CMI apprenticeship programmes boasts 79% distinction rate

Article summary: PETA’s CMI (Chartered Management Institute) management apprenticeship programmes continue to be extremely successful, with over 100 learners passing their End Point Assessment (EPA) and 79% of those achieving a distinction since the standards were introduced in 2017.

PETA offers two paths to develop management and leadership skills via the Apprenticeship route, both of which offer individuals the opportunity to secure a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Diploma, seen as a prestigious and recognised Management and Leadership Qualification in the business world.  These pathways can lead to Chartered Management status and are a great stepping stone towards a degree.

Apprenticeships offer an alternative, rich and blended approach to building the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to become a confident and competent leader.  Through blending attendance to core modules of learning either at PETA centres or via virtual learning (or a mixture of both), this is underpinned by supportive coaching delivered every six weeks and the benefit of working with a peer group of similar managers who are keen to build their management capabilities.

Starting with a skills analysis to determine how an Apprenticeship can add value and build on existing skills or qualifications, each approach is personalised throughout the programme and delivered by a personal learning and development coach, with meetings every six weeks. This is combined with ‘taught’ sessions delivered by a team of specialists who bring a depth of experience and knowledge to share as part of the learning journey.

These programmes attract apprentices from a range of industries and roles, including client services, engineering and manufacturing, with many coming from in and around Hampshire but also as far as north Devon. As a sustained approach to learning over a period of time, both employers and individuals find the Apprenticeship route as a practical, flexible and realistic approach to skills development.

The Level 3 programme runs for 18 months and covers topics including:

  • Principles of Management and Leadership
  • Managing a Team to Achieve Results
  • Building Stakeholder Relationships using Effective Communication
  • Contributing to the Delivery of a Project
  • Managing Daily Activities to Achieve Results
  • Managing Data and Information
  • Managing Own Personal and Professional Development
  • Managing Budgets and Resources

The Level 5 programme is 24 months and encompasses the following themes:

  • Principles of Operational Leadership and Management in an Organisational Context
  • Principles of Developing, Managing and Leading Individuals and Teams to Achieve Success
  • Managing Stakeholder Relationships
  • Managing Projects to Achieve Results
  • Managing Change
  • Creating and Delivering Operational Plans
  • Managing Finance
  • Using Reflective Practice to Inform Personal and Professional Development

Paced throughout the programme, each learner will complete a number of assignments to successfully secure their CMI Diploma. They then enter a period called End Point Assessment (EPA), which contains a number of elements including the submission of a portfolio, live assessments with the assessor, presentations and professional discussions. 

PETA’s Management and Business Training Manager, Phil Mirner said: “Since the inception of the apprenticeship standards, PETA has been invested in supporting the development of management teams through the delivery of these qualifications.  Organisations have been keen to work with us to support individuals on this learning and development journey, as they see the benefit of what is included in the apprenticeship programme.  With over 95% of Apprentices achieving Distinction or Merit grades during 2020/21, this programme has proved to be a robust approach to embedding those critical skills required by leaders today. 

“PETA have chosen to partner with the CMI to include a diploma qualification as part of the delivery, and with the potential upskilling of maths and English also included, the Level 3 and Level 5 qualifications offer a truly holistic approach to management that demonstrates the knowledge to be an effective manager and leader, as well as how to utilise these skills in the business environment.”  

Scott Burgess, a Production Engineering Manager for Runfold Plastics said: “I commenced the CMI Level 5 just as the pandemic began. This did not disrupt my learning however as PETA arranged fantastic zoom training so I could easily engage with the tutors and my classmates. I have learnt huge amounts of useful practises and theories which I have been able to utilise at work during the last two years and this has helped my career progression and benefited my organisation.

“The qualification has given me confidence in my abilities and affirmed my skills and expertise. Phil Mirner has gone above and beyond to assist me and ensure I am fully supported by PETA during my course. I highly recommend this course and PETA as a training body.” 

To find out more about the CMI apprenticeship programmes, please get in touch.


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