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Coaching Professional Level 5 Apprenticeship

Coaching Professional Level 5 Apprenticeship Levy

The Coaching Professional Level 5 apprenticeship aligns with the professional accreditation standards of coaching bodies:

  • The Association for Coaching for Accredited Coach
  • European Mentoring and Coaching Council for Accredited Coaching Practitioner
  • The International Coach Federation for Associate Certified Coach

Why select Culture at Work as your training provider?

We are ideally qualified to deliver this apprenticeship training because:

  • Programme designer Carol Wilson, is Emeritus Head of Professional Standards & Excellence at the Association for Coaching, one of the three bodies named by the Institute of Apprenticeships above,  where she led the team in the creation of the Association’s standards for accreditation of coaches, coach training providers and coaching supervisors. No other registered training provider has this credential.
  • Carol Wilson represented the Association for Coaching on the Round Table formed by the three bodies named above by the Institute, to define the Global Code of Practice for coaching.
  • Carol is an elected Lifelong Fellow at the Association for Coaching and an elected Fellow at the ILM, the leadership arm of City & Guilds, the UK’s main workplace accreditation body. We are an accredited ILM Centre for the provision of coaching and mentoring training.
  • Unlike the majority of apprenticeship training providers, which are generalist organisations offering apprenticeships in anything from coaching to bricklaying, we have over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering specialist coaching, mentoring, and leadership programmes to thousands of candidates in large organisations across 42 countries. We are experts in cross-cultural diversity and inclusion.
  • We are pioneers in teaching the GROW model, named by the Institute as a key model for apprenticeship training, having worked in partnership with GROW co-founder Sir John Whitmore from 2007 until his death in 2017. No other registered training provider has this credential.
  • Prior to setting up Culture at Work, Carol Wilson obtained over 20 years of corporate experience at Board Director and MD level in industry. Our trainers also all have had experience as corporate managers and this ensures that all of our training, including the Professional Coach Apprenticeship, focuses on giving maximum value for practical use in the workplace, rather than the academic approach of most other apprenticeship providers, which are mostly universities, colleges and generalist training providers.
  • We are an ILM Centre and our programmes are accredited by the ILM and by the Association for Coaching.
  • Our Coaching Professional Level 5 apprenticeship offers more valuable bonus add-ons than any other apprenticeship provider, including free of charge all the certificates listed below.

Certification on the Coaching Professional Level 5 Apprenticeship Programme

Successful candidates will receive free of charge the following certificates on completion of the programme:

  • our internal coaching qualification CfPAC (Coaching for Performance Accredited Coach, reflecting Sir John Whitmore’s contribution to our programmes);
  • an ILM Endorsed Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring;
  • an ILM Endorsed Certificate in Leading Without Formal Authority (Lateral Leadership);
  • an ILM Endorsed Certificate in Team Coaching;
  • an ILM Endorsed Certificate in Coaching Supervision;
  • a Coaching Professional Level 5 Certificate, which is equivalent to degree level, is awarded when the candidate passes the final End Point Assessment, within three months of completing the training part of the apprenticeship.

If all the elements of the training are completed, candidates will be qualified to apply for ILM Level 5, Level 7 or Diploma certificates in Coaching & Mentoring and Coach Accreditation / Executive Coach Accreditation with the Association for Coaching.

Aims of the Coaching Professional Level 5 Apprenticeship Programme

While meeting all the government’s requirements for the Coaching Professional Standard, as well as qualifying candidates as Professional Coaches, we have structured our programme to provide a broadly focussed in-depth leadership programme which includes everything your current and future leaders need to become authentic and effective coaching managers.

Structure of the Coaching Professional Level 5 Apprenticeship Programme

What your candidates will learn

The apprentice will experience a comprehensive range of learning activities including online webinars,  practising with other participants on the programme, coaching their own clients, reading, writing, reflection, listening to podcasts and watching videos.

At present the training part of this programme is delivered entirely online to avoid the risk of candidates missing part of the programme through positive Covid tests. Live training will become available if Covid conditions render it viable.

The programme covers the learning pathway below, and is mapped against the nine duties outlined in the Coaching Professional Standard requirements as defined for the Apprenticeship Levy by the Institute of Apprenticeships & Technical Education.

Coaching and mentoring skills

Apprenticeship Levy Coaching Professional StandardOur signature GROW Coaching & Mentoring Training Course is part of our certified portfolio of ILM leadership coaching programmes. The course includes everything required to become an accredited coach, or an authentic coaching manager. We have delivered this performance coach training course, both face-to-face and on-line in 33 countries and several languages over the last 15 years, and it has often been described by participants as the best coaching leadership course that they ever attended.

Based on Sir John Whitmore’s time-honoured GROW model, this training  will transform a participant’s leadership style, and bring about a transformational change in self-awareness, energy, potential and personal impact at a profound level.

Lateral Leadership: leading without formal authority

Our Leading Without Formal Authority Course recognises that in today’s flatter, less hierarchical workplace, lateral leadership can be even more important than motivating one’s own reports. Lateral leadership means knowing how to influence co-workers, higher-ranking managers, or clients.

People at work often have to bring about change and achieve results by having constructive conversations with those whom they need to enthuse, for example: temporary teams which have formed across departments, organisations or countries have to unite in chasing the success of short-term projects; or people have to influence someone more senior, or some staff report to several different bosses for diverse areas of their work.

Sometimes, regrettably, people have to deal with being bullied, disadvantaged by unconscious bias, or intimidated by people in authority over them. This course provides practical ways of dealing with these difficult situations, as well as raising awareness of the value of diversity in teams.

Anyone who masters lateral leadership on this ILM accredited programme will also hold the key to being an effective manager of people, because it is only by inspiring and motivating reports that great results can truly be achieved.

Coaching Supervision

Our ILM Accredited Coaching Supervision Training Course is a practical and workplace-friendly programme providing frameworks, question sets, skills and techniques for coaching supervisors.

You will learn about recognised coaching supervision models, including the Workplace Coaching Supervision Four-way Contract; tools and structures for one-to-one and group coaching supervision; and basic schools of psychology and neuroscience,  including Gestalt, Herzberg, Kolb, Gibbs, Schon, Kline, Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, and motivational theory.

Workplace coaching supervisors need to know how to provide a safe and collaborative experience for the internal coaches practising in their workplace. Based on our Four-Way Contract, which identifies the key areas of focus for a supervisor of workplace coaches, the curriculum covers all aspects of coaching supervision including: regularity, content of a session, pitfalls, ethics and boundaries, as well as an introduction to all the main coaching supervision models in use by professional coaches today.

The course also covers tools and techniques for use in delivering supervision to professional coaches, and which will expand the candidate’s repertoire and deepen their awareness as a coach.

“Coaching supervision is a conversation with a coaching approach that provides a thinking space where coaches can be supported in reflecting upon their work with clients, build their confidence, reinforce their coaching mindset, and receive mentoring, recognition and challenge from another experienced coach.”

Team coaching

The team coaching course includes:

  • Practice in group coaching
  • Leadership archetypes
  • Bruce Tuckman’s Team Development Model
  • Facilitating a Generative Thinking meeting

A Generative Thinking Meeting is one which applies a coaching approach to teams, engaging the best thinking, opinions and collaborative solutions from everyone present. It reduces domination by more senior or more vociferous participants and encourages contributions from more junior or quieter members. The GROW model below provides the supporting framework for such a meeting:

Team coaching

The generative thinking approach can be applied successfully to any type of meeting, whether between manager and report, for team building sessions, or for discussions between colleagues or clients. Using the GROW structure keeps people focused, raises energy, reduces conflict and saves time.

Time frame of the Coaching Professional Apprenticeship Programme

In line with Apprenticeship Levy requirements, the programme is completed over 14 months plus a three month assessment process. A 12 month programme may be available for candidates who can evidence approved prior learning.

Funding for the Coaching Professional Apprenticeship Programme

The maximum funding allowed for this course including End Point Assessment, following Apprenticeship Levy guidelines, is £5,000 per head.

About the Apprenticeship Levy

The apprenticeship levy is a scheme introduced by the UK government in 2017 whereby organisations with an annual wage bill of over £3m pay a tax of 0.5% of that wage bill. This tax can be recouped only through training apprentices, and unused portions cannot be carried forward to the next tax year. For full details of the Apprenticeship Levy see Our training meets all the Learning Outcomes of the Coaching Professional Level 5 Apprenticeship Standard Programme as defined by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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