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Financial Services Skills Council launches trainer accreditation scheme

The Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC) has launched the FSSC Recognised Trainer Scheme - the latest in a series of 5 training accreditation initiatives from the sector skills council.

The FSSC Recognised Trainer Scheme aims to provide recognition for individuals who operate as in-house trainers, sole traders or micro-businesses, offering training services to firms and providers. The recognition will be personal, attaching to the individual, not the training provider business.

In May this year, the FSSC launched the first two of its training accreditation schemes - the Accreditation of Training Excellence for Firms and the Accreditation of Training Excellence for Training Providers. The final two schemes - Accreditation of Learning Solutions and Endorsement of In-house Examinations are expected to launch in December 2005 and early 2006 respectively.

To qualify for recognition under the FSSC Recognised Trainer Scheme the applicant must demonstrate that they are a competent trainer. According to the FSSC, this means that:

* The individual concerned must be able to demonstrate that they have a minimum of two years experience as a trainer.

* The individual concerned must achieve a training qualification that is FSSC recognised and rated by a Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) recognised awarding body as offering Level 3 equivalence, or above, against the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

* Where applicants do not hold a training qualification that meets the criteria described above, they will be required to achieve the necessary standard in a delivery skill assessment carried out by an Assessor from The Training Foundation.

* Additional evidence must be provided to show that they meet a number of standards developed by the FSSC.

Adrian Snook, operations director for The Training Foundation, commented: "All of the recently licensed sector skills councils are seeking to improve the quality of training provision in their sectors and many of these are now recognising that the development and recognition of training skills is the key. It is great to see the financial services sector leading the way with this innovative scheme.

"We are delighted to have been contracted by the FSSC to provide a programme of one-day delivery skills assessment events operated under the auspices of the FSSC Recognised Trainer Scheme.

"The Training Foundation has been working in partnership with the FSSC since the early spring of 2005. In providing advice and assistance we have drawn on extensive experience of training skills development and assessment gained under the auspices of the Trainer Assessment Programme (TAP), which has been adopted by more than 1,000 organisations and certificated the skills of 10,000 trainers since its launch in 1998."

Sara Powell, Accreditation Manager for the Financial Services Skills Council commented: "The Training Foundation has been working closely with us to support the development of the FSSC Recognised Trainer initiative and has proved to be the ideal partner to provide practical advice and assistance at every stage.

"Our confidence in The Training Foundation is based on their outstanding track record in the field of training skills assessment, and was recently reaffirmed when the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Innovation was conferred on the Trainer Assessment Programme. As a result we can be sure that the skills assessment elements of our new FSSC Recognised Trainer Scheme are objective, rigorous and based on tried-and-tested assessment methods."

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