall Gurney Institute maintains a panel of experienced tutors and assessors who are familiar with our resources and in delivering blended learning.  This means that the Institute is capable of delivering fully blended, complete apprenticeship training programmes in partnership with training providers and designed to meet the needs of both employer clients and the individual apprentices.

For further information on how Marshall Gurney Institute can meet all training provider requirements, and deliver a high return on investments, please follow this link or contact director@marshallgurneyinstitute.com

Contact Marshall Gurney Institute +

Contact Marshall Gurney Institute

If you would like to discuss any aspect Marshall Gurney Institute Apprenticeship Programmes, please click the button below to contact our Director.

Enrol Here +

Enrol Here

To enrol yourself or to enrol a group of employees, on one of our apprenticeship programmes, it is necessary to complete a formal registration process with an Approved Training Provider to ensure the relevant funding is put in place.

For guidance on how to complete this process, please contact your local Institute Business Development Manager, or write directly to director@mginstitute.com   outlining your requirements.