Operations has its first six Chartered Managers, marking the culmination of a leadership development programme launched by Submarine Solutions.
There is now a Chartered Manager on each of the next three Astute class submarines under construction, and the demand for places on Chartered Management Institute (CMI) programmes this year is described as “overwhelming”.
Graham Ingham, one of the six Operations and now a Chartered Member of the CMI, said: “This will give extra confidence to the customer, and highlight that we take pride in how we manage Operations.”
Jamie Gilchrist, another of the six, said: “The additional confidence this qualification gives you is demonstrated in how we perform our duties, and people joining the course have seen how we have stepped up.”
In fact Learning and Development Manager Alan Robson says a major spin-off benefit is the way the six have formed an informal “coalition” to make contact with others taking, or thinking of taking, the course, offering help, advice and support.
The courses were launched in partnership with Lancaster and Morecambe College in 2008, after Investors in People assessor Fred Ayres identified professional manager development as an issue for the business.
This added CMI level 5 and level 7 qualifications as progression from the existing management NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) and Institute of Leadership and Management qualifications.
It provides development for existing or aspiring managers and completes the Leadership Framework.
The first level 7 cohort began in March 2008 with 12 students and the first level 5 cohort the following September with 11 students.
Alan said: “The response this year has been overwhelming. We have got 18 students lined up for level 5 and 14 for level 7.”
Jamie, Jim Gardiner, John Nixon, Iaian Davies, and Russ Rushton all qualified for membership of the CMI through gaining a level 7 executive diploma in management, and Graham through gaining a Master of Business Administration degree. The next logical step was to become Chartered Managers.
In order to gain charterhship they had to submit verified evidence that they had made an impact on the business, and undergo a 360˚ review, by senior managers, peers and reports, to verify that they are operating at chartered management level.
This culminated in a 15 minute presentation by each candidate to a CMI panel on the impact they had made on the business, followed by a 45 minute panel interview.
Graham said: “You couldn’t use any props, such as PowerPoint slides, so you really had to know your stuff.”
Russ added: “You had to be spot on your 15 minutes. The woman chairing my panel looked over the top of her glasses and said I had taken 30 seconds longer!”
In addition to the confidence and status conferred by the external recognition that a candidate is operating at a high level, chartership also brings access to a range of CMI resources, such as Human Resources and legal advice and general best practice.
Jim Gardiner said: “I would encourage anyone given the opportunity to follow this route and we would definitely support anyone to gain this achievement.”
Moving forward Alan Robson confirmed; “Upon completion of our current CMI Level 7 cohort and budget permitting, this year we plan to put forward 6 candidates for the Chartered Manager award.”