Changes to Level 7 Apprenticeships: Implications for business schools

Executive Education Symposium, 10:00 - 12:30, 22 June, online

Exec Ed Symposium - Autumn 2020

The Spring Executive Education Symposium will examine how the recent changes to the Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA) standard are influencing apprenticeship provision in UK business schools; and the future direction of apprenticeship strategy. The symposium will be a great opportunity for delegates to discuss ideas and examples from their own schools, and to share challenges with senior executive education colleagues from across the UK.

By the end of the Symposium participants will have:

  • A deeper understanding of the specific elements of the changes to the SLMDA
  • A broader awareness of the changing provider community and what the new entrants mean for existing providers
  • Insights into the practical/on the ground changes that business school providers are likely to see
  • Information about approaches to top-ups (MBA, MA, MSc) – how to build them in; how to cost them; and how to assess them

Speakers include:

Rosalind Penny
Director of HR & Organisation Development, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System

Ann Norton
Assistant Dean (Business and Enterprise), College of Business, Technology and Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Deborah Lock
Director, Birmingham City University Business School; Chair, Chartered ABS Executive Education Committee

Dr Anthony Sturgess
Director, Corporate Development, Liverpool Business School

Programme

10:00 Welcome and Chair's opening remarks

Professor Deborah Lock, Director, Birmingham City University Business School; Chair, Chartered ABS Executive Education Committee

10:10 What is changing and what does it mean for business schools?

In this session we will hear from different parts of the apprenticeship community who will share thoughts about the implications of the recent changes.

11:10 Break

11:20 Breakout sessions

In the second part of the Symposium participants will have the opportunity to join 2-3 breakout sessions that address specific questions associated with the changes to Level 7 apprenticeships, including:

  • Who are the new entrants to the market and what does it mean for existing providers?
  • What are the practical/on the ground changes we’re likely to see to our provision?
  • Approaches to top-ups (MBA, MA, MSc) – how to build them in; how to cost them; and how to assess them
  • Is Level 7 as rigorous as it should be, specifically around the Endpoint Assessment process

12:10 Feedback session

In this short session we will reflect on the key takeaways from the breakout group discussions.

12:20 Concluding remarks

Led by the Chair

12:30 Close

Confirmed speakers include:

Ann Norton
Head of the Department of Management, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University

Ann is currently Assistant Dean (Business and Enterprise) for the College of Business, Technology and Engineering. She provides strategic leadership on student and graduate enterprise and employability, external engagement and the apprenticeship portfolio, supporting the University’s ambition to be the world's leading applied university.

Ann’s subject expertise and research interest is in the contribution and relationship of HR strategy with business strategy and the impact on organisational performance, with a focus on SMEs.   She has co-authored a number of text books on Organisations and Management and has published on Good Practice HRM.  Her teaching areas include Strategic Management, Organisational Change and Strategic HRM which she delivers on postgraduate, undergraduate and professional programmes.

Ann has established relationship with various external partners. She is actively involved in working with Professional Bodies, including CIMA where she is a subject expert and previously has been a chief examiner.  Ann works with the Institute of Banking and Finance and has advised on curriculum design.  She has been an External Examiner with a number of UK HEIs and was  a member of an International Panel assessing the academic standing of Universities in Saudi Arabia, and been a panel member for International accreditation events.
Ann maintains her connections with industry undertaking consultancy work, specialising in the design and implementation of HR strategy, policies and practices both for blue chip companies and SMEs.

Professor Deborah Lock
Director, Birmingham City University Business School

Professor Deborah Lock commenced her role at Birmingham City University as the Director of Birmingham City Business School in February 2021. She is an experienced academic leader with more than 20 years of strategic level experience in higher education, where she has led numerous change management programmes including the re-development of undergraduate and postgraduate academic portfolios, rebranding of a Business School prior to its relaunch, the realignment of a centralised business development function, and the creation of a distributed work-based learning infrastructure.

In her role of Professor of Inclusivity and Innovation in Teaching at Lincoln International Business School, she was responsible for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, internationalisation of the curriculum and teaching practices, online and flexible employer-led provision, and student employability. More recently, Professor Lock has been working with senior management on the Lincoln Online Campus and the development of bite-sized chunks of accredited learning.

Since 2018, Professor Lock has been a Visiting Professor at HeilongJiang International University, China, where she has delivered workshops and masterclasses on embedding employability skills within the curriculum, as well as working with Chinese academics on pre-transition support for students who are considering studying in the UK.

Dr Anthony Sturgess
Director, Corporate Development, Liverpool Business School

Rosalind Penny
Director of HR & Organisation Development, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System

The event pricings are as follows:

Members: £30
Non-members: £40

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