The Training Foundation announces the 150th TAP Partner Organisation

The Training Foundation announces the 150th TAP Partner Organisation


The 150th organisation has announced a policy commitment to the TAP Learning System, the UK’s de facto standard for training skills certification administered by The Training Foundation.

Under the requirements of the TAP Partners programme, organisations commit to solely utilise the services of TAP qualified learning and development specialists.

Ron Mackrell, Director of the TAP Partners programme announced: “I would like to extend a my congratulations to Buckinghamshire County Council which has just become our 150th TAP Partner organisation.

Sarah Barnes, Training Manager for Buckinghamshire County Council commented: “TAP has enabled us to demonstrate that quality is driven through the whole training life cycle – from development to delivery and we firmly believe that it has assisted us in our drive for continual business excellence.”

The Buckinghamshire County Council ICT Training team are committed to delivering high quality training solutions to their user community of 4000+ employees plus school-based staff. The team of seven TAP trainers, plus two ICT Support Assistants, supports users on desktop applications which include: SAP, Microsoft, LiveSite, and two bespoke Social Care Applications Swift and Protocol.   A schedule of open courses is published every quarter with the team running on average 20 courses a week in one of five fully equipped training rooms or on delegate site if preferred. On top of this, the team runs specific closed courses for teams and other organisations as well as offering 1-1 support at the desk.

When making the announcement Ron Mackrell commented “The attractiveness of TAP partnership continues to grow and around six new organisations per month are currently joining the programme. This growing popularity reflects the unique nature of the TAP Partners programme, which provides an external endorsement of the skills of those charged with delivering learning services, rather than of the underpinning back-office structures and processes.”

“There has been a proliferation of Accreditation Schemes in recent years. Some organisations tell us that they are have become disillusioned with annual reviews looking at the same internal structures and processes, most of which have not changed for years. Any organisation that adopts fairly standard quality management processes is more than capable of successfully achieving multiple accreditations.   However such accreditations have a very limited bearing on the nature and quality of the learner experience.”

By contrast the TAP Partners programme demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to learning excellence ‘at the sharp end’ through a commitment to solely utilise the services of suitably qualified learning and development specialists. Unlike an accreditation scheme, there is no fee for becoming or remaining a TAP® Partner. Organisations simply need to maintain their commitment to the TAP standard.

The range of TAP Partner organisations is impressive, taking in the public and private sector, as well as a huge range of industries. A listing of current TAP Partners can be reviewed at The Training Foundation website: