CMI partners with Hawk Training to qualify 500 professional managers

A new agreement between the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Hawk Training will see 500 managers earn professional qualifications up to the internationally-recognised Chartered Manager status over the next year.

As part of the agreement, Hawk will offer learners CMI-backed management qualifications at Level 3, Level 5 and Level 7, as well as the new breed of employer-designed Trailblazer management apprenticeships.

Students on the CMI dual-accredited management courses will also gain CMI membership and access to ManagementDirect, the CMI’s online portal containing more than 15,000 study resources which is used by tens of thousands of learners every year.

The agreement is another step forward for CMI in its mission to increase the number of professionally qualified managers and leaders. According to CMI research, seven in 10 employers fail to train first-time managers, creating a problem known in business as ‘the accidental manager’. A 2016 report by Investors in People found that poor management costs the UK £84bn a year in lost productivity.

Ann Francke, chief executive of CMI, said the agreement will help many more employers develop their management teams:

In a tough economic climate there is no doubt that developing world-class management and leadership is essential to a company's growth, and I urge employers to make sure that they support their managers to become Chartered. We're delighted to be working with Hawk Training to give 500 managers the opportunity to gain the professional skills that will benefit their employers, as well as their own career development.

Crawford Knott, managing director of Hawk Training, added:

We're delighted to be partnered with CMI. Becoming a strategic partner will support us in our ongoing commitment to deliver innovative leadership and management programmes that make a real difference to individuals and their organisations. Our shared values of passion and professionalism provide an excellent foundation for a long-term relationship with CMI.
Management is always needed in an organisation, and accredited courses are particularly important when addressing the phenomenon of the accidental manager. Our dual accreditation provides pathways for existing employees who are becoming upskilled. With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, many employers are also looking to position their levy spend on the development of their senior talent

Over 25,000 people now study a CMI dual-accredited further education qualification every year, with more than 1,000 earning Chartered Manager status. According to CMI research, Chartered Managers add up to £362,000 of value to their employers through greater performance. Four in five (80%) of Chartered Managers report that professional accreditation has benefited their careers.

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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.

About Hawk Training

Established in 1989, Hawk Training has specialised in vocational learning, training and development for almost 30 years.

Hawk currently supports over 3000 learners each year on Apprenticeship and CMI-accredited management programmes to Level 7 as well as hundreds of employers across a range of vocational sectors in both the public and private sectors. These include Business Administration, Early Years, IT, Learning and Development, Leadership and Management, Teaching and Learning, Trade Business Services and Warehousing and Storage.

Hawk enables young people to secure apprenticeship positions whilst supporting organisations to recruit apprentices and enhance their succession planning as well develop their management. Following inspection in September 2013, Hawk became the first independent learning provider in the country to be graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted under the then Common Inspection Framework. Hawk is also a founder member of the Chartered Institution of Further Education.