1000th Defence Diversity Management Qualification accredited

14 January 2016 / Categories: JSCSC

The Defence Academy’s Joint Equality and Diversity Training Centre (JEDTC) has presented its 1,000th student with the nationally recognised Defence Awarding Organisation Level 4 Award in Defence Equality and Diversity Management.

CPO(Sea) Jay Early, the Bosun of HMS Queen Elizabeth, is a return student to the centre who was re-qualifying for his three-year Equality and Diversity Advisor (EDA) competency on the EDA Refresher (EDAR) course.

The course, which ran 11-13 Jan, had a mix of 14 students from across Defence (Royal Navy, Army, RAF and Civil Service).

“I personally find diversity and inclusion an important and enjoyable subject, and believe it is very much a key leadership function,” said Jay on receipt of his award.
 
“The EDA, and Refresher, courses are very good, with a great qualification achieved at the end, recognising your transferable skills across Defence and wider nationally.”

Mr Steve Petrie, Head of the Shrivenham Leadership Centre, congratulated all students while presenting their certificates, acknowledging that it is now a significant achievement to gain the EDA competency and accompanying DAO award, requiring plenty of diligence, effort and ability, with six separate assessments required to be passed across each course; a worthy benchmark.

JEDTC is part of Shrivenham Leadership Centre at the Defence Academy of the UK, and has been able to offer civilian accreditation for its EDA courses since September 2014, and for EDAR courses since December 2014.

Both courses are accredited with three separate Ofqual-recognised awarding bodies.  ILM and CMI offer elective qualifications for JEDTC courses that many hundreds of successful students take up at their own cost. The primary award is through the MOD’s Defence Awarding Organisation (DAO), which is fully recognised and regulated by Ofqual.
 
All EDA and EDAR graduates are now freely awarded the well-regarded DAO Level 4 Award in Defence Equality and Diversity Management after completing the course, a formal qualification on the national Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), with all administration and overheads covered between JEDTC and the DAO.

To find out more about JEDTC and to apply for courses, please see the JEDTC pages on the Defence Academy website.  You can also find out more about DAO on GOV.UK.
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