UCL Human Resources


Coaching Apprenticeship Programme

The pilot UCL Coaching apprenticeship programme launched in April 2022.

The UCL Coaching Apprenticeship Programme enables staff to undertake a Coaching Professional Level 5 apprenticeship qualification, alongside their work. Apprentices complete a structured training programme (tutorials, peer sessions, 121 mentor, and self-study) delivered by our training providers.

This opportunity is available to staff who have successfully completed their probation and are on a permanent contract. It is ideal for staff who use coaching and/or mentoring skills (informally or formally) in their daily role. Staff interested in undertaking an apprenticeship do not have to be working in a coaching role. However, participation in work-based coaching activities throughout the apprenticeship is essential to apply the learning and provide the evidence required for completion.

Commitment equivalent to approximately one day per week (20% off-the-job training) for approximately 15 months is required. Line-manager approval and support are therefore essential. 

The apprenticeship costs £5,000 per learner. This is covered through the UCL Apprenticeship Levy, meaning UCL meets the costs of training and assessment. Some additional costs may be incurred by the department and/or learner.

Benefits of the apprenticeship

Some of the expected benefits of the apprenticeship include

  • For individuals: an externally recognised qualification and the chance to be part of a major coaching body post-apprenticeship, along with enhanced prospects for career advancement.  Apprentices will also benefit from exposure to a network of like-minded colleagues in a variety of roles and levels across UCL, other HEIs, and industries (mixed-employer cohort).

  • For managers and teams: the apprenticeship provides the opportunity for your staff to enhance their working behaviours, contribute to work activities, and bring insights and techniques from the training back to UCL, which can be embedded into everyday activities within the learners normal role.

  • For UCL: the apprenticeship provides an additional platform/route for UCL to develop internal coaching capabilities and create opportunities for individuals who wish to contribute to building a sustainable coaching culture at UCL.

Further information about the programme can be found in the UCL Coaching Apprenticeship Programme Guide. which was produced for the pilot cohort.

We are currently reviewing our pilot programme and considering plans for further cohorts. Details of these will be provided here in due course.

Any questions?

Paula Sandamas, Apprenticeship Manager (Academic and Professional Services)
Uzma Sadiq, Apprenticeship Manager (UCL East and Technical Community)