Discovery & Paperchase Apprenticeship Programmes

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Find out how Paperchase and Discovery are helping you to develop
increase COMMERCIAL acumen
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Within your roles, you have a huge responsibility and with such rich heritage and strong values within Paperchase, you play a significant part in the organisation’s ongoing success.

As a Leader in store, your actions and decisions can positively shape and motivate the whole team, and likewise individuals on a personal level. Your fellow colleagues will grow and develop as a direct result of you improving your personal and store performance. Being more aware of your actions and decisions will help you to avoid unintentional ramifications.

With the demands placed on all of us by the pandemic combined together with buyers changing priorities, it is now more critical than ever that we consider how we drive increasing value for our customers. Leadership behaviours are at the heart of this, and any successful business.

As part of their commitment to your future, our colleagues at Paperchase are offering you the chance to enrol on leadership development programmes designed to develop and accelerate your career.

Our programmes are designed to be fun, challenging, and memorable! Using blended learning, we will work with you to strengthen your leadership toolkit, advance your unique areas of development, and stimulate your strategic and commercial thinking.

Using a combination of classroom based learning, 1-2-1 coaching and Off the Job training, everything you learn will be relevant and transferable to your individual roles.

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Who is Discovery?

The Discovery Team has been designing and delivering development programmes for organisations across the UK for over 22 years. We regularly partner with businesses across all sectors, including: manufacturing, distribution, engineering, FMCG, retail and pharma. Our expertise spans technically & commercially oriented workforces.

We are an approved training organisation for the Institute of Sales Professionals, an Institute of Leadership and Management approved training centre, active members of the Institute of Student Employers, and approved to deliver apprenticeships by the Institute for Apprenticeships.

The Discovery Leadership Programmes

Our programmes are tailored to suit each individual learner. Every programme is aligned to the Apprenticeship Standards, meaning you will gain a Level 5 certificate upon completion of your learning. 

Outcomes of these programmes include:

  • Organisational Performance – delivering results
  • Interpersonal Excellence – managing people and developing relationships
  • Personal Effectiveness – managing yourself
  • Behavioural Impact – the perceptions and effects of behaviour

Assistant Store Managers

The programme is a catalyst for change. Designed for those with limited experience in leadership and management, we know that with a better understanding of yourself you will learn to inspire and lead others, gaining skills & knowledge to develop exceptional leadership capability, and advance your career.

Aligned to the Operations/Departmental Manager Level 5 apprenticeship standard, the ‘Emerging Leaders’ programme is designed to provide high-potential, future leaders with the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will stretch you and help you to reach your full potential.

Store Managers

You may have been managing teams for many years and possibly with limited leadership development during your career to date. This programme will provide you with essential knowledge, skills & insight to directly improve your effectiveness as a leader and build upon everything you already know.

The Empowered Leaders Programme is designed to develop those who manage already, empowering you to be the best possible version of yourselves that you can be, as well as guiding others to succeed, develop and reach their own potential.

During our programmes, you will experience:

A group induction to on-board you to the programme
Blended learning through virtual, experiential & classroom sessions
Taking part in real-world scenarios and business simulations
1-2-1 support and coaching throughout the programme
Self-development through online learning and webinars
Opportunities to build upon your learnings back in the workplace
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How do apprenticeships work?

Modern apprenticeships are an amazing way of developing yourself. Our programmes are aligned to apprenticeship standards, but we go beyond the standards to make sure you will gain life-defining change.

Traditional Apprenticeships have changed – they’re now a great development pathway for every level of seniority.

From your initial induction day right through to the end of the qualification, our certified coaches will support you through a range of methods to develop the ‘whole’ you. You’ll be assigned a personal coach for the duration of the programme to really get to the core of your development areas.

Our approach is interactive, hands-on, practical, and fun! Through blended learning, we use classroom sessions to explore theory, together with experiential activities and ‘learning in action’ to allow you put the knowledge into practice so you can apply it directly back into the workplace.

What is off-the-job training?

As part of an apprenticeship, learners will need to spend 20% of their working week completing off-the-job learning. Off-the-job learning is time spent on learning & development outside of a learner’s normal working duties, but during their normal working hours. We call this applied learning.

This is essentially time that is put aside for you to focus on improving or learning new areas of knowledge, skills and behaviours back in the business.

Off-the-job learning is hugely beneficial! It can be very easy to attend a training programme, learn lots and then return to ‘business as usual’ afterwards. Setting aside 20% of a working week encourages you to keep developing yourselves as professionals.

But let’s be realistic – this does not mean 20% all in one go. This 20% is brought to life in the course of your normal duties when you put the learning into action back in your business.

Some examples of Off the Job Training are: Individual study or reflection time, attending webinars and online events, roleplay, or workplace stimulations, mentoring/shadowing a colleague, and many more. We will guide you through this as we go through the programme, but the most important element is your commitment to your development and improvement.

How long do the programmes last?

Your learning will take place over 18 months for our Level 5 programmes, followed by up to 4 months which is used to complete your portfolio, and prepare for your End Point Assessment (EPA).

How will the training be delivered? Where will the workshops take place?

For all the programmes we adopt a ‘blended learning’ model of delivery. The start of your journey will begin with a virtual induction session. You will then attend five 2-day workshops over the duration of the Paperchase programmes, along with virtual sessions, masterclasses, webinars, and of course, your personal coaching sessions.

The workshops will be delivered from your Paperchase Studios in London.

Here is what some of our previous delegates say…

By some margin this has been the most useful course I have attended. It has provided critical insight and detail that will help my personal development.

Discovery’s development programme was quite simply an excellent experience for me. As a new manager, I took away a clearer understanding of the role of leadership in my business and learned and practiced several approaches that I could implement straight away to motivate my team and improve their performance. Discovery’s approach to leadership development is second to none. Their wealth of expertise, not only in leadership & motivation, but as experienced coaches and facilitators is inspiring in itself. I would highly recommend this programme to any manager looking to become a highly effective leader.

This is certainly the best training I have been on and trust me throughout my working life I have been on many! It was not easy, but the end result was huge.

Are you ready to take control of your future to reach your full potential? Let’s get started…

If you are interested in joining one of our programmes, please complete the form at the top of the page. We will pass over your request to your People Team who will facilitate your enrolment.

We look forward to joining you on your learning journey!

Paperchase Joy Rainbow