Two senior managers from a Black Country business are leading the way after starting a new Degree Apprenticeship at the University of Wolverhampton.
Nant Ltd, in Bilston, provides water safety solutions to the owners and occupiers of premises all across the UK.
Two of the company’s employees, Richard Deakin and Carl Baker, are among the first cohort of students on the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA).
The two-year course launched in September and is designed for senior managers with responsibility for the strategic leadership and direction of their organisation or department.
Richard Deakin, General Manager, has 13 years management experience, 10 of which have been at Nant Ltd. He said: “Much of my knowledge and experience has been self-taught. I have had opportunities for training but not with management skills. The Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship allows me to develop my personal skills and knowledge while also developing the business which is expanding rapidly.
“The Apprenticeship route was particularly appealing to me because it allowed me to develop my personal skills and knowledge and dovetail my academic training with running and improving the business. It also allows me to meet like-minded people within my study group and share knowledge and experience.”
Carl Baker, Senior Operations Manager at Nant Ltd, added: “I decided to do the Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship to support my development within a senior management role. It was appealing to me because it goes alongside my day-to-day working life and I can the training while on the job.”
The Degree Apprenticeship is aimed at those working in the private, public and third sectors and for companies of any size.
Mark Price, Director of Apprenticeships (Business) at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are delighted to have Carl and Richard from Nant Ltd on board for our Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship. It offers a great opportunity for senior managers and those aspiring to the role to gain valuable new skills, get up to date with current and developing business practices, and network with colleagues in the same situation.”
As well as the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, the University offers Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in Chartered Management (CMDA), Higher Apprenticeship in Construction Management with pathways for Civil Engineering & Built Environment, Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Legal Executive, Manufacturing Engineer, Design & Development Engineer, Civil Engineering, Nursing Associate, Nursing Degree Apprenticeship, Postgraduate Teaching, Digital and Technology Solutions Professional and Healthcare Science Practitioner (Respiratory & Sleep Physiology or Cardiac Physiology) Degree Apprenticeships.
Future Higher/Degree Apprenticeships will include Policing, Social Work, Building Control, Laboratory Science and Paramedic Degree Apprenticeships.
There are over 450 apprentices are already studying for Higher and Degree level qualifications at the University, which works with approximately 150 employers.
For more information about Degree Apprenticeships, visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/apprenticeshiphub or call: 01902 321000.
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Date Issued: Thursday, 07 March 2019