Employers can help design a new degree apprenticeship to shape their future managers, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).
The Chartered Manager degree-level programme, starting in September 2016, is the latest trailblazer degree apprenticeship announced by the government, which will fund two-thirds of course fees.
MMU is one of the first providers selected to deliver the new apprenticeship, with 100 places available to school leavers, and to existing employee managers without a degree-level qualification.
Apprentices will study a core curriculum, focused on key management and business skills, with significant opportunities for employers to design their own bespoke programme around their needs.
10 trainees from Pizza Hut will join the first MMU cohort, alongside other employers such as Virgin Trains and Speedy Services.
Apprentices will work full-time with their employer, while studying towards a BA (Hons) Business Management degree at either MMU's Manchester Business School or Cheshire campus.
All successful apprentices will receive the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Diploma in Leadership and Management and full CMI Chartered Manager status.
On average, the programme is estimated to take four years, but this may be shorter for existing employees with management experience.
Liz Gorb, MMU Director of Apprenticeships, said: "The framework for the new degree programme has been developed in partnership with national employers of all sizes.
"We will now work with partner employers to further develop the curriculum to ensure it meets their precise needs.
"The launch event will provide an introduction to the new degree apprenticeship and enable employers to contribute to the development of the programme and join the advisory board."