Having been involved early on in the development and testing of the Training Quality Standard, City of Sunderland College were keen to apply for assessment as soon as the Standard was launched in June 2007 and were proud to be one of the first providers to achieve certification in December 2007.
In preparation for their application the college explained their strategy and the approaches they use to deploy it against the assessment framework outlined in the Assessment Guide and Evidence Framework; they found the guide a clear and straightforward explanation of the Standard.
The college set about completing the application as a priority project within the organisation; they were keen to adopt a robust approach to the journey, bringing together the evidence to understand their story before they told it.
A project team was put together, and focused on researching and writing their Part A application, while also working with colleagues on adding the Part B application, to ensure a fluid, consistent presentation. A member of the senior management team added a quality check, ensuring that the final application addressed every indicator as fully as possible.
Lesley Griffin, Director of Work Related Learning, feels that certification for the Standard was an endorsement of the good work the college was already doing with employers and of their ethos of developing a culture in delivering excellence.
Lesley Griffin said:
“The College is delighted to have achieved the Standard. Knowing that the robust external assessment process was validated by our employers is a real credit to our team. The standard is very beneficial to our sector and it will help employers easily recognise which providers are fully responsive to their needs in providing them with business solutions."