New apprenticeship in recruitment sector to be launched

A new advanced and higher level apprenticeship in recruitment is to be launched by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and Skill CFA, the business apprenticeship issuing authority, it has been announced.

Following the announcement, REC will now join Skill CFA's Pan Sector Partnership, a group of professional bodies working together to design and promote apprenticeship schemes and opportunities in the workplace for around 10 million employees in the UK.

The group includes the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Trades Union Congress.

The REC will assume responsibility for developing standards, qualifications and training programmes across the UK for a range of business skills. One of the first tasks it will carry out is to create the advanced and higher level apprenticeship, for which it has already submitted a bid to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC, said everyone at the confederation was happy to be involved in the project and excited about the prospect of developing new apprenticeships alongside Skills CFA.

He added: "We've had very enthusiastic support from some of the UK's largest recruiters for this project, and we will work with all interested parties to make this a significant development for the recruitment industry over the next year."

Mr Green said the recruitment industry was essentially people-centric and more could be done to improve standards and professionalism in the sector.

Skills CFA chief executive Jenny Hewell said: "We are delighted to have REC as the newest member in our partnership, to help us harness the best recruitment skill development opportunities for the UK.

"Each year the industry is estimated to be responsible for placing up to one and a half million individuals in jobs."

Ms Hewell added that the addition of REC to the Pan Sector Partnership would be "crucial" in helping people improve their business skills and qualifications.

She said: "With nine other partner organisations in the same partnership we are committed to providing the best opportunities for developing and testing world class business skills for organisations that have gaps in their skill base, hard to fill posts or sturdy competition in their sector."

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