The Team leader/supervisor programme is aimed at first line managers, team leaders, and supervisors who are directly involved with day-to-day management and work allocation.

About the programme

We are currently planning for the fourth cohort, which will commence in October 2024. The programme is open to applications from all University first line managers.

The programme lasts for 15 months and represents a time commitment of 6 hours per week, which must take place in (paid) work time.

These 6 hours - called 'off the job' time - will be spent as follows:

  • One day per month in person, on campus, focusing on these core modules:
    • Awareness of self
    • Management of self
    • Decision-making
    • Leading people
    • Managing people
    • Building relationships
    • Communication
    • Operational management
    • Project management
    • Finance
  • Online learning between modules, to help consolidate the learning and prepare for the next module
  • Engaged in work at either team, faculty/directorate or university-level work. This work will be new to the learner and enable them to build their university profile, support important and strategic activities and compile evidence for their assessment portfolio
  • One session (around 2.5 hours) per month with their Action Learning Set
  • Learner reviews and tripartite meetings, with their POD tutor and manager

Learners must attend all components and sessions of the programme.

Upon successful completion of the programme, learners leave with a formal, nationally-recognised qualification, which provides evidence they have the knowledge, skills and behaviours to perform well as a people manager.


All learners will remain on their existing terms and conditions of employment because they are accessing this apprenticeship programme as part of their continuing professional development (CPD).


As funding for this programme comes via the Apprenticeship Levy, there is firm eligibility criteria that learners must satisfy. Learners must:

  • Already be a manager, team leader or supervisor
  • Already possess evidence of - or be willing to achieve (prior to starting the programme) - Maths and English at GCSE Level A - C/4-9 or Functional Skills Level 2 (Numeracy and Literacy) or NARIC equivalent
  • Work for at least 30 hours per week
  • Have a contract of employment that lasts at least as long as the length of the programme
  • Have the right to work and live in the UK
  • Not already possess a qualification in the same subject as the apprenticeship at the same or a higher level
  • Spent at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship

Full eligibility checks will take place at the formal application stage.

If you are unsure of whether you meet the criteria for this programme, please contact There is funding available for staff wishing to gain English and Maths qualifications and we can also advise on other options for development.

Expression of Interest Form

If you do meet the criteria and are interested in receiving more information about this programme, please submit an expression of interest using the form below. The deadline for the current round of expressions of interest is Friday 31 May 2024.

Complete the expression of interest form