The GSE Profession are promoting two exciting post graduate level apprenticeships: Systems Thinking Practice, and Systems Thinking (MSc Systems Thinking in Public Service).
Systems thinking is a problem-solving approach which views 'problems' as part of a wider, dynamic system. These apprenticeships are fantastic development opportunities to apply systems thinking to complex problems or systems you encounter at work. They will help you build the knowledge and skills required to respond to challenges in an increasingly complex and uncertain world, where problems are “systemic”, often with numerous conflicting players and priorities.
The application of system thinking is very broad, and examples include providing joined-up health and social services, developing sustainable international food production and supply systems, developing combined diplomatic and military options for unstable regions, and addressing climate change.
There are two apprenticeships available for this topic. There is Systems Thinking Practice which starts in Autumn 2021, with five potential providers, and there is Systems Thinking (MSc Systems Thinking in Public Service) which starts in January 2022 and has been specifically developed to help public professionals apply the latest thinking and methodologies in systems science to complex governance problems.
The apprenticeship standard was formally launched in December 2020 – for a full description you can refer to the Institute for Apprenticeships website.
For further information on applying for these apprenticeships, please contact your Department’s apprenticeship lead in Human Resources.
More information on providers of the System Thinking Practice apprenticeship which starts Autumn 2021:
- Cranfield University:
- UK College of Business Limited
- JGA Limited
- Together Training Ltd
- Skills Training UK Limited
For the Systems Thinking (MSc Systems Thinking in Public Service) which starts in January 2022 and is provided by the University of Exeter, more information will be available on their website later this year.
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