Apprenticeships are a great way for employers to nurture their own talent. They provide an excellent route for young people to enter the labour market, allowing individuals to train on the job and gain a qualification at the same time. They can also be used for upskilling existing employees.

On this page we review the key features of apprenticeships in England and their benefits to employers. We will also look at the factors of implementing and running a successful apprenticeship scheme and funding.

What are apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship is a paid job which combines employment and training and is available to anyone entitled to work in the UK. The apprentice gets a nationally recognised qualification on completion.

Upon completion an Apprentice can then apply for membership of the IRPM and if successful could then take one of our industry-endorsed, Ofqual-recognised qualifications.

Apprenticeships are a unique way to ‘grow your own’; they combine on-the-job training in an organisation with off-the-job learning and provide employers with an effective way of growing their skills base.

Key features of an apprenticeship

An apprentice is an employee, so all apprentices receive a wage. An apprentice should be told about their rights as an employee – what they are entitled to expect and what their obligations are to their employer and colleagues. This is mandatory in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Training is a combination of on the job and off the job. The training provided is made up of core elements: a competence-based element, a knowledge-based element, and transferable or functional skills.

  • Competence - The competence (technical skills) aspects of the apprenticeship are completed in the workplace.
  • Knowledge - The knowledge part of the apprenticeship covers the technical knowledge and theory that is relevant to the practical skills an apprentice will develop in their job role.
  • Transferable skills – These skills are variously referred to as functional/key skills, core skills, or essential skills, but all these terms describe a core set of skills that people need in today’s workplaces and include English and maths.

Apprenticeship Training Providers

IRPM has agreements with two Apprenticeship Training Providers Apprentice who have access to IRPM branded study learning materials and content:

The Apprentice Academy

The Learning Curve Group  - Enquire with Learning Curve Group

Knights Training Academy -  Enquire with Knights Training Academy

If you are interested in finding your apprentice or becoming one, simply get in touch with the IRPM Apprentice Partners to start the process.

What Next?

For current apprentices we recommend that you make an application to join IRPM as an Affiliate member and benefit from our professional resources including over 600 training courses that are video based on demand as well as access to our qualifications that are the recognised industry standard.

Upon completion of an apprenticeship, members may apply for higher level membership of the IRPM and if successful could then apply to take one of our industry recognised Ofqual recognised qualifications. They may qualify for exemptions and will then earn the right to use the post nominal letters that recognise their professionalism.

Leadership Qualifications - Levy use for MIRPM Members

While we encourage individuals with apprenticeship levy funds to allocate them towards staff training in property management, we also recognise the significance of additional skills and qualifications essential for success in this field.

Property management extends beyond day-to-day tasks; it necessitates adeptly overseeing internal teams and possessing strong leadership capabilities. We strongly advise our L4 MIRPM members to contemplate pursuing leadership qualifications to levels 5 & 7. 

These qualifications not only contribute to the prosperity of their businesses but also provide them with valuable transferable skills applicable throughout their professional journey.

We are delighted to announce our partnership with KnowledgeBrief and The Learning Curve Group, both of which offer Level 5 and Level 7 leadership qualifications. Discover more about these opportunities below:

Learning Curve Group -  Level 5 Operations or Departmental Manager Apprenticeship

An operations or departmental manager is someone who manages teams and/or projects and achieves operational or departmental goals and objectives, as part of the delivery of the organisation's strategy. They are accountable to a more senior manager or business owner. Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, specific responsibilities and job titles will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same. Key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring. 

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To submit your interest please click here. 


KnowledgeBrief - Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship

Pitched at master’s degree level, this course is designed for any individual moving into or working within a senior or strategic management role. Responsibilities of a strategic leader with senior management responsibility may include formal governance/director responsibilities. Responsibilities for setting strategy, direction and vision, providing a clear sense of purpose and driving strategic intent. This may include General Managers, Senior Managers, Section Leaders, Executives, Directors, COO, CFO, CEO, CIO roles

The course is fully delivered online and we use a combination of Zoom or Microsoft Teams (so there will be no need for travel) and can be done flexibly around staff working hours. We also have our own platform for the apprenticeship and it’s a centralised place for the individual as this is where they will do their work, find and book upcoming workshops as well as find all things leadership-related.  The platform gives learners access to over a thousand academic articles that cover a huge variety of Leadership and Management topics. 

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To submit your interest please click here.

Useful Contacts

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Apprenticeship standards

Apprenticeship standards

National Apprenticeship Service Helpdesk Telephone: 0800 015 0400

National Apprenticeship Helpdesk

Apprenticeships in England

Apprenticeships in England