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Pensions Regulator launches e-learning toolkit for trustees

The Pensions Regulator's new e-learning programme for pension scheme trustees is now online.

The Trustee toolkit is a free online training programme that aims to improve trustees' knowledge and understanding, and help them meet statutory requirements.

April Alexander, head of regulated community learning at the Pensions Regulator, said: "The toolkit has been specifically developed to meet the needs of busy trustees of all levels - it can be accessed where, and when, they wish.

"We encourage trustees to use this free interactive training; joining in decision making and working through case examples and tutorials to build their experience and knowledge."

The Pensions Regulator has made available units one and two of the regulator's scope guidance; the responsibility of trustees in relation to trust law, and in relation to pensions law. The organisation says further units will be added in coming months.

The programme comprises a series of stand-alone modules which are based on real-life case studies.

The Pensions Regulator says that successful completion will help trustees to meet statutory requirements under the Pensions Act 2004; that trustees have knowledge and understanding of the law relating to pensions and trusts, the principles relating to the funding of occupational schemes and the investment of scheme assets, and to be familiar with their own schemes.

Although it has been designed specifically for trustees, the toolkit is open to all interested parties. The Pensions Regulator says it will be a useful resource for advisers and employers, enabling them to check their own understanding of the issues facing today's pension scheme trustee.

The programme syllabus has been based on scope guidance available on the regulator's website, and will form the basis of a new voluntary qualification for trustees to be launched by the Pensions Management Institute in April.

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