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Team Leader / Supervisor Apprenticeship: Everything you need to know

Updated: Jan 5

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Embarking on a career journey, but unsure what training programme to pursue?

This blog post covers everything you need to know about the Level 3 Team Leader or Supervisor apprenticeship that is delivered by GLP Training.


What is a Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship?

The programme will teach an individual how to manage teams and projects to meet a private, public or voluntary organisations goals.

A team leader or supervisor holds a primary managerial position, overseeing operational tasks and projects, or managing a team to achieve specific objectives. Their role involves offering guidance, instructions, and direction to guarantee the achievement of set goals. Whether employed in the private, public, or third sector, and regardless of the organisation's size, the required knowledge, skills, and behaviours remain the same, although specific duties may differ.

The programme typically takes 12-18 months to be completed. The Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours that will be learnt on this apprenticeship programme include:


  • Leading and Managing People

  • Operational Management

  • Project Management

  • Finance (including budgeting, value for money, governance and compliance)

  • Decision Making

  • Awareness and Management of Self




Who is it suitable for?

The Team Leader / Supervisor apprenticeship is suitable for current or aspiring team leaders. The typical candidates job role could be:

  • Supervisor

  • Team Leader

  • Project Officer

  • Shift Supervisor

  • Foreperson

  • Shift Manager


What could your day-to-day job look like?

Day-to-day activities are likely to include:

  • Supporting, Managing and Developing Team Members

  • Managing Projects

  • Planning and Monitoring Workloads and Resources

  • Delivering Operational Plans

  • Resolving Problems

  • Building Relationships Internally and Externally



Cost to Individual:

There are no financial costs to the individual, as the expense is covered by the employer. The individual will have to be in full-time employment, or secure a job that is offering this programme prior to enrolling.

Cost to Employer:

The overall cost of this programme is £4,500. Non-Levy paying employers will contribute only 5% of the total course cost, with the government covering the remaining 95%. For this specific programme, the maximum cost to the non-levy employer would be £225.

Levy paying organisations will utilise the total £4,500 from their levy pot. It's crucial to note that any unspent funds in the levy pot by the end of the year will be claimed by the government as a tax. Therefore, it is advisable for levy-paying employers to use these funds to up-skill their workforce.


Assessments Explained

The examination for this apprenticeship standard consists of 2 assessments, that are graded a Distinction, Pass or Fail. In order to complete the apprenticeship, apprentices will need to achieve either a Pass or Distinction.

Assessment method 1:

Presentation with Questions and Answers

  • An interview panel will ask you a series of course specific questions, and you will have to demonstrate what you have learnt over the course of your programme by answering as knowledgeably as possible.

Assessment method 2:

Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

  • Throughout your apprenticeship, you will gather evidence and information that forms your portfolio, and this will be used for your professional discussion. This discussion with your assessor allows you to showcase everything you have learned on the programme.


Progression Opportunities after Completion

Upon completion of this apprenticeship, individuals may want to register as an Associate Member with the Chartered Management Institute and/or Institute of Leadership and Management.

There are further studying opportunities after completing this apprenticeship programme, and these can include but are not limited to the Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship, Level 5 Operations or Departmental Manager apprenticeship and the Level 5 Improvement Specialist.

If the individual is looking to progress their career, they may be able to progress into several roles including Operations Manager, Regional Manager and Divisional Manager, when the relevant experience is achieved.


Expected Salary after Completion

The average salary for a Team Leader/Supervisor in the UK is £28,000 as of January 2024. Salary can range from £24,000-£45,000 dependent on experience and location.


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