Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) builds a diverse pipeline of future leaders

Posted On: 
16th January 2019

New analysis from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) shows the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) is boosting social mobility and helping to build a pipeline of talented and diverse managers and leaders.

The figures show that:

  • with over 2,000 starts in 17/18, the CMDA remains one of the most popular degree apprenticeships;
  • with more female apprentices (54%) than male, the CMDA is helping to build the pipeline of future female leaders and redress the imbalance in our boardrooms;
  • with over a quarter of apprentices (27%) under 25, the CMDA is helping young people take their first steps into management; and
  • with over 2 in 5 apprentices coming from the most deprived areas of the UK, the CMDA is a great example of how degree apprenticeships can widen participation and boost social mobility.

Speaking at an event in the House of Commons to mark three years since the CMDA was launched, CMI’s Head of Policy, Rob Wall said:

“The UK needs good managers and great leaders - now more than ever."

“Today’s Chartered Manager degree apprentices are tomorrow’s senior civil servants, top business leaders and key influencers. If we are to equip all of our future managers with the skills to be confident, competent leaders than we need to accelerate investment in management development and in management apprenticeships."   

“The latest analysis shows that the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is making a huge difference. Not only in delivering the management skills needed to help solve the UK’s productivity puzzle, but also in widening participation, increasing student choice and promoting social mobility. It is time to champion and celebrate the huge success story that is the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship."   

Further information about the event and excerpts from the speeches, including from CMI CEO, Ann Francke and CEO of the Institute for Apprenticeships, Sir Gerry Berragan, are available upon request.