Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has just reached a milestone in becoming the one and only Chamber in the country to be accredited as an end point assessment organisation for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.
With the demand for higher level apprenticeships growing among employers, there is now the opportunity for learners to achieve a degree level apprenticeship.
Part of this involves giving employers much more of a direct role in the final assessment of an apprentice. In essence, the learner completes the course at the college, training provider or university and then the assessment moves onto a totally separate and independent organisation – in this case Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.
The University of Suffolk approached John Dugmore, chief executive at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce to encourage the Chamber to become an end point assessment organisation, something that has never been achieved by any other Chamber in the UK.
Robert Turnbull, SFEDI programme leader at Suffolk Chamber, wrote, developed and created all the documentation and marking schemes for the application. On the basis of this he made a successful application to the skills funding agency.
Suffolk Chamber can now conduct the end point assessment for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, a degree level Apprenticeship, with the added professional accolade for the learner of achieving Chartered Management Institute Chartered Manger Status on completion.
This is a massive achievement for Suffolk Chamber of Commerce as Robert Turnbull expresses, “This widens further the enterprise support we can give which now includes the leaders of tomorrow.”
John Dugmore added “this achievement demonstrates Suffolk Chamber’s ongoing and hands-on commitment to improving the skills of our workforce here in the county and indeed across the country.”