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Durham University

Organisation Development

Level 3 Team Leader / Supervisor Apprenticeship


This apprenticeship has been designed for individuals in a first line management role with operational / project responsibilities or responsibility for managing a team to deliver a clearly defined outcome. This programme will be delivered externally by Durham County Council's Adult Learning and Skills Service.


By the end of this programme participants will be able to:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills required by a team leader
  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualifications.


The programme covers a range of units including:

  • Operational Management
  • Project Management
  • Finance
  • Management of Self
  • Decision Making.


  • Participants will gain a knowledge of team leader skills
  • Achieve the Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship Standard Certificate and ILM Level 3 Diploma in First Line Management
  • Develop networks internally and externally.


Tutor led workshops involving individual and group participation.

Who is the course suitable for?

Those staff who are at the start of their career and who wish to take their first steps into professional management. It is also suitable for those who may already have developed practical experience but who wish to develop their theoretical understanding of management skills.

Which of the 'Job Family Core Skills' are supported by this programme?

Which of the 'Realising Your Potential Approach' Behaviours are supported by this programme?


The programme will commence at the beginning of October and requires attendance of 1/2 day for the first 3 weeks, week 4 and 5 is self-directed learning (no attendance at college but assessor may come and visit you during this time), this 5 week pattern of attendance will then continue throughout the programme (estimated duration 18 months). You are required to achieve a minimum of 80% attendance on the programme.

Application Process

You should discuss with your line manager whether this programme is the best way to support your development needs. If you wish to apply for a place the Apprenticeship Levy application form should be completed which can be accessed here. Please note an approval process will be followed and completing the form does not guarantee you will receive a place on the programe.


The cost of this programme is funded by the Apprenticeship Levy.