Press release:

Degree apprenticeships are already transforming how people perceive technical and vocational qualifications

Monday 30 September 2019

Ann Francke the CEO of The Chartered Management Institute reacting to Education Secretary's speech at the Conservative Party Conference said:

We welcome the increased focus on technical and vocational qualifications. At CMI we know first hand how high quality vocational training, such as apprenticeships, enhances young people's employment prospects and boosts productivity.

Innovations such as degree apprenticeships are already transforming how people perceive technical and vocational qualifications. Recent CMI research showed that 8 in 10 parents believe degree apprenticeships are a good option for young people who are considering studying for a degree, and around three quarters think they provide a better chance of getting a good job than a traditional university degree.

Over the next 5 years, the UK will need around 2m new managers. If we are to close the productivity gap, then we need to ensure that management qualifications are at the heart of these proposed reforms, so that the next generation of managers and leaders are equipped with the skills and practices needed to turbocharge the economy post-Brexit.

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John Kaponi Head of Media Relations, CMI

Notes to editors

Chartered Management Institute

  • The Chartered Management Institute is the chartered professional body for management and leadership, counting more than 175,000 managers and leaders in its membership community.
  • Backed by a unique Royal Charter, CMI is the only organisation able to award Chartered Manager status - the ultimate management accolade, which is proven to boost individuals’ career prospects, management capability and impact in the workplace.