The Chartered Management Institute has launched an online leadership and management qualification for ‘accidental managers’ so they can get the skills they need.
The CMI has teamed up with digital experts AVADO to create a Level 5 Diploma which will tackle eight key areas in management, including the principles of management and leadership, reflective practice and professional development and managing change. The course is equivalent to a foundation degree and is suitable for junior and mid‐level managers. Completion of the diploma is a key step towards Chartered Manager status – the highest professional status for managers.
The CMI says over three million people are employed as managers in the UK, yet only one in five hold a management qualification.
The first 12 month course starts in September 2018, and is fully online, allowing learners to study flexibly in their own time, get regular support from their own personal tutor and follow a guided set of milestones to keep them on track. It includes training on how to manage remote workers.
“When it comes to significant training, managers are hugely neglected. But now more and more organisations are realising that investment in management training will pay dividends. Of course, managers are busy people and their superiors may not want them continually out of office on training courses. This is where AVADO can help. Our online training courses will allow managers to develop the knowledge and skills they need to progress their careers at a time that suits them.
“Managers and leaders are increasingly required to operate in a manner that takes into account the challenges of the digital age. They need to be more responsive, fluid and up-to-date. AVADO’s course will cover the key topics that apply to a traditional leadership and management skills but will also apply a digital lens to ensure managers are able to apply what they have learned in a digital context,” said Mark Walker, Head of Product Development at AVADO.