A UNIQUE route to equipping businesses with successful workplace leaders of the future has been created by the new management academy NILE.

The groundbreaking NILE academy has been set up to reshape leadership and management training, changing the face of the way commerce and industry meet their leadership challenges and fill their skills gaps.

 For employers, it means taking control of apprentices’ training to equip them with their own sector-specific skills so they are equipped with a full range of management competencies and techniques.

 For new and existing frontline and strategic managers, it’s a way of development the vital skills industry looks when filling top managerial roles, upping their value as a serious contender in the jobs market.

Along with commercial training and career development packages, NILE offers level 3 and 5 management apprenticeships. These apprenticeships not only include the new management standard but also offer six “added-value” courses and qualifications, including an ILM diploma and a choice of Prince2 or Lean6 Sigma project management courses. NILE also provides training in finance, entrepreneurship and office administration.

Courses are based on a blended learning model, making them highly flexible while ensuring students are fully supported throughout their qualification. 

Matthew Knowles, Head of Operations at NILE, explained: “The unique feature of NILE’s blended learning is that it offers employers leadership and management training that fits their business exactly, whether in commerce and industry or in the private or public sectors.

“What is unique is that the management training package itself can be totally tailored to meet employers’ business operations. As part of their training, their apprentices take nationally recognised qualifications, achieving the new apprenticeship standard and ILM diplomas in leadership and management. However, beyond that, they can choose to ‘bolt-on’ up to 400 qualifications that are sector-specific to them.

“It’s also a fact that many young people who have completed degree or college courses then have to undergo further study or training to meet industry or employer requirements. We recognise this and have built some of the most popular courses into our apprenticeships - it’s a way of giving them the head start they need to get on the leadership ladder.”

Matthew added: “Employers who are having to pay the Apprenticeship Levy are now taking more time to think about who delivers their training so they get best value for money when it comes to a high quality service.

“With excellent cost-effective training, via an apprenticeship or a commercial route, NILE provides the skills and knowledge needed by employers and people aiming for top level managerial jobs to reach their leadership goals.”

The NILE cost for levy-paying employers embarking on training for the Team Leader/Supervisor level 3 apprenticeship standard is £4,500, 10 per cent less than that of other training providers. The cost of the Level 5 Operations Manager Apprenticeship standard is £7,500, 17 per cent less than that of other providers.

The NILE management academy is part of Progress to Excellence Ltd, an Ofsted graded good national training provider.

 Damian Burdin, Chief Executive at Progress to Excellence Ltd, said: “Our new NILE academy has taken the new apprenticeship standards in management and combined them with highly sought-after and recognisable professional training and qualifications.

“Our model has been created with individuals and businesses in mind as embedded professional qualifications and training are what most employers expect their leaders and managers to have when applying for key positions.

 “Employers can get exactly what they need when it comes to training leaders of the future and to plug the skills gaps in their organisations.”

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