Explaining CIMSPA's professional standards matrix


Spencer Moore, CIMSPA
Jeff Lynch, GLL

The session had two main aims:

  • Exploring what is meant by a professional standards matrix
  • An employer’s perspective of the professional standards matrix

Defining a professional standards matrix

Spencer Moore, CIMSPA, outlined:

  • The mandate CIMSPA have been given from government and DCMS to identify the key occupations in our sector, develop professional standards for those occupations and accredit/endorse qualifications and training providers that align to the standards.
  • The current approach from government (department for education) on technical education, discussing the potential impact of the report of the Independent Panel on Technical Education, chaired by Lord Sainsbury.
  • The current education system in the sector – as invested either by government or by individuals. Outlining over £1.1.billion per year that is spent on training the workforce in our sector, but event with this we have a number of skills gaps and a huge churn rate of employees.
  • CIMSPA’s approach to the development of professional standards – its purpose and priorities.


An employer’s perspective of the professional standards matrix

Jeff Lynch, GLL, explained:

  • The challenges they face echoing the sector’s concerns – a large churn of people, large number of vacancies (particularly in entry level roles) and the potential impact of Brexit.
  • GLL’s vision for their workforce, the occupational maps they have developed and the graduate and management programmes they use.
  • The impact of the apprenticeship levy for GLL, how they are utilising this to upskill their existing workforce and fill vacancies.
  • GLL’s commitment to supporting CIMSPA to develop the professional standards matrix, with a view to having a single qualifications framework that the whole sector can benefit from.