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Quality Award for Learning Providers

A new quality mark has been devised for recognising the quality of organisations working to teach people in the justice sector. The new Skillsmark has been implemented to indicate high standards amongst learning providers and different courses.

Victim Support has been one of the first to be awarded the Skillsmark Award for its excellent work, and has been designated as a “recognised provider”. Alison Dicey from Victim Support responded, “We”re thrilled to have attained Skillsmark – it’s a badge of quality that will be recognised and respected throughout the sector. It’s a great coup for our organisation and for the community justice sector generally.”

Skillsmark Achievers

The Skillsmark is awarded by Skills for Justice, a sector skills council, their Director of Research, Lesley Dunlop summed what the Skillsmark would mean, saying: “Whether were talking about police officers, drugs workers, prison officers – in fact any of the 500,000 Justice sector staff – the requirement is the same – they all need excellent standards of training. Skillsmark signposts people to the most effective learning and development programmes on the market.”

The other Skillsmark achievers were as follows; Broxtowe College – Department of Higher Education, John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety, Canterbury Christ Church University – Department of Crime and Policing Studies and Midlands Probation Consortium – NVQ Assessment Centre.

Dan Atkinson

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