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First Local Authority achieves certification


North Yorkshire County Council, recently highlighted in the National Skills Strategy, has become the first Local Authority to achieve certification under the Standard. The Workforce Development Unit of the Council’s Adult and Community Services Directorate, achieved the Training Quality Standard for Employers on Thursday 29th October.

The Training Quality Standard for Employers (TQSE) applies the same principles and rigour as the Training Quality Standard (TQS). However, its focus is on the ability of an organisation’s internal training function to deliver training that meets both customer (i.e. those that commission the training internally) needs and wider corporate aims and objectives.

North Yorkshire County Council’s Adult and Community Services Directorate Workforce Development Unit sought assessment under the Standard as part of a Pilot managed by CFE. Twelve Local Authorities took up the opportunity to participate in the Pilot - a number of which are still currently going through the assessment process - which was designed to test both assessment frameworks with Local Authorities.

Pauline Jamieson, Senior Policy Advisor and TQS Lead at LSC National Office, said:

I would like to congratulate North Yorkshire County Council for its achievement in gaining the Training Quality Standard for Employers. Due to the rigour of the assessment process, achieving the Standard is a real endorsement of the Council’s internal training function and, as a result, they should be extremely proud of their success.”

TQSE is tough to achieve and is something a successful organisation can be proud of achieving. North Yorkshire County Council joins a growing list of organisations (that includes BMW, Scania, Rolls-Royce and the FA Premier League) which have been awarded the standard for their in-house training. Raj Patel, Senior Manager at CFE, said:

I am delighted to see the first Local Authority achieve the Standard. North Yorkshire County Council’s certification is another demonstration that the Standard is appropriate for the variety of organisations that deliver training; not simply FE colleges or those that deliver training on behalf of the LSC. . The Council put a lot of work into achieving the Standard as part of our Pilot so I am really pleased they’ve achieved certification. 

TQSE is something any internal training function can aspire to and current holders have fed back a series of benefits of undertaking assessment. These range from an opportunity to understand whether approaches are being deployed properly and consistently, to identifying whether the training function is making the desired impact. Arguably this is where TQSE can be of most benefit to those responsible for internal training delivery as it provides an opportunity for quality improvement and understanding how it can produce a better return on the investment being made.

For further information about the Training Quality Standard for employers, just click here. A full list of organisations certificated under the Training Quality Standard for Employers can also be accessed here