Consultancy: National Occupational Standards and QCF
Helen has 25 years experience in all aspects of the NOS development and qualification formulation process, including NOS Project Design and Management; Occupational Mapping; Functional Analysis; set up and running of Expert Work Groups; consultation process design; data collation, analysis and report writing; QCF unit writing; credit and leveling (including that for SVQs); qualification design and production of qualification support materials; Assessment Strategy development and post project promotional activities.
Helen has been a successful self-employed consultant since 1995, trading as Helen France Associates. Her clients include SSCs/SSBs, Awarding Bodies, Industry Authorities and Regulatory Bodies. Since 2007, her many clients have included:
Consultancy: Endorsement support and TQS
Experience: Mick was one of the original 18 Consultants working with the CFE to develop, test and assess applicants for the Training Quality Standard and as a result, has a real depth of understanding of the Standard, how to write applications and what the Assessors are looking for.
Consultancy: Business Coaching and Inspirational Leadership
Experience: Sonia has over 20 years experience of working in sport and leisure industry – working at the sharp end of leisure operations in both the private and public sector to strategy & skill development, business coaching and management training.
After successfully setting up her own independent chain of Leisure Clubs in the North West, Sonia worked for SkillsActive as a national manager. Since 2007, working as a consultant to industry her clients include:
Warwick has spent almost 20 years in the vocational education and training sector as a practitioner, advisor and development specialist. A large proportion of Warwick’s work has been applied within the sport, coaching and leisure industries; complementing his research and development activity in skills, qualification and workforce development across a range of sectors.
Warwick has worked as an independent consultant for four years. He started in the further education progressing into the higher education sector as programme lead for sports science. Having also worked for sports coach UK (as Head of Education and Training) and as a regional manager for SkillsActive prior to embarking on his consultancy career, Warwick has considerable experience of the active leisure and learning sector and the broader vocational education and training market.
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By the end of December 2010, all accredited vocational qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will need to sit on the new Qualifications and Credit Framework if they are to be eligible for public funding.
Vocational qualifications in the active leisure, learning and well-being sector are undergoing a radical change, with the number of qualifications available reduced from close to 1000 to around 300. The changes come amid a wider reform of vocational qualifications across all sectors. The vocational qualification reform programme will see qualifications across every industry streamlined, so that they are easier to understand and access.
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The Training Quality Standard (TQS) is an assessment framework designed to recognise and celebrate the best organisations delivering training and development solutions to employers.
To find out more visit the Training Quality Standard website.
SkillsActive fully supports training providers attaining the TQS Part B mark, since this underpins the move towards higher quality training and therefore better skilled workers in the sector. We provide a consultancy service for training providers who wish to go through the application process.
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