Human resources professionals get behind new employer-accredited qualifications

Leading human resources (HR) directors have resoundingly backed moves allowing employers to award their own qualifications.

Last week, Network Rail, Flybe and McDonald’s were granted official awarding body status, enabling them to assess and recognise workplace learning. The CBI hailed it as a “significant milestone” on the road to reforming qualifications so they better reflect the skills employers need.

Senior practitioners contacted by Personnel Today said that while the scheme might be better suited to larger employers with more resources, it was something all organisations would eventually benefit from.

Andrew Hainge, head of HR at manufacturer Topps Tiles, said: “It’s a step in the right direction. There needs to be more work-related qualifications there is a big gap between education, and what you need for work.”

Metropolitan Police HR director Martin Tiplady called for more employers to get involved with self-accreditation. “It is something all employers will see the value of, and it will help with staff retention and recruitment.”

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