20 months
+ 4 Months End Point Assessment.
Who's it for?
Senior Leaders
Senior Leaders Apprenticeship
120 credits that can be used toward Extension Pathways through Leadership Matters
Extension Pathways in MSc or MBA available
Senior Leadership Programme
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Building your leadership team of the future

The new and improved Senior Leadership Programme includes over 36 world-class leadership and management tools to develop learners’ professional practice and the leadership in their organisation.

Enhance your career through content delivered by experts from across the economy. Participants benefit from an extensive online resource library and best in class face-to-face delivery.

Inherently practical and delivered within your existing work commitments, the Senior Leadership Programme will equip you with the knowledge skills and confidence necessary to achieve as a Senior Leader.


Fully funded, leading edge professional learning for the modern economy
The most popular Leadership Apprenticeship in the UK
World class academic content from leadership experts and system leaders
Dedicated Senior Leadership Tutor
Deliver a Strategic Business Proposal
Module 1
Leading Strategy

Learners will create a strategic intent and vision for their organisation or function, analysing strategic opportunities and promoting innovation. Learners will also develop critical knowledge of environmental, social and governance factors, and will explore how to cultivate and maintain collaborative relationships with key stakeholders in strategy execution.

Module 2
Leading People

Participants will build a talent management vision and plan across their organisation supported by tools to manage every element of that talent journey for the organisation and the people within it. Exploring coaching, professional learning and succession planning, participants will be supported to develop an ethical, inclusive, innovative, and developmental culture.

Module 3
Leading Operations and Finance

In this module, learners explore competing priorities in budget, people, technology, governance, and regulation to achieve successful outcomes in executing project plans. Performance metrics and function accountability are designed to ensure outcomes are aligned to the needs of the organisation and deliver sustainable ESG and regulatory performance.

Module 4
Leading Transformation

Learners will explore approaches to design innovation. 
They will lead and influence agreed projects to deliver organisational strategy, such as change and agile transformation programmes, new product and service implementation, and customer experience improvement. Using design thinking tools, such as A3 thinking and VoC, participants will develop practical and customer-led project plans.

Extension Pathways
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Opportunities to extend your learning towards an MSc or MBA
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Fully funded through the apprenticeship levy

As an apprentice, you pay absolutely nothing to join the NCLM, there shouldn’t be a cost to developing yourself as a leader.

The programme is fully funded by your organisation's apprenticeship levy fund, and we can support your employer in accessing it to unlock unlimited leadership development for you and your colleagues.

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It’s not just about a qualification for our employees, but working cohesively to achieve our vision.

Alfie Green
Operations Director
Frequently asked
What support is available throughout the course to help me pass?

You will have access to your own Professional Learning Mentor and a dedicated Senior Leadership Tutor (if you are on the Senior Leadership Programme) throughout the programme. All Associates will also be provided with an online portfolio and Virtual Learning Environment. These will contain literature, videos and podcasts covering leadership and management theory.

I haven't done any formal learning for a long time, does that matter?

The average age of Associates on our programmes is 38 and so most haven't done any formal learning for a while. For this reason our Foundation Module is focussed on getting everyone back into a learning mindset.

Do I need to attend the training in person?

Each module will have face to face workshops that are delivered in various locations throughout England. However, there will also be a virtual option available for each module too in case you are unable attend each module in person. We want to be as flexible as possible for Associates to be able to take part in our courses so it can fit alongside your other commitments.

What qualifications do I need to take an apprenticeship?

This depends on the level of the apprenticeship you are interested in.

Associates for all programmes will need to show their GCSE certificates in English and Maths with a Grade C or will need to take an equivalency programme and exam.

For the NCLM’s Senior Leader Apprenticeship you will need a degree because this comes with a Masters.

We work hard to ensure everyone who can benefit from our programmes can join where possible so please get in touch so we can understand more about your qualifications and experience and how we can help you with your professional development.

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There is no commitment at this stage. Just the opportunity to learn more about this programme and to ensure you have a place if the programme reaches capacity.

*Fully Funded through the Apprenticeship Levy
Who is it for?
Senior Leaders
Senior Leaders Apprenticeship
120 credits that can be used toward Extension Pathways through Leadership Matters
Extension Pathways available to MSc in Strategic Leadership or MBA
Portfolio of evidence and Professional Discussion
Four Business Reports
Strategic Business Proposal
Proposal Presentation
Additional Info
20 Month Programme + 4 Months EPA
1 x First Day of Learning
4 x 2-day Professional Learning Days
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