Alternative titles for this job include Team leader, first line manager

Supervisors manage teams of staff and organise their workload.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become

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How to become a supervisor

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You could do a Team Leader and Supervisor Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. 

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You could work towards being promoted to a team leader or supervisor role in your organisation. 

In a larger organisation, you might need to complete a management trainee scheme.

Direct Application

You could apply directly for team leader or supervisor jobs. 

You'll usually need at least 1 or 2 years' experience in a job to apply directly.

Employers might also want you to have work based qualifications and training certificates for the industry you're working in.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers and qualifications in supervisory management from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • the ability to motivate and manage staff
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • business management skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a supervisor, you could:

  • plan workloads and rotas
  • allocate tasks to team members
  • brief teams on targets, initiatives and policy changes
  • report on team performance and do individual performance reviews
  • keep up to date with regulations

Working environment

You could work in an office, in a contact centre, in a factory or at a store.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With training and experience, you could move into middle management and then senior management positions.

You could also move into a different industry.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Supervisor Apprenticeship (Level 3)

  • Wage: £12,313.60 to £22,010.56 Annually
  • Location: Burton Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Team Leader Supervisor Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £13,312.00 Annually
  • Location: Not known

Courses In England

Level 2 Certificate Team Leading

  • Start date: 27 September 2024
  • Location: Warrington

L2 Certificate in Team Leading (City and Guilds)

  • Start date: 18 September 2024
  • Location: London

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