Press release:


Wednesday 30 January 2019

2018 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education data shows CMI accredited management courses provide graduates with better employability prospects in professional roles than non CMI accredited business courses.

The latest CMI analysis of the 2018 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey data shows positive progress in the employability of graduates from CMI accredited courses.

The analysis found:

  • CMI-accredited courses saw a 7 percentage point uplift between 2015 and 2018 for graduates employed in professional roles 6 months after graduation; this compares to a less than 1 percentage point increase for non-accredited business courses; and
  • 58% of graduates from CMI-accredited courses were in professional roles, compared to 48% of graduates on non-accredited business courses.

CMI works with over 100 universities across the UK to deliver dual accredited programmes that enhance learners’ management and leadership skills and produce work-ready graduates. Accreditation means learners graduate with both a degree and a professional qualification, setting those on CMI-accredited courses apart from their peers and providing advantage in the highly competitive graduate recruitment market.

The latest analysis supports the findings of CMI’s 2018 report, 21st Century Leaders, which highlighted the benefits that employers, education providers and students all identified from studying a CMI-accredited course:

  • 90% of education partners say that CMI has a high level of impact on student employability;
  • 82% of students believe that a CMI qualification will make them more employable; and
  • two thirds (66%) of employers want to see graduates achieve professional qualifications alongside their main degree.

Steve Heappey, CMI’s Director of Employer & Provider Partnerships, said these statistics show that momentum is building behind accredited business courses:

The latest analysis shows that CMI accreditation delivers real, tangible benefits for graduates in the jobs market.

Students want to know their studies will enhance their employment prospects and lead to great careers. It’s clear from the latest CMI analysis that studying on a CMI-accredited course helps graduates achieve these goals.

It’s also clear that CMI-accreditation allows universities and other education providers to differentiate their offering in a crowded market and broaden the appeal and impact of their degree programmes.

All CMI-accredited courses start learners on their path to becoming Chartered. Chartered Manager is the most prestigious achievement in management, is the hallmark of a confident and efficient leader and provides a further boost to earnings potential.

Steve Heappey, Director of Employer & Provider Partnerships, Chartered Management Institute

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CMI commissioned analysis of the 2018 DHLE datasets, comparing courses that were flagged as being CMI accredited to all business courses that were not accredited.

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) works with business and education to inspire people to unleash their potential and become skilled, confident and successful managers and leaders.

With a wealth of practical qualifications, events and networking opportunities on offer throughout the UK and Asia-Pacific, the CMI helps people boost their career prospects and connect them with other ambitious professionals in any industry and sector. In fact, the CMI has more than 50,000 people training to be better managers right now.

Backed by a unique Royal Charter, the CMI is the only organisation allowed to award Chartered Manager status - the ultimate management accolade.

CMI’s thought leadership, research and online resources provide practical insight on critical issues for its 100,000 plus members and anyone looking to improve their skills, nurture high-performing teams and help pave the way for the next generation of managers and leaders.


About CMI

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body for management and leaderships, dedicated to improving managers' skills and growing the number of qualified managers.

Our professional management qualifications span GCSE to PhD equivalents, including the unique Chartered Manager award, which increases earning potential and improves workplace performance. We have been registered as an apprentice assessment organisation by the Skills Funding Agency.

CMI has led the way in developing a suite of trailblazing management apprenticeships with a 40-strong group of employers. These start from Level 3 (team leader) and Level 5 (operations manager) through to Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. The Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship gives employers the option to upskill up to executive and C-suite level. CMI is a Skills Funding Agency-registered apprentice assessment organisation.

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