The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world’s leading professional marketing body, champion of customer engagement and best practice in the industry, has announced the launch of its first sector-specific Marketing Programme for the construction industry.
This is an initiative which Pinnacle Consulting wholly supports, as our research has shown that once a marketeer starts a career in the construction industry, they stay in it for a long time. However, opportunities in those early stages can be rare and the chance for marketeers to have an enhanced understanding of our unique industry is very welcome. We will certainly be recommending to suitable candidates that that investigate this programme as a key part of their career development. It is something companies should also be looking to provide to some of their team members.
This programme incorporates an internationally recognised CIM qualification, offers additional training opportunities and has been specifically designed to equip professionals with core marketing expertise combined with an understanding of the particular requirements of this complex and critical industry.
CIM and its Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG) have been working together to develop the programme and CIMCIG have been instrumental in providing industry insight and ensuring that the programme meets the needs of the industry.
The skills shortage is a widely recognised challenge for the construction industry in the UK; with one fifth of all vacancies persistently hard to fill because employers cannot recruit staff with the right skills, qualifications or experience and the demand is forecast to rise even further. The marketing discipline is not immune. The CIM programme has been developed based on research into the Industry carried out by CIMCIG, which highlighted the demand for relevant training and a general disquiet around the level of skills in many marketing teams.
Mike Lomax, Chair of CIM’s Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG) and a seasoned construction sector marketer, observed: “Worth over £1 billion per year and responsible for 10% of the working population, the construction sector is both hugely significant and individual in character. CIM’s new Marketing Programme will provide a solid foundation for junior marketers and individuals in a marketing support role within the construction industry. It will equip them with the practical skills and knowledge they can apply immediately to make a positive impact on their business and industry.”
The CIM Marketing Programme for the construction industry includes the CIM Level Three Foundation qualification and combines CIM course material with insight, case studies and practical knowledge provided by construction specialists. Every individual enrolled will also be working under the guidance of their own mentor, whose role will be to support the student in learning about the wider industry, giving an insight that goes beyond both the classroom and the student’s own workplace.
For more information about CIM’s new Marketing Programme, please visit: http://www.cimacademy.co.uk/qualifications/sector-specific-qualifications/
Chris Daly, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), adds: “A CIM qualification gives a solid grounding for a marketing career and professional marketing is a recognised driver of business growth. I am delighted that CIM has partnered with the construction sector to address the marketing skills gap and enable new marketers to gain the right skills and behaviours needed to contribute to the growth of an absolutely vital industry.”
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The initiative is supported by the Builders Merchant Federation, Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership services Director, said: “While the BMF offers a number of merchant specific qualifications designed to help junior and middle managers progress in their careers, until now we have not had a specific marketing qualification within our prospectus. We are delighted to endorse the CIM Foundation Certificate in Marketing for Construction and believe it will be attractive to both our merchant and supplier members.”