The heads of top British organization colleges have vowed to thwart authorities plans to axe the MBA apprenticeship by splitting the study into two, with the majority still being covered by the teaching programme.
Apprenticeships for senior executives have mushroomed next authorities reforms to abilities funding that forced companies with once-a-year payrolls higher than £3m to set aside an equal to .five for every cent of this sum for paying on office teaching schemes.
Unhappiness that levy funds were being put in in this way, on programmes costing up to £18,000, prompted instruction secretary Gavin Williamson to find a review into the MBA apprenticeship with an eye to removing it from the levy program.
The Section for Education has not but formally scrapped the MBA apprenticeship. But in the newest listing of apprenticeship criteria issued by the administering company, the requirement to obtain an MBA or other masters diploma to comprehensive a senior leader qualification has been lower.
Nonetheless, David Oglethorpe, dean of Cranfield university’s university of administration, informed the Economical Times that his establishment would go on to supply an MBA regardless of what the outcome of the review.
Below Mr Oglethorpe’s proposal, students would comprehensive a senior leader apprenticeship and then undertake an additional piece of coursework and spend an further cost to obtain an MBA. Some students may well have to spend this charge, which could be up to £9,000, themselves but it would still only be a portion of the full cost.
“I have been fighting tooth and nail to say leave it as it is, but this indicates we could still supply the qualification,” Mr Oglethorpe stated.
“The responses we get from companies is that it allows them catch the attention of and retain critical team. A fifth of our consumption occur from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and 15 for every cent experienced in no way been to university just before starting up the programme.”
“The senior leader apprenticeship common has been mapped on to an MBA curriculum, creating it straightforward for us to supply an MBA for individuals that would like a person,” Mr Oglethorpe stated. “We would have to demarcate the two skills but that is reasonably simple to do.”
This way of funding an MBA has benefits, Mr Oglethorpe additional. “Whilst the qualification stays component of an apprenticeship common, you are not able to question staff members to contribute to the expense. If you could, it would imply they would have skin in the game.”
Other organization university heads stated they were considering comparable preparations if the authorities resolved to clear away the MBA from apprenticeships.
“The MBA is viewed as a sizeable thing on a CV so there will constantly be an incentive to supply a route to getting this through the apprenticeship,” John Board, dean of Henley Enterprise Faculty.
“The even bigger threat is that the authorities cuts the rate companies will have to spend for the apprenticeship, which would no extended make it practical for colleges like us to supply our course. You would then be remaining with companies who only spend lip company to the criteria desired for high-excellent administration teaching.”
The thought of presenting an MBA individually to the apprenticeship also acquired the backing of the Chartered Administration Institute, the accreditation body for administration instruction in the British isles.
“It would set a unusual precedent if the authorities stated that companies are not able to spend for their staff members to study for this qualification if that is what they want to do,” Daisy Hooper, the CMI’s head of policy and community affairs, stated.
“The apprenticeship levy has broadened obtain to the MBA. Limiting this will move it back again to starting to be an elitist qualification.”
The Section for Education stated: “The instruction secretary requested the Institute for Apprenticeships and Complex Education to review the senior leader apprenticeships common to ensure it is conference its aims and delivers value for income. The review is ongoing.”