The UK’s first Executive MBA (eMBA) students to graduate on the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship standard are celebrating excellent results from Cranfield University Image: Cranfield University

84% of Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship students gain distinction or merit 

The UK’s first Executive MBA (eMBA) students to graduate on the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship standard are celebrating excellent results from Cranfield University.

Those taking the eMBA, delivered in partnership with Grant Thornton UK LLP, achieved a 100% pass rate. Also, 84% of students on the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship gained a distinction or merit.

Professor David Oglethorpe, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Cranfield School of Management, said:

“The UK faces a skills gap at every level, affecting the productivity of the whole country. Investment in management and leadership skills has a major impact on productivity levels, and in particular is vital for creating workforces that are motivated, agile and productive.”

David Hare, Talent Solutions Director at Grant Thornton UK LLP, said:

“Funded by the Apprenticeship Levy, the eMBA is allowing people from a wide range of backgrounds to gain professional qualifications previously perceived as unavailable to them.

“The programme is helping leaders to develop the skills and knowledge critical for future productivity, growth and sustainable, long-term prosperity.”

Personal development and career progression

The eMBA has been named the eighth best in the world for career progression, and is supported by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). It combines a Master’s degree, apprenticeship and the option to achieve Chartered Manager or Chartered Fellow professional recognition.

eMBA student Ian Jones, Director of Sales Operations at Archant, a media company, said that the course directly impacted his career:

“From completing the apprenticeship I feel have become more well-rounded professionally – the biggest change is my self-confidence, and in my ability to move between different technical disciplines such as finance, strategy, change management and business law.

“Since starting my studies in September 2017, my role has become broader and I’ve taken on a larger set of responsibilities that I feel more capable of taking on because of my time at Cranfield. I don’t think I would be as well equipped to succeed in my current role without my apprenticeship.”

Cranfield University also established the UK’s first master’s-level apprenticeship for senior banking with Metro Bank. The University said that many of the first cohort have achieved promotions at work. The University now has a suite of Level 7 Masterships® across many subjects.