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Firm Foundations

Academic journal article Manager

Firm Foundations

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Apprenticeships are at the centre of the government's programme of aiming to develop a skilled workforce, and righdy so, because apprenticeships work. They are an excellent solution for young people who face the dilemma of whether to continue their studies or start earning a salary, including those who would like to continue their education to university level but cannot pay the increasing fees, and those who are concerned about starting their lives with huge student loans.

That is why the IAM decided to increase our qualification portfolio to include apprenticeship packages, initially at Levels 3 and 4, and are now widening that offer to Levels 2 and 5. These qualifications are ideal for young people who are above 16 years of age and work full time. The packages contain two components: a competency-based qualification that develops skills needed in the workplace, and a technical certificate that contains the knowledge underpinning those skills.

On the level

At levels 2 and 3 the packages build a foundation for those who aim for a career in business and administration. They incorporate, respectively, the Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Principles of Business and Administration and the Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Business and Administration.

At Level 4 our students may choose between a smaller (40 credits) technical certificate in business and administration and a larger (120 credits) technical certificate in business and administrative management. The competency-based qualification is the same Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Business and Administration, irrespective of which technical certificate our students choose. …

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