Chartered Management Institute (CMI) launches new government-backed management and leadership apprenticeships

Level 3 and Level 5 apprenticeships set to develop next generation of managers

The Chartered Management Institute today [5 July 2016] launched two new management and leadership trailblazer apprenticeships giving employers a greater range of options for productivity boosting investment in the next generation of managers. The new qualifications allow employers to benefit from both the current and future apprenticeship funding schemes.

The new apprenticeships, backed by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), were officially launched today at the House of Commons with the support of Rachel Sandby-Thomas, Shadow CEO of the Institute for Apprenticeships. The schemes are already being incorporated by employers as part of their management development programmes* providing a progression route for managers at all levels.

The schemes were developed by a group of 30 employers led by Serco and Civil Service Learning, and supported by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). They provide professional qualifications for team leader and operations manager roles, adding to the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship that was launched in November 2015. The range of apprenticeships addresses a blind-spot in UK business education, with 71% of UK organisations admitting they fail to effectively train first time managers.[1]

Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy at the Chartered Management Institute, commented:

As a nation we must get better at growing our own talent, and recognise management is a profession to be taught, not a vague set of skills picked up over time. The current funding regime gives employers an unprecedented chance to train tomorrow’s leaders, with today’s launch providing multiple entry points to suit future managers no matter where they may be on their career path. We know that investment in the next generation of managers is more than repaid by the productivity gains they deliver.”

With Sir Charlie Mayfield’s taskforce review of UK productivity due to be published later this week, today’s launch aims to address the fact that poor leadership and management is the biggest cause of the UK’s productivity shortfall[2], a deficit that sees the UK’s output per worker 18% lower than the G7 average[3]. Businesses employing apprentices have been found to deliver productivity gains of over £10,000 per annum, with each apprentice estimated to deliver an average positive net gain of £1,670 per annum to their employers[4].

To find out more about team leader, operations manager and Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships, visit:


*For a list of current apprenticeship providers, the new standards and assessment plans visit:

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About CMI

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

  • Our professional management qualifications span GCSE to PhD equivalent levels, including the unique Chartered Manager award, which increases earnings potential and improves workplace performance.
  • We provide employers and individual managers with access to the latest management thinking and with practical online support which helps them embrace change, create high performing teams and keep ahead of the curve.

  • With a member community of 130,000+ managers and leaders, we promote high standards of ethical practice through our Professional Code of Conduct, and help managers build their expertise through online networks, regional events and mentoring opportunities.

[1] Management 2020 – Report from the commission on the future of management and leadership July 2014

[2] OECD Total Factor Productivity figures