Business 2 Business recently became a corporate affiliate of the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP). We have also now chosen to make the IEP CPD programme available to staff right across our organisation. By successively building knowledge and skills through the IEP Level 2 sector induction, the IEP Level 3 Certificate in Employability Practice and the level 4 Employability Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard, the IEP CPD programme provides an outstanding career pathway for employability professionals.
The IEP level 2 qualification provides a tremendous introduction to employability concepts, the interface between different employability roles and services and ways of working within the sector. Consequently, we have decided to make participation in the level 2 course, a mandatory requirement for all our new participant-facing staff, who do not already have an IAG qualification. As it can be useful and motivating for ancillary staff to also understand our organisation’s purpose, methods and impact, they too will be able to choose to undertake the level 2 induction.
Beyond their participation in the level 2 induction, we will make the Level 3 Certificate in Employability Practice available to our caseworkers as part of their ongoing CPD; developing their skills further and underpinning the quality of their support for participants. Some of our staff will also embark on the Level 4 Employability Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard to acquire the advanced skills, competences and knowledge needed to act as an advanced practitioner and to underpin their progression into management roles.
Reflecting on the organisation’s decision to adopt the IEP qualification scheme, Veejay, our Managing Director said, “The quality of outcomes for the people we serve, depends in large part on the support they receive from our staff. Our new career pathway, made possible through the level 2, 3 and 4 IEP qualifications, provides a firm bedrock of initial training and supplies the ongoing CPD that will enable our staff to continue to transform the employment prospects of our service users.”