Seal of approval for organisations investing in qualifications

An industry body is recognising employers with an ongoing investment in developing qualified managers and leaders in their organisations

Among those who attended the presentation event at CMI’s London office, were the General Medical Council, First Group, Royal College of Physicians and London South Bank University – organisations that have demonstrated their commitment to developing managers and leaders through CMI management qualifications for a number of years.

The presentation event also marked the launch of two new CMI services – validation and accreditation of employers’ in-house management development programmes. The validation service will recognise that an in-house programme meets pre-determined quality standards set by the CMI, whilst accreditation allows in-house programmes to meet full management qualification criteria.

Opportunities for professional development are high on the list of essential criteria individuals look for in a prospective employer, and are crucial for organisations wanting to attract and retain the most talented people. The Institute’s research into the value of management qualifications shows that 64 per cent of employers say that qualifications will increase in importance over the next few years and a similar percentage believes that organisations will demand more qualifications in the future.

Despite this, results of the CMI’s National Management Salary Survey, conducted earlier this year, show that nearly half of employers say they lose staff because they are not offering adequate training opportunities.

Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute said: “UK Plc is facing a skills shortage which employers urgently need to tackle head-on. While the recession has led to redundancies, we are also seeing staff voluntarily leave their organisations because the training opportunities provided are woefully inadequate.”

To celebrate the launch of the service employers can take advantage of a free consultation, which includes assessment of their current training provision and advice on how to improve it plus support and resources. The consultation can be accessed by contacting the CMI on 01536 207 404 or at www.managers.org.uk

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