FSSC and The Training Foundation team up to expand the FSSC Recognised Trainer scheme

FSSC and The Training Foundation team up to expand the FSSC Recognised Trainer scheme 

The Training Foundation has joined forces with the Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC) in a programme designed to increase the number of FSSC Recognised Trainers

The FSSC Recognised Trainer Scheme gives public recognition to individuals working within the financial services sector who can demonstrate that their specialist training expertise contributes to their clients' desired business outcome.

The scheme is designed for trainers who work independently or within financial services organisations as in-house trainers and who wish to gain public recognition for the quality of training they deliver. To gain recognition, a trainer must provide evidence that they meet an industry standard. The FSSC is promoting the scheme, launched in partnership with The Training Foundation last year, to encourage a universal training standard for the financial services industry.

Applicants seeking recognition are required to hold an FSSC-recognised training qualification or to undergo a training delivery skills assessment by The Training Foundation prior to making the self audit application. Trainers successfully completing the self audit are listed on the FSSC website and are able to use the Council's recognition logo on professional materials. The FSSC self audit fee is £500 plus VAT for non-members.

Under the new agreement, financial services sector trainers attending a three-day TAP Delivery Skills Refresher course via The Training Foundation public programme will receive a free voucher to cover the full FSSC £500 audit fee together with their Level Three equivalency qualification certificate. The standard course fee of £1,160 plus VAT includes this audit voucher.

Sara Powell FSSC accreditation manager said: "The Training Foundation has been working closely with us to support the development of the recognised trainer initiative and has proved to be the ideal partner to provide practical advice and assistance at every stage. This new incentive underlines our commitment to promoting the highest standards of training expertise right across our sector."

The Training Foundation's Deputy CEO Adrian Snook added: "We applaud the FSSC's drive to raise training standards in the sector and are keen to assist potential applicants for Recognised Trainer status to achieve this in the most cost-effective way. By eliminating the cost of the self audit fee the voucher scheme will effectively provide the applicant with valuable FSSC recognition for the basic cost of a highly respected training qualification."

Learning and development professionals in the financial services sector will have the opportunity to learn more about this scheme and the range of ways in which enhanced training skills can help to meet business, productivity, compliance and development goals across the industry at a Sector Skills Connection event, to be hosted by The Training Foundation on 24th May 2006.

Speakers include Sara Powell from the FSSC, Darren Moxom team leader for industry training at the Financial Services Authority, Nick Mitchell chief executive of The Training Foundation and Adrian Snook operations director at The Training Foundation.