On Wednesday 4th March 2010, North Yorkshire County Council’s Adult and Community Services Directorate Workforce Development Unit, received their Training Quality Standard for Employers (TQSE) certification. Derek Law MBE, Director of North Yorkshire County Council’s Adult and Community Services was presented with the certification on behalf of the directorate.
During 2009 the Adult and Community Services, Workforce Development Unit submitted an application and was assessed against the TQSE assessment framework. Subsequently, the Local authority became the first in the country to achieve TQSE certification.
The County Council’s award was presented by Pauline Jamieson, Policy Advisor and TQS Lead at LSC National Office, who acknowledged the efforts of everyone involved in the development of the Local Authority’s application-for-assessment and their achievement of the Standard. Pauline said:
“I would once again 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, their achievement is a real endorsement of the Council’s internal training function and they should be extremely proud of their success.”
On receiving the certification, Derek Law stressed the importance of training and development for individual employees, the organisation as a whole and, particularly important, the people who use and receive their services.
The TQSE is a non-prescriptive assessment framework that 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 provide training that meets both customer needs (i.e. those that commission the training internally) and corporate aims and objectives.
North Yorkshire County Council’s Adult and Community Services Directorate WDU now joins a distinguished list of organisations having achieved TQSE, including BMW, Rolls-Royce and Scania.
Photos of the Council receiving their TQS plaque can be seen below.