Good leaders and managers are needed in every type of organisation. A highly skilled and motivated workforce of leaders and managers is vital in order to sustain the development and productivity businesses and the UK economy.

If you are currently working in a supervisory role and you are interested in undertaking a work based qualification, you’ll want to explore your options. The government provides funding for apprenticeships, but if this route is not for you, rest assured you can still obtain a nationally recognised, industry approved qualification with VTS. In fact there are some benefits to studying a ‘stand-alone’ qualification. For example -

  • There is no minimum timeframe to get qualified. Although there are certain guidelines, if you put the work in, you can progress significantly faster than those studying a similar course via an apprenticeship
  • You do not have to be employed for a certain number of hours per week…… in fact you don’t have to be employed at all, you can be a volunteer. As long as your duties in the setting match the qualification you want to study, you can enrol.
  • Your employer does not have to financially contribute to your study and therefore you will not be tied to them after you are qualified.
  • There is no maths and English to worry about

You will have a structured learning programme and an individual learning plan. Your VTS tutor will meet with you regularly to guide you through your learning and you will build a portfolio of evidence which will include work you have completed, professional discussion records and observations by your tutor. You will achieve your qualification when your portfolio contains all the evidence required by the awarding body (City & Guilds).

There are qualifications at levels 2, 3 & 4 available for you:

Level 2 Diploma in Team Leading

Suitable for those who are new to supervisory roles and have a degree of authority over the management of people and resources.

Five mandatory units plus a wide choice of optional units

Duration: 9/12 months

Funding type available: Private Funding - £1500

 

Level 3 Diploma in Management

Suitable for people who are practising or aspiring first line managers, and a natural progression from the level 2.

Five mandatory units plus a wide choice of optional units

Duration: 12/15 months

Funding type available: Private Funding £ 2000 or 19+ advanced learner loan £2573

 

Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management

Suitable for those progressing from level 3, or people moving up from first line management role into middle management.

Four mandatory units plus a wide choice of optional units.

Duration 15/18 months

Funding type available: Private Funding £2500 or 19+ advanced learner loan £2573.00