Grant Thornton and Activate extend apprenticeship collaboration to 2027

09 March 2022 2 min. read
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Grant Thornton UK has agreed to extend its contract with management training provider Activate Business School, delivering leadership and management apprenticeships. The deal will see the programme provided until 2027, helping employers to develop their employees’ skills to become successful managers and future leaders.

Speaking on the news, Justin Rix, Partner in Talent Solutions at Grant Thornton UK, said, “Research shows that the hardest jobs to fill are management roles. Our partnership with Activate Business School provides an opportunity for employers to offer their people first-class leadership and management training in line with the needs of their business, while also benefitting from the Apprenticeship Levy funding.”

According to Grant Thornton’s own research, UK employers are using apprenticeships more than they were in 2018, when the partnership with Activate Business School was first launched. Further, they are also planning to increase their uptake of apprenticeships in 2022 – as they try to meet the challenges of a tightening labour market head on.

Grant Thornton and Activate extend apprenticeship collaboration to 2027

Combining Activate Business School’s expert knowledge of skills development with Grant Thornton’s commercial knowledge and expertise, over 1,000 learners from across 70 different organisations have enrolled on the programmes since the launch in 2018. Grounded in practical application, the programme provides the skills, tools and techniques required for people to develop their capability as team leaders and operational managers. 

Fiona Stillwell, Managing Director of Activate Business School, remarked, “We have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Grant Thornton over the past several years, helping organisations to maximise their Apprenticeship Levy to train and upskill staff. What is great about the work we are doing, is that those entering our programme receive a high-quality experience that gives them a breadth of knowledge and practical leadership skills, helping to create an engaged and motivated workforce.”    

Participants gain cross-sector knowledge through access to regular events and can achieve Chartered Management Institute qualifications alongside their work-based studies. The programme is aligned to Level 3 and Level 5 management apprenticeship standards, and is designed to equip future and current team leaders with the necessary management skills to both progress their own career and lead effective, productive teams.