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Raise Your Bar with the Apprenticeship Levy

We have always been committed to developing high performing organisations, teams and people and now there is an exciting opportunity for companies to use the recently introduced Apprentice Levy to develop their Leaders and Managers the proven ‘Raise The Bar way’, all funded by their Levy Account!


These new apprenticeships are programmes which help to develop existing and aspiring leaders and managers against the target standards for management agreed in consultation through the Trailblazer initiative by employers and Government, equipping the organization and individual for sustainable future high performance and success.


As an existing ILM Approved centre, Raise the Bar provides ILM Level 3, 5 Diploma and Level 6 Chartered Manager qualifications within the delivery of our apprenticeships and an employer’s levy account can be used to help fund them all!


Raise the Bar apprenticeships are different because we are in a privileged position to have access to over 700 of the very best innovators, educators, and thought-leaders. This means we can draw on their knowledge, expertise and insight to create apprenticeship programmes for you and your leaders and managers that are really like no other.

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Our Approach

The key to our success in delivering leadership and management development programmes is in how quickly we can develop a deep knowledge and understanding of your business. Whilst adhering to the apprenticeship standards and ILM qualification requirements we work in collaboration with you to create an apprenticeship programme that fully supports your organisational strategy, values, culture and opportunities. That’s our expertise – taking great care in getting to know your business and creating a contextualised programme that creates the leaders and managers of the future that your business really needs.

Clarify organisational strategy and objectives; profiling the target future leader/manager in your business; understand the overall culture and environment; identifying your opportunities for high performance and competitive advantage; agree contextualisation of programme objectives, learning outcomes, assessment criteria, and support requirements; and identify key sponsors, mentors and support required.

Agree final blended delivery methods to be used, the learning content and the launch and communications plan. Ensure that the programme meets Apprenticeship standards and ILM qualification requirements and enable apprentices (learners) to meet the final assessment criteria. All content and assessments are contextualised and positioned to ensure relevance for your organisation and ease of application for your people.

Raise the Bar thought leadership and expert facilitators supporting your people through blended delivery of a programme which embraces face to face, digital and self-directed learning. We ensure that all the requirements of the apprenticeship are met, and that your apprentices are prepared for their assessment, and can use their learning to improve their personal, team, and organisational performance.

Working with an independent End Point Assessment organisation (typically ILM) ensuring that your apprentices and fully prepared, supported, coached and guided for success in their end assessment activities. In collaboration with your organisation’s sponsors and stakeholders identifying the business impact and performance improvement from your apprenticeships.

The Programmes

We deliver 3 levels of apprenticeships within the leadership and management apprenticeship standards. (Hover boxes below)

Level 3

Level 3 Develops a range of essential management skills, refined in the real working environment to provide an understanding of management and leadership theory and the capability to motivate teams and influence with confidence.


Audience: Team Leader/Supervisor

Indicative Timespan: 12-18 months

Total Qualification Time (TQT): 370  Hours

Level Equivalent: A/AS level, Advanced Apprenticeship


Level 5

Level 5 Develops the ability to lead, motivate and inspire people to drive better results. Uses core management techniques to provide practical leadership and operational management skills raise your professional profile.


Audience: Operational/Departmental Managers

Indicative Timespan: 24-30 months

Total Qualification Time (TQT): 512  Hours

Level Equivalent: Foundation Degree


Level 6

Level 6 Develops professional recognition for those responsible for overseeing people, projects and operations to delivering long-term organisational success. Can sit alongside an equivalent degree programme.


Audience:  Senior/Middle Managers

Indicative Timespan: 36-48 months

Total Qualification Time (TQT):  TBC

Level Equivalent: Chartered Manager – Bachelors Degree, Degree Apprenticeship

How we deliver

  • A dedicated expert facilitator to coach and support through the programme
  • E-learning – through our interactive webinars and online resources
  • Micro-learning made possible through our own Raise The Bar app
  • Business relevant projects to facilitate transfer of learning
  • Collaborative apprentice support with Employer
  • Mentoring – mentoring and/or reverse mentoring programmes
How we deliver
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Indicative programme outline

The Level 3 Team leaders/Supervisory apprenticeship, including ILM Level 3 Diploma qualification, combines the following elements:

Team Apprenticeship


Leading and managing people

Building relationships




Operational management
Project management



Managing self and personal development
Problem-solving and decision-making

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    There are three things I value about working with Raise the Bar;  one, I’ve been able to trust them, two, they’ve been great listeners, they’ve listened to my needs and tailored solutions to deliver on the commitments I have made to my teams. Finally, they’ve been great partners, trusted partners all the way through my journey with Barclays over the past five years.

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    Raise the Bar are a really easy organisation to work with. They have got a vast number of different experts that they work with along with their varying specialities. They’re really flexible, they’re always keen to learn about our organisation and are really adaptable, spending a lot of time making sure they deliver the best possible outcomes.

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    We partner with Raise the Bar to deliver our Leadership Programmes. They are a breath of fresh air, delivering what sometimes be dry and academic in a refreshing and dynamic way. By mixing theory with practical examples they bring the subject to life, presenting messages wich are perceived as both inspiring and relevant to delegates.

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Our Learning App.
Supporting all of our programmes.

In our digital age we believe that delegates should have a more modern experience to support their development. The Raise the Bar App has been designed to support all of our solutions, providing your delegates with a cutting-edge digital experience.

Empower & engage your delegates using innovative technology to inspire great performance.

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