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Royal Mail partners with University of Warwick on staff apprenticeship

Royal Mail has partnered with the University of Warwick to offer a new training programme for staff.

The postage company has announced that 25 of its staff are enrolled in a three-year development programme with the university’s Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) which will allow them to gain an MSc in Leadership and Management.

The programme will be aligned to the Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, which aims to provide students with the skills to define strategy, lead innovation, understand finance and regulation and manage relationships with other organisations as well as manage and develop employees.

It will combine workplace learning with eight one-week study modules at WMG. It offers a mixture of core and elective modules, allowing participants to develop specialisations according to relevance.

It will draw in Royal Mail employees from a range of roles including technical services and logistics management, with the programme open to all levels of management.

Royal Mail directly employs around 141,000 people, with international subsidiary GLS employing around 18,000 people in Europe and the US. “Investing and people and providing opportunities for all,” is one of the precepts of the company’s people strategy.

Next year the programme will be open to staff from other businesses.

Partner WMG has previously provided programmes to companies including Dyson, JLR, Aston Martin, and GE Aviation.

A spokesman for Royal Mail Group said: “This initiative will give us new tools and techniques to help develop our people’s skills, support the aspiring next generation of talent and make leaders of future.”

Earlier this month, charity retailTRUST launched the Retail Leader Apprenticeship Degree, a level 6 degree that will allow apprentices to work full time while studying towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The programme will open next year with at least 400 participants, integrating academic learning with on-the-job training.