Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship - CMI Level 3

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Apprenticeship overview

The Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Staff learn on-the-job, applying new skills to their existing role. Apprentices will study the CMI Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Management and Leadership. The apprenticeship is suitable for those who are, or wish to become, team leaders and/or supervisors. This includes individuals who are at the start of their career that wish to become team leaders/ supervisors as well as those aspiring or existing managers who may already have developed practical experience but who wish to develop their theoretical understanding of management skills further.

The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 18 months.

What will I learn?

The knowledge element of the apprenticeship will be delivered through the CMI Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Management and Leadership. The apprenticeship covers a wide range of business management skills and knowledge, including organisational performance, interpersonal skills and personal effectiveness.

Study method

Apprentices will study Mindful Education’s award-winning video lessons during allotted time at work, and also attend regular sessions with a college tutor.

Online lessons can be accessed at any time, using a mobile, tablet or desktop – meaning apprentices can fit their study around work commitments, minimising disruption in the workplace. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Exercises, interactive case studies and analytical tools help to enhance the learning experience further.

On campus, apprentices benefit from regular classes with an experienced college tutor, either in-person or virtually. A combination of tutor-led work, group exercises and discussion encourages apprentices to apply theory to real-life workplace situations. This modern, flexible approach to apprenticeship training empowers learners, minimises disruption to employers, and delivers tangible results in the workplace.

Example modules

  • Principles of management and leadership
  • Managing a team to achieve results
  • Building stakeholder relationships using effective communication
  • Contributing to the delivery of a project
  • Managing daily activities to achieve results
  • Managing budgets and resources
  • Managing data and information
  • Managing own personal and professional development

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the CMI Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Management and Leadership is via practical work-based assignments provided by the college. This ensures you minimise time away from work and that you undertake work study which is relevant to your own organisation’s context. The end-point assessment for the Team Leader/ Supervisor Apprenticeship involves a review of the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence which is collated during their work/study time; an externally set knowledge test; and an interview/competency-based discussion relating to the apprentice’s Continual Professional Development Log. Apprentices must pass the end-point assessment to achieve the apprenticeship certificate.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices though most will be expected to hold 5 GCSEs at grade 5 (C) or higher. Prior experience may also be considered. Apprentices should also have achieved qualifications in English and mathematics at a minimum of level 2 or equivalent. Where this is not the case, apprentices must complete these by the end of the Apprenticeship.


Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, there is an opportunity to study CMI courses at level 5 and higher.

Career opportunities

Learners who are aspiring to a management position may progress to roles such as Team Leader, Supervisor, Project Officer, Shift Manager or Foreperson

Additional information

This Apprenticeship will typically take 1½ years to complete but can take less depending on the prior experience of the individual and the specification of the employer. Workshop attendance is one day per month during term time, some sessions may be virtual (this may vary depending on your chosen study centre).

The Diploma in Principles of Management and Leadership qualification is not mandated as part of the apprenticeship.

This course is free to apprentices, as the cost is paid by your employer. Large companies can fund the course using their apprenticeship levy. SMEs can access government funding to subsidise the cost by 95%.

How to apply

If you are considering an apprenticeship, applications can be made via our partner colleges and training providers.

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