By IOR at 30 June, 2011, 3:39 pm
The Innovation in Society Unit is working under a Knowledge Transfer agreement with the Institute of Recruiters and its partners to build a capability and training needs analysis model that will form the cornerstone of the Institute’s membership process. The model is based upon the National Occupational Standards for Recruiters with the addition of certain core skills that are regarded as important to the emergent profession of Recruiters.
The National Occupational Standards are used by government, sector skills councils, educational providers and businesses to define the competency standards required by a wide range of roles in many different sectors. By using the National Occupational Standards as the basis for their model the Innovation in Society Unit is providing the individual members of the Institute with a personalised review of their own performance and competence as tested against an industry wide standard that was developed as the result of a wide consultation with key stakeholders.
The model, which will be used as the initial basis for admission to the Institute, is not an entrance exam nor is it a screening tool. Instead it is a service for members that allows them to assess their own competence and professionalism against the levels that would be expected for their role. It will allow members to identify strengths and weaknesses within their own areas of practice, which will allow them to evaluate their training and development needs going forward. Members of the institute will have the option to display their results on their individual member profiles as evidence of certain expertise, or may choose to keep their results private for professional development purposes. Because the model assesses members based on their current role and activities, it will allow them to track their progression on an annual, ongoing basis and to continuously evaluate their training and development needs. Work has already begun on second variation of the model for Human Resource professionals
Previously, models such as this have been developed for use in a range of public and private sectors settings including mapping various levels of professionalism within the National Health Service.
The team developing the model is being led by Mr. Anthony Mark Cutter, Head of the Innovation in Society Unit at the Lancashire Law School, University of Central Lancashire who has led projects across Europe that engage with professional issues relevant to the recruitment industry. He is working closely with Professor Alan Gillies, Professor of Information Management at the University of Central Lancashire and Director of the Informatics at The Hope Street Centre at Liverpool Science Park.
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