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GoSkills opts for SFEDI accreditation

GoSkills, the Sector Skills Council for passenger transport, has embarked on a programme that aims to see its team of business advisers qualified to the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI) business support standards and the new skills brokerage standards. The team are expected to complete the programme by March 2007.

Peter Huntington, GoSkills' chief executive, said: "Businesses in our sector are diverse in terms of size, service delivery and training needs. That is why is it is really important that they can feel confident in the advise and guidance we can offer.

"Our Business Advisers have already built up strong employer groups on a nation, region and individual member industry basis and this training will confirm and strengthen their credibility.

"If the Government adopts the recommendations of the Leitch Review then there will be an even greater role for the Sector Skills Councils to play ensuring that an expanded Train to Gain has their full support. We aim to be ready and equipped to deal with these challenges."

Business Enterprise Support Ltd (BES) working in partnership with EMQC LTD is delivering the brokerage assessment and accreditation scheme.

The programme comprises assessment days, including a 'scenario' interview to evaluate current skills and submission of case studies, on site observation of brokerage skills in passenger transport context, and individual continued professional development (CPD) planning.

Philip Bramhall, development manager at EMQC, said: "SFEDI is a nationally recognised scheme which assesses the competence and expertise of business advisers against national standards whilst recognising their commitment to ongoing professional training.

"To successfully achieve accreditation, they must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key areas of business and their performance with clients is observed and assessed. They are then monitored to identify opportunities for continuous development.

"By engaging in this programme GoSkills has demonstrated its commitment to developing the expertise of its advisers and recognises the high value of continuous improvement and development against nationally recognised standards and assessment processes."

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