Research and development manager apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university course
You'll need a degree or postgraduate qualification to become a research and development manager. The subject you take will depend on which research area you want to work in but common examples include:
You'll also need several years' relevant experience in industry, with an understanding of research methods, data analysis and development processes.
- engineering science
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. You'll need a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study.
Research and development manager apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- thinking and reasoning skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- persistence and determination
- maths knowledge
- the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
- analytical thinking skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Research and development manager apprenticeships - what you'll do
Your day-to-day duties will depend on the sector you work in. You will oversee the preparation and delivery of research projects and could:
- write project plans and proposals
- recruit and train staff teams
- monitor staff performance
- manage the development of small scale samples or prototypes
- analyse and interpret data
- write progress reports and present results to senior managers
- make sure work meets safety standards and other relevant legislation
- manage budgets
You could work at a university, in a laboratory or in a factory.
Career path and progression - Research and development manager apprenticeships
With experience in industry, you could become a senior project manager or research director.
In higher education, you could become a senior research fellow or professor.