Posted on Wednesday 18 July 2012 by Ulster Business

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Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning and CIM Ireland Board Member Anne Doherty

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is calling upon marketing professionals in Northern Ireland to register for its continuous professional development programme as it approaches the deadline for this year’s submissions.

The CIM CPD programme works towards the organisation’s Chartered Marketer status – the only organisation with authority to award this status in recognition of professional excellence. Chartered Marketer status is the sign of a qualified marketer who has shown commitment to keeping up-to-date by completing at least two years consecutive CPD of at least 35 hours per annum. Chartered Marketers continue 35 hours CPD per annum as long as they wish to retain Chartered status.

Highlighting the importance of skills development to Northern Ireland’s economic recovery and recognising the value of life-long learning, Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning, said: “It is a priority for me that we work to upskill the workforce in Northern Ireland. This will, in turn, have the result of helping to grow the Northern Ireland economy. This is no less true for the business discipline of marketing.

“The economic climate means marketing practitioners, like every other businesses in Northern Ireland, will face new challenges. The key to success will be flexibility and having the necessary skills to support the growth of our local economy.”

Richard Houdmont, CIM Director of Ireland said, “Marketing is fast-moving and continuing professional development allows you to update and improve your knowledge and skills throughout your working life. It improves your effectiveness and demonstrates your commitment to professionalism. It allows you to track your progress and receive recognition for your achievements, helping to increase confidence and giving you additional credibility as a professional marketer. So it's a great way of standing out from the crowd in a competitive job market too”.

For further details of the Chartered CPD programme and how to progress to Chartered Marketer status go to www.cim.co.uk. Closing date for submissions is 31st July 2012.

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