17th April 2019

South Devon College values strong and organised leadership. The skills that come with leadership are ones that require training as being born with all the skills needed is unlikely. Our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) can take leaders and aspiring managers from operational to strategic, futureproofing their plans and developing their workforce. The UK needs good managers and great leaders, now more than ever. If the UK is to prosper in the coming years it will be critical to accelerate the pipeline of talented future leaders.

According to CMI’s Head of Policy Rob Wall, “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 CMDA also seeks to help develop what are known as ‘accidental managers’, who have worked their way up into a vacancy of management without necessarily having all the skills required, and prolonging the support for successful leadership.

We have an excellent 10 year relationship with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and have a superb rate of success delivering management apprenticeships that produce fully qualified practitioners in management and leadership. We were one of the first institutions to complete the End Point Assessment for the CMDA, with 100% success rate. Karen Squire, Programme Coordinator for Management and Leadership at South Devon College, was given the opportunity to be the guest speaker at CMI’s 2018 event, ‘Start with the end in mind’. She said: “We have worked in successful collaboration with CMI for a long time in delivering the best possible courses, enriching many with all the skills needed for management and leadership. If ever there were an ideal opportunity for businesses to train up managers, then now is the time. It is rare to pursue any qualification for such a low cost, let alone a Chartered Manager Institute backed programme. It’s an affordable opportunity to provide your workforce with CPD that will develop a much wider skillset, give them a degree, and prepare them for a bright future in management and leadership.” This makes studying a CMDA at South Devon College a unique opportunity to share the best practice with other organisations.

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Using the governments Apprenticeship Levy Fund, employer contribution is now at only 5%, meaning you can provide your managers with an honours degree in Leadership and Management, the Chartered Managers Degree Apprenticeship as well as the achievement of Chartered Manager status, for as little as £31.25 per month over two years at South Devon College.

For apprentices on the CMDA, CMI research shows that a degree is an essential part of the programme. It is for employers too, who want their managers and leaders to hold management and business degrees. CMI found that organisations with effective management and leadership development programmes have on average 23% better results and are 32% more productive. They also found that 83% of Chartered Managers say they are more productive as a consequence of their training and development, and CMI calculates their average added value to an organisation is £391,443.

To find out more about CMDA and what it can mean for you to your business, visit our next CMDA Taster Day on Friday 24th May, 9:30am – 4:00pm at the Vantage Point Campus, Long Road, Paignton, TQ4 7EJ. Register online to let us know if you are coming.

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