New CMI training route launches at university

Published: Autumn 2017

CMI Board members David Sullivan and Peter Fisher were delighted to attend the launch of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship at a university in the Southern region.

Keith Richardson on the skills gap 

The University Of Winchester is now accredited by the Chartered Management Institute to deliver the new breed of degree level apprenticeship which combine career boosting practical skills alongside academic development. The management knowledge is developed through campus and work-based learning and experience.

According to CMI, the average apprentice increases productivity within business by £214 per week. Peter Fisher FCMI CMgr, talking about the latest university in the region to provide the qualification, said: “This is great news for the local economy. This was also shown by businesses showing their support at the launch event.”

At the launch event, Keith Richardson, CMI’s Head of HE Partner Development, spoke about how the institute was tackling management skills shortages. He highlighted how the government’s new apprenticeship levy could support organisations access training to bridge the knowledge gaps.

David Sullivan, Acting Chair of CMI Southern Board, said: “The drive for greater effectiveness for universities and for their students requires higher education (HE) institutions to deliver more practical experience for students to boost their employability, encourage a desire for lifelong learning and ultimately improve their students’ leadership and management skills.

“These aims closely mirror the aims of the CMI and more than half of the UK universities (82/140) are formally partnering with the CMI. Together, the CMI and its partner higher education institutions are improving the employability of students, enriching their learning experiences and providing professional experience and development pathways.”

He highlighted the work of the Southern Regional Board and its role in providing ongoing support and encouragement to CMI and universities in the region. David is pictured (above) talking with Head of Department Lisa Harding on ways the university and regional board can work together to support managers in the area.

“CMI Southern Regional members provide support to universities and the institute”

The Chartered Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) programme has been co-designed with employers to support new and aspiring managers to develop the skills and understanding they need to develop as future managers and leaders. Employees who successfully complete the programme will receive a degree in Business Management and Leadership and gain full Chartered Manager status.

Stella McKnight, Director for Employer Partnerships at the University of Winchester and a Chartered Manager, said: “Degree Apprenticeships are a brilliant way to study for a degree while working in a professional environment, delivering the best of both worlds. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute to help foster the next generation of professional managers.

“At Winchester, we have a strong track record in delivering employer-led programmes. These programmes maintain the excellent standards of teaching and learning that the University is renowned for and combine the academic depth and discipline of a Winchester degree with learning in the workplace.”

CMI’s HE Development Manager and Jas Sandhu, the HE Engagement Manager for the Southern Region, also attended the launch event to showcase the partnership with the University. (left, Jas is pictured talking with Lisa Harding)

Ian Myson, Director of Higher Education Partnerships at CMI, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the University of Winchester to offer students the triple guarantee of a quality degree, on-the-job experience and professional Chartered Manager status. Apprentices of all ages can learn as they earn, providing them with the work-ready skills employers are looking for and make them stand out in the competitive job market.”

The new Chartered Manager programme launched at a special business breakfast event at the Winchester Business School on Wednesday 20 September. David Way CBE, former CEO of the National Apprenticeship Service and Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester led a panel session which includes representatives of managers from businesses already working in partnership with the University.

Professor Pru Marriott presented with the plaque by CMI’s Keith Richardson

Professor Pru Marriott, Dean of Faculty Business Law and Sport, spoke about how pleased she was to be working with CMI and saw the signing of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship as the relationship growing with the institute. She talked about universities having responsibility to develop leaders and highlighted Winchester’s commitment to management education.

A member of the University’s team, Carole Parkes, was appointed in August 2017 as a Special Advisor to the United Nations for the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Carole is Professor of Global Issues and Responsible Management. The appointment recognised her work with the PRME global community in advancing social responsibility and values in business teaching and research in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals​. The University of Winchester Business School was a very early signatory to the Principles and hosts the PRME UK and Ireland Regional Chapter, of which Professor Parkes is Chair.

 The event featured a session with local business people chaired by Professor David Way CBE from Knowledge Exchange and panellists Sarah Carter, Shahah Alom, one of the CMDA students, Rebecca Cackett and Ian Blackesley.




Pictured left, Keith talks with Rebecca Cackett, European Channel Marketing Manager at Kidde,






Resources on CMDA

Blogs on Apprenticeships & HE

> Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships (CMI website)


Thank you to David Sullivan for providing the original photographs.