Investing back into the sector
By Sak Awan, Director of Employability and Skills, S Knights Recruitment
[This article first appeared in FE News]
“The industry is changing” … “yep, I’ve heard”
“It’s going to be exciting” … “heard a few people say that too”
“Are you ready for the challenges ahead?” … “well kind of, but does anyone know what it will actually look like?”
I was lucky enough to be invited by the Chair of IEP to their most recent Corporate Affiliates meeting.
For anyone who hasn’t heard of the IEP their Vision Statement describes them perfectly: “The IEP is dedicated to supporting the people who support others gain work, progress in work and retain work”. I was surrounded by genuinely passionate leaders from within the sector who had taken time out of their very busy roles, at some of the sectors leading providers, to discuss and debate the changes, challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
As well as being honoured to be invited to the meeting, I wasn’t aware the IEP is the only professional membership institute for the employability profession. It represents its members to key influencers and sets standards for the profession. They reeled off a list of benefits (which can be found on their website) as well as their research, policy development and other important work they are doing within the sector for the sector.
I was excited, inspired and full of ideas. The optimism and thought-provoking dialogue, which will shape the future of the sector we all love, was indescribable. The resources developed by partners and the wealth of knowledge and CPD opportunities were all news to me. The development of industry specific standards for employability and skills professionals is taking place as we speak under the banner of ‘Trailblazers’. They are supported by, already available, industry specific qualifications (ERS and ESS) and are being developed by leaders in our sector – I decided then that I wanted to be part of this!
S Knights Recruitment – Investing back into the sector
As a result, S Knights Recruitment is investing back into the sector and has joined the IEP as a Corporate Affiliate Partner. We have been able to secure a 33% discount for anyone who signs up as a Member of IEP through their website, you don’t have to be our candidate or client… you just have to be passionate about employability and skills and want to see this sector flourish.
S Knights Recruitment wants to be part of the vision to “support the people who support others gain work, progress in work and retain work” do you?
Visit the IEP website to find out more and use CODE: SKNIGHTS