CFE was commissioned by the Learning and Skills Council to run the programme to research, develop, test and implement the Training Quality Standard (formerly known as the new standard) in May 2006.
It was the 2006 Further Education Reform White Paper, ‘Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances’, which announced plans for a ‘new higher standard’ to certify providers and colleges for their responsiveness to employers and their expertise in particular industry sectors.
The Standard was open for applications from June 2007, with a formal launch in May 2008. More information on the research, development, testing and implementation phases of the programme can be found in this case study.
During the autumn of 2008, the management of assessments and certifications of the Training Quality Standard was handed over to new bodies, and CFE's role moved to supporting the LSC to ensure a smooth transition. CFE is also continuing to work on the development of the Training Quality Standard in the following areas:
More information about the developments above can be found in the links or for more information about CFE's work with the Training Quality Standard please contact Raj Patel on 0116 229 3300.
The Training Quality Standard website can be found here.