Workplace training to receive accreditation under new scheme

The Employer Based Training Accreditation (EBTA) scheme is being launched today as part of a government-backed initiative that aims raise the status of employer based training.

Under the scheme academics will advise employers on workplace learning and the awarding of credits that can contribute to a university award and the development of a foundation degree or other qualifications.

The EBTA pilot project, co-ordinated by fdf (Foundation Degree Forward) through a national advisory group chaired by the former vice-president of the UK region for BP, Dr John Mumford OBE, aims to support and improve the status of training to help organisations become more competitive, productive and profitable.

Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Bill Rammell, said: “I welcome this scheme which provides expert advice to employers on developing their high-level training. EBTA will encourage employers to recognise the importance of improving the skills of their workforce, and applies the rigorous standards of university learning to their in-house provision.

“This type of initiative supports the government’s desire to see more employer-led and employer-influenced provision, which is crucial if we are to produce more people with the skills that business and the economy demand.”