The heads of primary British small business faculties have vowed to thwart government options to axe the MBA apprenticeship by splitting the review into two, with the majority even now remaining lined by the training programme.
Apprenticeships for senior executives have mushroomed following government reforms to abilities funding that forced businesses with once-a-year payrolls bigger than £3m to set aside an equivalent to .five for every cent of this sum for investing on place of work training schemes.
Unhappiness that levy resources were remaining spent in this way, on programmes costing up to £18,000, prompted training secretary Gavin Williamson to find a review into the MBA apprenticeship with an eye to eradicating it from the levy method.
The Office for Education has not however formally scrapped the MBA apprenticeship. But in the most current listing of apprenticeship specifications issued by the administering agency, the prerequisite to get an MBA or other masters diploma to full a senior leader qualification has been minimize.
However, David Oglethorpe, dean of Cranfield university’s faculty of administration, informed the Financial Occasions that his institution would keep on to present an MBA whatever the end result of the review.
Below Mr Oglethorpe’s proposal, students would full a senior leader apprenticeship and then undertake an extra piece of coursework and pay out an supplemental price to get an MBA. Some students could possibly have to pay out this demand, which could be up to £9,000, them selves but it would even now only be a portion of the overall price.
“I have been preventing tooth and nail to say leave it as it is, but this suggests we could even now present the qualification,” Mr Oglethorpe claimed.
“The feedback we get from businesses is that it can help them entice and keep key employees. A fifth of our consumption arrive from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and 15 for every cent experienced never ever been to college prior to setting up the programme.”
“The senior leader apprenticeship standard has been mapped on to an MBA curriculum, earning it simple for us to present an MBA for people that would like one,” Mr Oglethorpe claimed. “We would have to demarcate the two skills but that is fairly easy to do.”
This way of funding an MBA has positive aspects, Mr Oglethorpe extra. “Whilst the qualification stays component of an apprenticeship standard, you can not inquire personnel to lead to the price tag. If you could, it would imply they would have skin in the video game.”
Other small business faculty heads claimed they were thinking about equivalent preparations if the government determined to clear away the MBA from apprenticeships.
“The MBA is observed as a important matter on a CV so there will constantly be an incentive to present a route to getting this by way of the apprenticeship,” John Board, dean of Henley Enterprise University.
“The even larger hazard is that the government cuts the price tag businesses need to pay out for the apprenticeship, which would no for a longer period make it feasible for faculties like us to present our study course. You would then be remaining with providers who only pay out lip service to the specifications wanted for higher-quality administration training.”
The thought of giving an MBA independently to the apprenticeship also acquired the backing of the Chartered Administration Institute, the accreditation human body for administration training in the Uk.
“It would set a unusual precedent if the government claimed that businesses can not pay out for their personnel to review for this qualification if that is what they want to do,” Daisy Hooper, the CMI’s head of coverage and community affairs, claimed.
“The apprenticeship levy has broadened access to the MBA. Proscribing this will move it again to starting to be an elitist qualification.”
The Office for Education claimed: “The training secretary asked the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to review the senior leader apprenticeships standard to ensure it is meeting its aims and presents price for income. The review is ongoing.”