Further Education at Hilti

The Apprenticeship Levy

apprenticeship levy

Have you ever thought about Further Education? It can be very rewarding and it’s at the heart of our culture of developing people and achieving outstanding results. Recently, we launched a programme using a tax, The Apprentice Levy Tax as it’s known, that we pay the government in England and they allow it to be spent on education. This tax is a way of upskilling our workforce in any department, grade or age – when it comes to education and skills, we always want to support our employees along the way.

We chat to James and Sofia who are both studying with funds from the Apprenticeship Levy about their reasons behind studying and how they manage it alongside a full-time role at Hilti…

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Sofia Harrison

1.       What are you studying?

James: I will be completing an Executive Masters in Business Administration (eMBA) at Cranfield University, starting in April 2019. It is a two-year part time Masters degree that I will do alongside my role as Building Construction Regional Manager in the West of London.

Sofia: I am currently completing a Level 5 CIPD in HR Management, which is a 24-month degree level qualification.


2.       Why did you decide to do Further Education?

James: After four years of leadership experience at Hilti I am really keen to enhance my strategic thinking and to understand business models from other industries and geographies. My aim is to bring new insights from forward-thinking companies and University colleagues that Hilti might be able to learn from. Completing the Cranfield eMBA will enhance my credibility, improve my strategic thinking, test my learning agility and business acumen, and develop a strong contact network. These development areas are all aligned with my Individual Development Plan (IDP).

Sofia: I joined Human Resources (HR) a year ago and this was a total career change for me. I had worked with the HR department at Hilti and outside of Hilti at the Royal Bank of Scotland on their lean journeys, so I had a good foundation in HR. However, I wanted to understand HR theory more and reach a competency level where I can coach others. Additionally, it was important for me to become a HR professional in order to be perform better in my role and to support future progression – and the CIPD qualification helps with this immensely.

James Hooker

3.       What were your pre-requisites for doing the course?

James: For the eMBA, there was a requirement of a minimum of five years' post-qualification work experience as well as a good degree and/or professional qualification, or, high levels of achievement, exceptional career progression or evidence of leadership potential. I also needed financial support from Hilti to fund the course and an agreement between my line manager (Rob Eaves, SD) and myself because there are two days of contact time a month which fall in working hours. The support I have received from Hilti has been fantastic.

Sofia: Because of the level of the qualification I needed to have some basic knowledge and experience of HR processes and practices. Additionally, I needed to have GSCE English and Math’s grades A-C alongside qualifications at a minimum of A level standard. I also needed to have my enrollment agreed with my line manager as there are workshops and training that need to be completed in work time, so it was important


4. How do you manage the workload?

A critical pre-requisite was both my understanding of the workload and commitment required to complete the course. The majority of the course will be completed in learning groups and through self-study in the evenings and weekends. Considering my personal life is currently stable, it felt like the right time to take on this challenge. Many of the modules that I will be completing will have strong links with the operations and responsibilities on my Regional Manager role so I expect that I can draw on experience and use relevant Hilti work and projects to complete my course. I have a plan in place from April to ensure I find the right balance between Hilti, eMBA and life balance.

Sofia: I am not going to lie, it’s not easy.  I already have a busy role inside of Hilti so it’s a challenge but also an enjoyable one that I feel is really benefiting me. For me the key to managing the workload is planning. I was provided the workshop and assignment dates at the start of the course so I have planned my holidays and meetings around those dates. I set aside some time one evening per week and on a Sunday afternoon to work on my portfolio and assignments. The key is to complete a qualification that supports what you do on a day-to-day basis. In my instance, each assignment is based around a topic that I already do in my role, for example, Talent Management and Resourcing, so I am not starting from scratch.    


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