Recognition of Employer Training
Wednesday 18th May 2011
CCEA, on behalf of the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL), has supported the Recognition of Employer Training Programme (RETP) to help employers ensure that bespoke training leads to nationally recognised qualifications.
After a successful pilot scheme, involving 25 local companies, multi-media case-studies were produced. These highlighted the experiences of four companies, including Dunbia and Wright Bus. These can now be viewed on our website here.
Roger McCune, Head of Accreditation, believes the Recognition of Employer Training Programme does help employers:
A major aim of the RETP is to give employers a more effective voice in qualifications development and to be enable them to link their bespoke company training programmes into the regulatory qualifications framework.
Flexibility in learning and training is a key motivating factor for employees. They can work at their own pace and the new Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) allows for this. For example, individuals can take smaller units of learning that can be banked over time and then combined to produce full qualifications.
Companies can identify training needs and align these with QCF units and qualifications. Employers have the opportunity to select from existing qualifications which meet identified training needs, develop new QCF units which can be combined with existing units, or develop full QCF qualifications.