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Cranfield University is launching a sustainability masters-level apprenticeship which, it said, will be among the first of its kind in the UK to be available via the Apprenticeship Levy.

The programme is being launched at a time of considerable growth in the sustainability sector, with increased opportunities at various management levels as companies increasingly recognise the importance of sustainability.

  • A recent report from executive search firm, Russell Reynolds, showed a ten-fold increase in the use of sustainability in the role or candidate description of senior board and executive roles
  • In June this year, the professional services firm PwC, announced it would be creating 100,000 jobs globally focused on environmental, social and corporate governance over the next five years
  • The UK is seen as a global leader in sustainability jobs. In 2020, LinkedIn reported a 12% growth in sustainability professionals, double the global average

The new apprenticeship programme is linked to the new Sustainable Business Specialist Apprenticeship Standard. Those that complete the programme will receive a Sustainability MSc.

The programme has been developed by leading academics from across Cranfield School of Management and Cranfield Environment and Agrifood, coupling the University’s business and technical outlook.

Dr Rosina Watson, senior lecturer in sustainability at Cranfield School of Management, said:

“The role of the sustainability professional is changing. No longer are we seeing one person as the sustainability professional in an organisation. We are seeing sustainability departments with board level leads and attempts to engrain sustainable business thinking into all employees.

“The growth in sustainability jobs has been phenomenal and it is only going to grow further as organisations adapt their business models to attract increasingly ethical and environmentally conscious consumers.

“This apprenticeship and accompanying Master’s degree will create the next generation of sustainability leaders ready to take on the most pressing challenges we face across the globe.”

For those interested in the programme, a webinar will be held on 7 September 2021. Register here.