ILM Senior Leader Level 7

Duration: 24 Months

Delivery: Online, Face to Face or Both

Start Dates: Monthly


Senior Leaders are a key component of all types of business models where there is a workforce to lead, manage and support. The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide clear, inclusive and strategic leadership and direction relating to their area of responsibility within an organisation. 

Typically, this involves setting, managing and monitoring the achievement of core objectives that are aligned to the overall strategic objectives of their organisation’s board (or equivalent).

Typically, an employee in this occupation will be responsible for:

  • Setting direction, vision, governance and providing a clear sense of purpose for their
    area of responsibility.
  • Providing clear and inclusive leadership.
  • Identifying longer-term opportunities and risks using data from internal intelligence sources and external influences.
  • Developing ethical, innovative and supportive cultures that get the best from people
    and enable the delivery of results.
  • Resources that may include budgets, people, assets and facilities.
  • Staying up to date with innovation and championing its adoption.
  • Keeping pace with – and responding to change – by leading agile transformation.
  • Leading and promoting sustainable business practices.
  • Responding and managing crisis situations.

Details of the programme

This Senior Leader Level 7 apprenticeship usually takes 24 months to complete during which you will participate in training, development and on-going review activities. This apprenticeship covers the professional behaviours, knowledge and skills that are required of a Senior Leader.

How our Senior Leader Level 7 Programme Works:
Our Apprenticeship will be a hybrid of mini workshops to equip the learner with knowledge and high level executive coaching to sustain the training and ensure winning behaviours are embedded. Our completion coach will ensure they work with the learner to ensure that the senior leader stays on track and completes the programme in a timely manner. The behaviours we coach and support the Senior Leaders with include;

  • Working collaboratively enabling empowerment and delegation. 
  • Taking personal accountability aligned to clear values. 
  • Curious and innovative – exploring areas of ambiguity and complexity and finding creative solutions. 
  • Valuing difference and champion diversity. 
  • Continuous professional development opportunities for self and wider team.

We understand how important communication is for our clients therefore we offer regular reviews, the chance to tailor programmes to cohorts of learners, adjustments in our approach to fit learner and business needs and regular reports to show learner progress. Offering and delivering a return on value is pivotal to all that we do.

Sample of Mini Workshops:

  • Leadership and Influencing People: including building constructive working relationships across teams.
  • Translating vision into operational strategies, demonstrating clarity in thinking: How to shape organisational mission, culture and values. Including creating an inclusive culture, encouraging diversity and difference and promoting well-being. 
  • Organisation structures; business modelling; diversity; global and horizon scanning perspectives; governance and accountability; technological and policy implications. 
  • New market strategies, changing customer demands and trend analysis.

The End Point Assessment Process

Assessment Gateway

At the assessment gateway, your employer will make the decision that you are ready to undertake the end-point assessment. The employer must be content that the apprentice is working at or above the level of the occupational standard. Apprentices must have achieved:

  • English and Mathematics Level 2 (if not already attained)
  • Apprentices must submit a portfolio of evidence

The EPAO must sign off the strategic business proposal title and scope, at the gateway, to confirm its suitability prior to the work commencing.

End Point Assessment

Following successful completion of the Gateway, you will proceed to endpoint assessment (EPA).
The EPA is undertaken by an independent assessment organisation.
The End Point assessment components are:

  • Assessment method 1: Strategic business proposal, presentation with questioning
  • Assessment method 2: Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
  • Performance in these assessment methods will determine the overall apprenticeship standard grade of: · Fail · Pass · Distinction

All components of the endpoint assessment must be completed and an endpoint assessment grade will be determined by the endpoint assessor.

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