In spite of the fact that 90 per cent of the 1,185 managers surveyed said qualifications made them perform better and 87 per cent reported an increase in the quality of their work, four in ten feel they were not supported by their employer in making full use of the new skills.
A further 40 per cent of bosses did not even talk to their employees about their new knowledge, and so missed vital opportunities to raise standards across the workforce.
Line managers were identified as a particular barrier, with one in five not providing support for studying managers and 79 per cent failing to set objectives for learning.
Just 16 per cent of managers were asked to train other staff on new skills and knowledge once they had gained their qualification.
CMI chief executive Ann Francke said the research should be a "wake-up call" for employers, noting that good management needs to be top down.
"It's no good educating your middle managers, if your senior managers are failing to support them. It's as simple as this - if you have qualified managers in your midst and you aren't using them, you're missing out," she said.
Ms Francke said a "step-change" is needed to place qualifications at the heart of management training and development and ensure support at all levels.
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Source: The Sales Director News