Level 7 Sustainability Business Specialist (Integrated Degree)
This L7 apprenticeship can equip practitioners in a variety of industries, including the public and private sector, to lead on sustainability, environmental management, resource management and ethical decision-making in keeping with the Green Agenda. Apprentices will help innovate and drive ambitions for social and environmental change and make these a reality that are embedded and implemented across their organisations. This apprenticeship is part of a pathway which currently includes the L4 Apprenticeship Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioner, which UEL will begin offering in September 2023. Though there is not currently an apprenticeship standard in this pathway at L5 or L6, UEL’s undergraduate degree in Sustainable Development and Social Change offers an opportunity for continuity from L4 through to L7.
The roles and responsibilities of businesses are changing rapidly; society increasingly expects that organisations should act responsibly, using their resources in an environmentally friendly way and making decisions with social sustainability in mind. They are responsible not just to their shareholders but also to their wider stakeholders and the broader community. Sustainability Business Specialists help to drive this by delivering an organisation’s sustainability strategy releasing the power of business to contribute positively toward social and environmental outcomes.
UEL's Sustainability Business Specialist apprenticeship will build practitioners’ ability to engage with their chosen field by developing a strong theoretical base for understanding the principles underpinning sustainability and resource management (the sustainable development goals, climate justice, environmental politics, ethical practice, theories of intersectional inequality, compliance and reporting). In tandem, apprentices will be supported to develop the practical skills needed for developing and implementing a sustainability strategy (compliance, current legislation and the Green Agenda, strategic planning, project management, stakeholder analysis, negotiation, and data management).
The apprenticeship will be delivered in 6 modules over 15 weeks each, adding up to 90 weeks, or two years total.
- Module 1 (delivery to begin September): Global Development Now
- Module 2 (delivery to begin January): Global Environmental Politics
- Module 3 (delivery to begin May): Approaches to Resource and Waste Management
- Module 4 (delivery to begin September of Y2): Project and Programme Design
- Module 5 (delivery to begin January): Policy and Practice (Mental Wealth and Work-based Project)
- Module 6 (delivery to begin May): Portfolio Development
Entry requirements for Sustainability Business Specialist:
UG degree in any discipline, minimum of 2:2 or equivalent IELTS 6.5 for overseas applicants
End-Point Assessment (EPA)
The End-Point Assessment will be carried out by UEL as this is an integrated degree apprenticeship.
As this is a L7 apprenticeship with an Msc Degree attached, achieving this will lead to gaining employment in a senior role. Some completers may consider continuing their education on a part-time basis. The course International Development with NGO Management would be a natural segue for these students to continue toward their L6 BA(Hons) degree. Furthermore, there are other apprenticeships at L5 and L6 which UEL does not yet offer but which would be of interest to those completing this apprenticeship.
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We are flexible and responsive in our approach to delivering degree apprenticeships. We discuss the most suited delivery strategy with you to ensure it meets your business requirements, as well as the requirements of your apprentices.
Our usual offer is an intensive, day-release block mode scheme. However, we would also consider concentrated teaching blocks over multiple days subject to numbers, and in cases where geographical limitations make this necessary. If you are an employer with a distinct cohort, we offer to customise the delivery mode to suit your individual needs. We are interested to hear from employers and providers who would like to join one of our Trailblazer groups, which initially design and develop apprenticeships.
Please get in touch if you:
- would like to become an employer partner of UEL and let us help you find the right apprentices for you;
- are interested in any of the apprenticeship degree courses we are currently running or the new ones we are developing;
- would like to explore creating new apprenticeships and join a Trailblazer group with us.
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