Develop achieve Gold Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation
Develop EBP and EBP North West (EBPNW) are the first organisations to become Gold Standard accredited to the Work Experience Quality Assurance Framework.
Elaine Morgan, Deputy CEO at Develop EBP said: “We are delighted to be one of the first EBP’s to have achieved the gold standard Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation. This endorses our commitment and expertise to ensure young people obtain a relevant and meaningful experience in the world of work. Achievement of this kite mark acknowledges our robust approach in ensuring a quality opportunity which provides peace of mind for organisations, young people and their parents.”
Facilitators of work experience can now gain independent quality assurance for the work they undertake in matching learners to high quality placements, thanks to a new framework developed by national charity Fair Train.
The framework, which demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to high quality training opportunities, complements existing frameworks for employers and learning providers, as part of the national Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation.
It not only looks at the infrastructure underpinning an effective work experience placement, covering elements such as health and safety and policy documents, but also builds in support for the learner to help them progress into further training or employment, drawing on support services such as careers advice and linking in with local labour market information, helping them to improve their employability.
The facilitator framework will be beneficial for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and local authorities brokering placements for schools, as well as more traditional Education Business Partnership (EBP) organisations.
Jessica Rexworthy, Head of Learning and Skills at Fair Train: “We are very excited about the expansion of the Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation, which has been developed due to market demand. We already work with a range of employers and learning providers nationally who are benefitting from the robust quality assurance associated with the accreditation, so it makes sense that the organisations arranging placements are recognised for their achievements, and that quality is mapped consistently for the learner by all parties involved.”