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Launch of CMI/ILM Progression and Credit Exemption is Brilliant

At 9.00am on 26 June 2013 HEART launched the outcomes of our work with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) in developing a suite of progression opportunities, many with credit exemptions, into qualifications offered by 9 HEART partners.



Charles Elvin, Chief Executive Officer of ILM simply said “Brilliant!”

David Pardey (ILM Head of Research & Policy) stated:  

“Everyone was mesmerised by it, and said that you have set the bar for every other region.”



Funding to support this development came via the Association of Colleges (AoC) who has managed six projects in total, all exploring routes from Qualification & Curriculum Framework qualifications to the Higher Education Qualification Framework.


Leeds City Region (LCR) requires enhanced leadership and management skills to support economic growth.

As the higher education representative for West Yorkshire on the LCR Skills Network; HEART recognised the opportunity to work with the two major professional leadership awarding bodies to support simplified progression.


The breakfast launch was attended by CMI and ILM centres from across Yorkshire and neighbouring areas such as Sunderland, Durham, Manchester and Sheffield.  The launch acknowledged the tremendous support provided by AoC, CMI, ILM and the HEART partners involved to bring about the resulting searchable database.  It was noted that 87 progression routes are available and that 61 of these offer credit exemptions, making it quicker and saving money to complete higher level awards.

Keith Madeley MBE, also known as Mr Yorkshire, attended in his capacity as a LCR Higher Level Skills Ambassador and stated:

” Having been appointed an Higher Level Skills Ambassador for HEART, I attended my first event today to hear about the launch of a new initiative with CMI and ILM.  A number of attendees present stated this was the best model they had seen for a long time and praised Ian and his team for the tremendous amount of effort that had been put in to the project.  I am very pleased to be involved and will encourage others to do so.”

Terry Biscomb, a provider of CMI qualifications, said:

“This is fantastic.  We should have had this ten years ago.”

HEART are keen to support transfer of our learning and AoC have moved quickly to bring in key players in the sector along with CMI and ILM representatives to explore how other regions can be supported in developing similar opportunities.