The value of qualifications is in the standards they set

Alan Johnson is right to say ‘no’ to companies awarding their own qualifications (Employers denied self-accreditation, Personnel Today, 26 June).

How can UK plc address the skills crisis if organisations have no national benchmark with which to judge their standards of competence? Many leading employers already work with awarding bodies to accredit their training.

It’s vital we continue to expand such existing arrangements, which provide externally recognised and transferable skills rather than creating new systems.

It is of great concern that only 20% of the UK’s 4.5 million managers have a management qualification.
Unless organisations prioritise investment in management skills for current and future leaders against a nationally recognised framework, there is a real danger that we will not be making the right management decisions needed to build the UK’s international competitiveness.

Petra Wilton,
Head of public affairs,
Chartered Management Institute

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