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30 May 2012
CMI has welcomed "Fair Access to Professional Careers", the progress report by Rt. Hon. Alan Milburn, the Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility and Child Poverty, published today.
Petra Wilton, CMI Director of Policy and Research says:
"This progress report is a timely reminder of the continued need to improve access to the professions. With youth unemployment so high, much more can still be done to support young people into professional careers. The UKCES skills report published last week demonstrated that future jobs growth will be in the professional occupations and the demand for professional managers is particularly strong, with over half a million new jobs set to be created by 2020.
"It is disappointing that there is still no recognition of management as a profession within the report. By continuing to focus on the long-established and regulated professions such as medicine and law, we believe the Government is missing a real opportunity to engage with the best practice offered by newer professions. Business disciplines such as management and leadership, HR, marketing and purchasing and procurement are formally recognised by Government and employers as professions through their chartered status and codes of professional conduct – and they have a critical role to play in driving up standards and skills.
"With over 5.4 million managers in the UK workforce, management is a growing profession that can offer social mobility across all sectors. It is an excellent example of a profession which provides numerous pathways for progression for individuals from all socio-economic and educational backgrounds and at all stages of their career. As such, the Chartered Management Institute is an active member of Professions for Good, which promotes the values of professionalism and supports the Government's long terms social mobility strategy.
"As part of work to help raise young people's aspiration and employability as management professionals, Campus CMI, our innovative programme offers short introductory qualifications in team-leading and management to 14-19 year olds. We have now awarded 5,000 such qualifications through over 150 schools and intend to double this number within three years."