Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship CMI Level 3 (Online and Virtual Classroom)

Duration Age Group Study Cost Available Locations
Duration Age Group Study Cost Available Locations


The Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Staff learn on the job, applying new skills to their existing role.

The apprenticeship is suitable for those who are, or wish to become, team leaders and/or supervisors. This includes individuals who are at the start of their career that wish to become team leaders/ supervisors as well as those aspiring or existing managers who may already have developed practical experience but who wish to develop their theoretical understanding of management skills further.

Online and Virtual Classroom

This flexible course is delivered by South Essex Colleges Group in partnership with Mindful Education and combines online learning with regular term-time Virtual Classroom sessions with a college tutor. 

Please note: Virtual Classroom sessions take place regularly during term time.

Start dates are available throughout the year.

The duration of the apprenticeship will be 18 months


To apply for an Apprenticeship you will need to find employment in a related trade/industry before filling out our application form here

Apprenticeship Application Form

For more information contact our Workforce team

Call: 01702 221800



Entry Requirements

  • Employed in a trade/industry related to the apprenticeship.
    You will need to find employment in a related trade/industry before applying for the apprenticeship programme you wish to complete.
  • Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices though most will be expected to hold 5 GCSEs at grade 5 (C) or higher.
  • Prior experience may also be considered.
  • Apprentices should also have achieved qualifications in English and mathematics at a minimum of level 2 or equivalent. Where this is not the case, apprentices must complete these by the end of the Apprenticeship

Course Structure

The apprenticeship covers a wide range of business management skills and knowledge, including organisational performance, interpersonal skills and personal effectiveness.   

Example modules

  • Principles of Management and Leadership
  • Managing a Team to Achieve Results
  • Building Stakeholder Relationships Using Effective Communication
  • Contributing to the Delivery of a Project
  • Managing Daily Activities to Achieve Results
  • Managing Budgets and Resources
  • Managing Data and Information
  • Managing Own Personal and Professional Development

Assessment & Feedback

Study Method – Online and Virtual Classoom

We have partnered with Mindful Education  to deliver this apprenticeship through our Online and Virtual Classroom model. Apprentices study online materials during allotted time at work, and also attend regular virtual sessions with a college tutor.

Online lessons can be accessed at any time, using a mobile, tablet or desktop - meaning apprentices can fit their study around work commitments, minimising disruption in the workplace. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Exercises, interactive case studies and analytical tools help to enhance the learning experience further.

Virtual Classroom, apprentices benefit from regular virtual classes with an experienced college tutor. A combination of tutor-led work, group exercises and discussion encourages apprentices to apply theory to real-life workplace situations. This modern, flexible approach to apprenticeship training empowers learners, minimises disruption to employers, and delivers tangible results in the workplace.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the CMI Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Management and Leadership is via practical work-based assignments provided by the college. This ensures you minimise time away from work and that you undertake work study which is relevant to your own organisation’s context.

The end-point assessment for the Team Leader/ Supervisor Apprenticeship involves a review of the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence which is collated during their work/study time; an externally set knowledge test; and an interview/competency-based discussion relating to the apprentice’s Continual Professional Development Log. Apprentices must pass the end-point assessment to achieve the apprenticeship certificate.

Course Cost

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  • This course is free to apprentices, as the cost is paid by your employer
  • Large companies can fund the course using their apprenticeship levy
  • SMEs can access government funding to subsidise the cost by 95%


What Next...

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, there is an opportunity to study CMI courses at level 5 and higher.

Career opportunities

Learners who are aspiring to a management role may progress to roles such as Team Leader, Supervisor, Project Officer, Shift Manager or Foreperson.