CMI Highlights – 15 November

Wednesday 15 November 2023
It’s conference season for CMI. Plus, CMI releases its latest research around insecure work and celebrates a mega 10,000 apprentice End Point Assessments
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Dear all,

CMI’s research on the impact of good and bad management – Management Takes Responsibility – continues to drive discussion across the world.

Referencing the report’s findings, Grazia magazine shared the personal experience of a marketing professional who resigned from her job due to a toxic work environment; Gulf News explored how we can leverage the capabilities of AI to foster great leadership; and FastCompany delved into how a lack of training is widening the gap between management and leadership.

Management takes responsibility

CMI’s Anthony Painter led a discussion on the findings at the recent Anthropy UK conference in Cornwall. Learn more here.

The CMI team has been on other platforms: 

  • At the Institute for Government conference, CMI’s CEO, Ann Francke OBE, participated in a panel discussion around what makes a good minister, discussing the notion that government ministers need to cultivate self-awareness. Watch the sessions back here and find out more here.
  • Speaking at the Benefits Expert Summit, CMI’s policy and innovation manager, Hamish Shah, highlighted crucial aspects of the modern workplace, such as the lack of formal management training, the productivity advantages of EDI, and the significance of effective management and trust in hybrid and remote work settings. Learn more here.

Managing insecurity

CMI and the Work Foundation estimate that 6.2 million people in the UK are in what can be defined as “severely insecure jobs.” Our new report found that many of these people feel they must compromise security to get the flexibility they need.

Managers have a critical role in supporting employees in insecure work, says Ann Francke in her recent Times column. CMI’s Anthony Painter explains more in this piece for The New Statesman.

If this is an issue you feel strongly about, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Please get in touch with us at

10,000 new apprentices!

Ofqual has released its first-ever apprenticeship assessment statistics, revealing that CMI delivered more than 10,000 End Point Assessments in the year to February 2023! There’s more about CMI’s apprenticeship offer here.

CMI continues to make the case for adjustments to the Apprenticeship Levy to better suit employer needs. Daisy Hooper, CMI’s head of policy and innovation, published a piece in FE News emphasising the need for more flexibility, as well as a clear definition of what flexibility really means. Learn more here.

CMI has also been busy engaging with students in the Midlands to build their career confidence. A CMI team visited students at Nottingham Business School, while Anthony Painter and Daisy Hooper led a session at Coventry University focused on CMI’s “Everyone Economy” campaign.

What makes a good NHS manager?

CMI also continues to advocate for better management across the public sector. Anthony Painter joined the National Health Executive podcast to discuss CMI’s report, A picture of health? Listen back here.

Fresh insights

This week, CMI Insights zooms in on personal development: 

Finally, the CMI team recently touched back down in the UK after a brilliant trip to our local chapters in the Asia-Pacific region. Don’t miss Ann Francke OBE’s top five takeaways from the trip here

Kind regards, 



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