CMI submission to Scottish Government consultation:“Putting learners at the centre: delivering our ambitions for post-16ed...
Executive summary           The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is strongly supportive of the further education      ...
We also work with a wide range of employers across Scotland, delivery leadership and managementdevelopment information and...
(CCPMO), commissioned London Economics to conduct research into the value of holding aprofessional qualification. The rese...
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Scottish Government Consultation on the Further Education sector Dec 11

  1. 1. CMI submission to Scottish Government consultation:“Putting learners at the centre: delivering our ambitions for post-16education”December 2011Contact:Jeff LockhartChairman, CMI Wilton Philippa TuckerDirector, Policy & Research Public Affairs 0207 421 2708 Tel: 0207 421 2723 1
  2. 2. Executive summary The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is strongly supportive of the further education (FE) sector and welcomes the Scottish Government’s proposals to allow all 16 year olds, and a substantial number of 20-24 year olds, to access a further education, higher education or training place. We believe that access to further education not only provides young people with the chance to develop much-needed skills, but also encourages social mobility and helps individuals develop the habit of learning throughout their career We therefore welcome the Government’s ambition to remove barriers to FE provision, especially in response to local demand and in collaboration with local and regional employers, but would underline the importance of maintaining educational standards We also welcome the Government’s emphasis on encouraging the FE and skills sectors to develop skills which will lead to economic growth. Management and leadership skills are a key component of good business performance. The UKCES’ “Ambition 2020” report stated that “Leaders and managers are the key to successful business strategy and competitive positioning.” Yet the UK has “a relatively long tail of managers who are not well qualified and do not apply accepted management practices. Without improving UK leadership and management, we will struggle to improve economic performance”. We therefore welcome measures to link the FE sector with supporting Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), and fully support the expansion of apprenticeships, particularly higher apprenticeships, which develop the skills that SMEs need in order to grow. Management apprenticeships are an important way of enabling young people to develop their management skills, and thus contribute to more productive organisations, and we would welcome the opportunity to raise the profile of management apprenticeships in Scotland CMI and other professional bodies have an important role to play in collaborating with the FE sector and employers to ensure qualifications reflect employers’ needs, meet professional standards, provide professional recognition and continuing professional development (CPD) for learners. We support the Government’s aim of making learner journeys from FE to higher education easier, and vocational qualifications more responsive to employer needs We are keen for the FE sector to maintain its essential role in facilitating social mobility and providing learners of all ages with the opportunity to gain more skills, particularly employability skills We fully support the principle that the FE sector should be “well led” and welcome this emphasis on good leadership skills. Leadership and management skills are associated with 1 higher performing schools and with good school management, and we welcome the Scottish Government’s emphasis on developing the leadership and management skills of school leaders across all age rangesAbout CMIThe Chartered Management Institute is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated topromoting the highest standards of management and leadership excellence. CMI sets the standardthat others follow.We are very active in Scotland with 44 approved centres across the country delivering ourqualifications (including City of Edinburgh Council, Fife Council, City of Glasgow College, DundeeCollege, the Scottish Police College, Edinburgh Napier University and the University of West ofScotland).1 “Improving Leadership in Scottish Schools” (HMI Quality, Standards and Audit Division, 2000) 2
  3. 3. We also work with a wide range of employers across Scotland, delivery leadership and managementdevelopment information and advice, including for the Forestry Commission, KCA Deutag, Morris andSpottiswood, Visit Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway Council.As a membership organisation, CMI has been providing forward-thinking advice and support toindividuals and businesses for more than 50 years, and continues to give managers and leaders, andthe organisations they work in, the tools they need to improve their performance and make an impact.As well as equipping individuals with the skills, knowledge and experience to be excellent managersand leaders, CMI’s products and services support the development of management and leadershipexcellence across both public and private sector organisations.Through in-depth research and policy surveys of its 90,000 individual members CMI maintains itsposition as the premier authority on key management and leadership issues.CMI has an extensive network of approved centres around the UK, which are authorised to deliver ourqualifications. To date there are 680 centres around the country, many of which are FE colleges. Wetherefore offer our qualifications to a wide range of FE learners through a flexible system of creditbased learning units. We are also able to develop new qualifications in response to the needs ofemployers, such as the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship in Management (Level 5) and the SCQFLevel 6 in First Line Management.We also have a close relationship with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), via which all of ourqualifications are accredited for delivery in Scotland. CMI jointly certificates all SQA’s coremanagement qualifications based on HN and SVQ units.Specific commentsWe have responded to the issues raised in the consultation document and, where relevant, answeredspecific questions as set out at the end of the document. Flexible learner journeysWe welcome the Government’s emphasis on easing the learner’s journey through the FE and skillssystem, and note that all CMI’s qualifications are available on the Scottish Credit and QualificationsFramework (SCQF), which means that learners can take a flexible approach to learning by takingshort courses or building up credits which can be “banked” later, when they decide to take a higherqualification. We support the Government’s aim that institutions should make better use of the SCQF.It is essential that, particularly in the current economic climate, when the need to combine furthereducation and part-time work may be more pressing, young people are encouraged to explore flexibleways of learning and engaging with the FE system. Apprenticeship in Management and higher level apprenticeshipsCMI is fully supportive of offering vocational apprenticeships as a way of developing the skills ofyoung people, particularly at a time when full-time jobs are in short supply. CMI can supportmanagement qualifications at various levels, and which can be offered as part of an apprenticeship.We also support the policy intention of promoting specific training opportunities via partnershipsbetween employers or specialist providers. We have just completed the management content for aLevel 5 Apprenticeship, which will open up access to skills development to a wider range of learnersthan could traditionally access the higher education sector.We would welcome the opportunity of highlighting apprenticeships in Scotland, so as to encourageyoung people to develop their professional management skills before they take up a managementposition, and thus avoid becoming “accidental managers” (ie those who are promoted to amanagement position without any qualifications or training). Widening accessIn addition to evidence cited in para 54 about the value of qualifications, we would like to highlightsome further research, which may be useful to the Scottish Government. In 2008 CMI and otherprofessional bodies, through the Consultative Committee for Professional Management Organisations 3
  4. 4. (CCPMO), commissioned London Economics to conduct research into the value of holding aprofessional qualification. The research found that the estimated lifetime economic benefit associatedwith holding professional qualifications, and membership of a professional institute is approximately£152,000 (£81,000 from holding professional qualifications and £71,000 from holding membership of 2a professional institute).We support the proposals set out in this section to improve engagement with the most vulnerableyoung people, those who have disengaged with education and those who are not fulfilling theirpotential. CMI Scotland has developed a work experience programme in Scotland which has beenvery successful, working with local and regional employers, and aimed at the most able, rather thanthe most vulnerable.Building on this work, we will be working in Scotland with the 14-21 age group in schools and FEcolleges to offer leadership and management qualifications. This will start with a pilot programme in acouple of schools, and we will keep the Government updated with progress made with this importantproject.Another important point in terms of flexible learning is that CMI has a wide-ranging online learningoffer, which we have developed to be delivered as part of distance-learning packages, to suit theneeds and time-constraints of the learner. These innovative resources can be adapted to particularsectors’ or employers’ needs, and can also be personalised by the learner according to his or herdevelopment needs. In this way we help to ensure that management and leadership development isfully flexible, innovative and sensitive to market demands. Aligning non-advanced learning and skills with jobs and growthWe believe the FE sector has an increasingly important role to play in helping people improve theirskills and find work, at a time when specific skills gaps still exist.For example, in December 2008 the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) published 3its first annual forecast on where future jobs will be created and identified management as by far thefastest growing occupation. By 2017, it estimates that the net requirement for new managers will be2.2m, with 802,000 additional management jobs created. The report concludes that the UK is atserious risk of not being able to meet this demand for management skills, highlighting managementas a high priority skills need for immediate action.Part of the challenge for the FE sector is, as the consultation document rightly acknowledges, the“need to be as clear as possible about the skills, qualifications and wider attributes learners [needed]to be successful in the future.”We would encourage the Scottish Government to consider providing more support for leadership andmanagement qualifications and skills development, which would chime with its policy of placing“particular emphasis on skills development in key sectors and those offering significant jobopportunities where demand is strong and where further opportunities are likely to emerge.” Asmentioned above, managers across the UK are significantly under-qualified, and an investment inleadership and management skills now would provide good return on investment for the Scottisheconomy in years to come. Need for effective leadership and management of collegesWe welcome the acknowledgement that good leadership and management is essential to deliver ahigh-quality, effective and efficient FE sector. We look forward to seeing further details regarding thisproposal and in particular the role that professional standards and accreditation will play inrecognising effective leadership and management across the FE sector.CMI Scotland2 “An Economic Impact Assessment of the CCPMO”. London Economics, December 20083 “Working Futures 2007 – 2017”. UKCES, December 2008 4
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