National efforts to boost the profile of managers got a push last month with the official launch of the Institute of Leadership and Management.
"The institute has nailed its colours firmly to its mast by including the word 'leadership' in its title," said Gary Ince, ILM's chief executive. "Our pledge to our current and future members, stakeholders and partners is that the ILM will uphold the highest standards of integrity and service in providing those skills upon which the UK's social and economic wellbeing depends."
The ILM hopes to play a key role in creating a clear and concise career pathway for individuals from supervisory roles through to senior management by offering a practical range of opportunities, qualifications and advice for continuing professional development.
The launch coincides with the creation of a new suite of management qualifications linked to the national framework at levels 2 to 5, which will replace qualifications for the existing National Examination Board for Supervision & Management (NEBS) and Institute for Supervision and Management (ISM)
Created principally by the merger of these two organisations, ILM has also secured close links and partnerships with other players in the qualifications and development arena, including City & Guilds and Investors in People.
"Creating strategic partnerships is far better than working in isolation," said IIP's chief executive Ruth Spell-man, who introduced its new management and leadership model at the launch event. "We all need to focus on the real needs of the workforce if our organisations are to be any help."
By Simon Kent