Inspiring the Future

12 November 2018

CMI members supporting the next generation of managers and leaders

CMI research shows that management skills are one of the qualities most valued by employers in school and college leavers. And according to the latest CBI education and skills survey, demand for managers is only set to increase – with 7 out of 10 businesses expecting to need more employees with management and leadership skills over the next 3-5 years.

CMI wants to see all students and graduates taught management, enterprise and leadership skills, and we already work with a range of employers and education partners to help achieve this.

But we also need to engage and inform young people directly about the world of work and about the skills they will need to succeed in the workplace. We know that many young people get their knowledge about jobs and careers from their parents or their teachers or their mobiles but this advice is often inadequate.

The Inspiring the Future campaign aims to change this by giving all young people, whatever their background, real insights into careers, jobs and educational routes.

Many CMI members have already registered to volunteer at least an hour of their time to visit a school near where they live or work to chat informally to young people. They have done so using a free secure on-line matchmaking service - Inspiring the Future, and its Inspiring Women and Primary Futures campaigns.

Many young people have little or no idea about the range of career routes available, or about the importance of management skills. Can you help us change this? All you need to do is to volunteer an hour a year at a time to suit you.

It takes just 3 mins to sign up and then teachers can invite you to visit. You can decide what you want to do – you could chat informally to small groups of kids, answering questions about your career, or give feedback on CVs or tips on interview techniques or just explain how management and leadership skills are relevant to the job you do.

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