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Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
The promotion, facilitation and development of all forms of private dispute resolution
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is a not-for-profit, UK registered charity working in the public interest through an international network of branches. It has a global membership of around 12,500 individuals who have professional training or experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR).We exist for the global promotion, facilitation and development of all forms of private dispute resolution to maximise the contribution that dispute resolution practitioners make.
Website: http://www.ciarb.org
Recruitment link: http://www.ciarb.org/education-and-training/course-finder/

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Chartered Institute of Building
Represents for the public benefit the most diverse set of professionals in the construction industry
The CIOB represents for the public benefit the most diverse set of professionals in the construction industry. Our members are construction professionals with a commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest possible standards. CIOB membership is for people who are serious about their career, have international ambitions and are committed to developing their skills and expertise.
Website: http://www.ciob.org
Qualifications and Training
The CIOB’s qualifications are the gold standard for professionals in construction management worldwide. Chartered Member status and the designations MCIOB and FCIOB are respected internationally as the mark of true construction professionalism. Through our accreditation of education and training courses, countless individuals have experienced, and continue to experience a rewarding career in the built environment. Our framework of education requirements reflects the needs of a progressive industry, and our inclusive approach recognises and qualifies members from a broad range of backgrounds. This helps to ensure that significant career development opportunities are available for anyone working in the built environment.
Career Resources
Through a partnership that was established in 1994, Hays Construction offers CIOB members a priority service to help you find the right construction job and access to the latest advice to ensure you reach your potential. CIOB members benefit from a national network of over 80 offices across the UK, an international presence in over 27 countries and an unrivalled database of construction jobs with the industry's top employers.
Type of Roles and Salaries
The built environment offers diverse career and work opportunities. These can be from utilising the latest technology to create sustainable buildings; how to preserve historic buildings for future generations; planning and implementing reconstruction projects after natural disatsers like earthquakes, to planning new roads to help people get from A to B more efficiently. There are a wide-range of roles within the construction industry including architects, engineers, surveyors, site managers, projects managers and planners.

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Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
CIMA is the most relevant accounting qualification, preparing you for a career in business.
CIMA is the only professional body that qualifies accountants solely for business. It’s a proven path to fantastic career prospects and high earning potential. A CIMA qualification is highly regarded by leading organisations worldwide and could be your passport to global employability.
Website: http://www.cimaglobal.com
Recruitment link: http://www.cimaglobal.com/myjobs
Qualifications and Training
The road to becoming a management accountant is open to all, regardless of educational background or age. CIMA’s flexible entry policy enables anyone with a passion to succeed in business the chance to study with CIMA. However, you must be competent in Maths and the English language. If you’re new to business or accounting studies, you will first need to work towards gaining the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. This will then enable you to move on to the CIMA Professional Qualification.
Career Resources
Lots of companies offer CIMA training, and there’s nothing better than hands-on experience to bring your studies to life. CIMA works with employers to ensure that students and members are supported through their studies and continuing professional development. CIMA MY JOBS is a dedicated career portal for management accountants where you can find job vacancies, graduate schemes and careers advice.
Type of Roles and Salaries
CIMA students and members work within large multinationals, small and medium-sized companies and in practice. They are employed in blue-chip companies in industries including automotive,electronics, health, banking and finance, public sector, pharmaceuticals, retail and consultancy, as well as running their own businesses. CIMA members work in a variety of roles and not always within finance. Typical roles are as varied as finance analyst, chief executive and IT director. The average annual salary for CIMA members in the UK is £56,645.

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As the professional body for HR and people development, CIPD has over 130,000 members - working in human resources (HR), learning and development (L&D), people management and consulting across private businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors in the UK, Ireland and internationally. As an independent and not-for-profit organisation, we’re committed to championing better work and working lives for the benefit of individuals, businesses, economies and society.
Website: http://www.cipd.co.uk/hr-careers
Recruitment link: http://hr-jobs.peoplemanagement.co.uk

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Chartered Management Institute
Dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.
We inspire, create confidence and support young people aged 14 to 21, by providing professionally accredited CMI Management & Leadership qualifications to the next generation of managers and leaders! Campus CMI has already inspired over 4,000 students who have successfully achieved either a CMI Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.
Website: http://www.managers.org.uk/Individuals/Qualifications/Campus-CMI.aspx

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