Junior Management Consultant Apprenticeship – Reference Number: ST0310_02

Who is this for?

Management consultants provide business advice to public, private and not-for-profit organisations. This usually involves helping them solve a challenge of some kind, such as how to grow their business, how to make it more efficient or how to organise and structure itself in a different way. Some specialist consultancies have a particular focus – for example, how to write proposals for new work, or how to change an organisation or how to develop their workforce. Others are more generalist and you could work across several different types of project. Working on client site away from your office is a possibility, while hours are varied and often depend on the project.

Tasks can be varied. A Junior Management Consultant might be involved in conducting research, analysing and interpreting data or be responsible for organising the logistics of the project. As they develop and progress, they might be involved in contributing to report writing which uses statistical evidence to support recommendations and conclusions, or support the creation of slide decks to deliver key messages to clients. They might also become more focused on a particular type of service offering (financial, strategic, operational, etc.) or industry (financial services, public sector, telecommunications etc.).

What will be covered?

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, Junior Management Consultants will have knowledge and an understanding of:

Business Environment

  • Know the different industry sectors, the types of organisations within these sectors, and how a management consultancy can support their needs.

Management Consultancy Business

  • Know how a consultancy typically works, how it manages relationships with its clients, and understand the ethical considerations it operates under.

Business Finances

  • Know key financial ratios and performance indicators (such as balance sheets and cash flow forecasts) that are necessary to effectively assess an organisation’s financial health.

Project Management

  • Know how a project moves through its lifecycle of planning, design, development, testing, deployment and evaluation. Know what risks and issues are and how to report and monitor them to project and client teams.

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, Junior Management Consultants will have and be able to exhibit skills in the following areas:

Communication Skills

  • Speak and write clearly, influence others, actively listen, question effectively and structure conversations. Support or run meetings and clearly present a point of view to audiences. Communicate appropriately through a variety of channels and platforms.

Team Working Skills

  • Work effectively within a group environment made up of different personality types. Be aware of one’s own and other people’s emotions and use this understanding to guide decisions.

Business Analysis

  • Use a range of tools and methodologies to help analyse an organisation (such as SWOT analysis). Undertake qualitative and quantitative research.

Relationship Building

  • Build rapport and trust, maintain relationships once they are built and be able to repair them when they are damaged.

Personal and Project Management

  • Manage time effectively and prioritise workloads. Take time to reflect on project successes and learn from failure. Maintain good health and energy through a work / life balance.

  • Plan, organise and manage resources in order to achieve set goals. Help create objectives at the start of a project, support the development and implementation of project plans and help monitor progress. Proactively identify risks and issues and help create action plans to address these.

IT Technical Capabilities

  • Be able to assist in the creation of reports, word processed documents, spreadsheets, slide decks for presentation and software for project management. These are the most prominent, though there are others depending on the consultancy.

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, Junior Management Consultants will exhibit the following behaviours:

Professionalism

  • Reflect the expected behaviours of the organisation, project and client teams. Be tactful and discreet with sensitive information and protect confidentiality.

Self-Development

  • Frequently seek and act upon feedback, reflect on performance and have a desire for learning.

Adaptability

  • Be flexible to the needs of the project (working times and locations). Be open minded and able to work with a range of different people.

Adhere to Legal and Ethical Frameworks

  • Work within legal and ethical frameworks to protect all stakeholders, including the client, from reputational damage.

For more information on this apprenticeship, or any of the apprenticeships we have on offer please do contact us on 01865 515 255 and a member of the team would be delighted to chat this through with you. Alternatively, please do get in touch via email at enquiries@oxfordpeg.com, or by filling in a contact form.

Funding Band

£9,000

Duration

The typical duration of this apprenticeship will be 24 months.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements will be determined by individual employers. Those who are unsure should contact the team directly on 01865 515 255, or via email at enquiries@oxfordpeg.com. Either before or during the apprenticeship, apprentices will be required to achieve level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics prior to taking end point assessment (EPA).

Level

This apprenticeship is at Level 4, similar to a Foundation degree level.

Review

2021

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