Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) builds a diverse pipeline of future leaders

Over half of Chartered Manager degree apprentices are women. Over a quarter are under 25.

2 in 5 come from the most economically disadvantaged parts of the UK

New analysis from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) shows the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) is boosting social mobility and helping to build a pipeline of talented and diverse managers and leaders.

The figures show that:

  • with over 2,000 starts in 17/18, the CMDA remains one of the most popular degree apprenticeship;
  • with more female apprentices (54%) than male, the CMDA is helping to build the pipeline of future female leaders and redress the imbalance in our boardrooms;
  • with over a quarter of apprentices (27%) under 25, the CMDA is helping young people take their first steps into management; and
  • with over 2 in 5 apprentices coming from the most deprived areas of the UK, the CMDA is a great example of how degree apprenticeships can widen participation and boost social mobility.

Speaking at an event in the House of Commons to mark three years since the CMDA was launched, CMI’s Head of Policy, Rob Wall said:

The UK needs good managers and great leaders - now more than ever.

Today’s Chartered Manager degree apprentices are tomorrow’s senior civil servants, top business leaders and key influencers. If we are to equip all of our future managers with the skills to be confident, competent, conscious leaders than we need to accelerate investment in management development and in management apprenticeships.

The latest analysis shows that the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is making a huge difference. Not only in delivering the management skills needed to help solve the UK’s productivity puzzle, but also in widening participation, increasing student choice and promoting social mobility. It is time to champion and celebrate the huge success story that is the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.

Further information about the event and excerpts from the speeches, including from CMI CEO, Ann Francke and CEO of the Institute for Apprenticeships, Sir Gerry Berragan, are available upon request.

Rob Wall, CMI’s Head of Policy

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About the analysis

The statistics on overall apprentices numbers, gender and age are drawn from a CMI analysis of DfE’s Apprenticeships Data Pack-User Guide 2014/15 to 2017/18 (Final Report) published December 2018.

The statistics on area are drawn from unpublished analysis of CMI administrative data for CMDA apprentices on CMI-accredited programmes starting in the 2017/18 academic year. CMDA apprenticeship data was mapped, where possible by postcode, to the 2015 indices of multiple deprivation (just under 1,400 CMDA apprentices).

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.

We provide employers and individual managers with access to the latest management thinking and with practical online support that helps them to embrace change, create high-performing teams and keep ahead of the curve.

With a member community of more than 157,000 managers and leaders, we promote high standards of ethical practice through our Professional Code of Conduct, and help managers to build their expertise through online networks, regional events and mentoring opportunities.