Shrivenham Leadership Centre (SLC) successfully delivers a wide portfolio of civilian-accredited training, leading to many qualifications for our delegates from the national Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), from a range of awarding bodies. To maintain such a high standard, we are routinely externally assured by our awarding bodies; we are proud to have just successfully come through yet another such visit last month.
SLC’s specialist Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) courses are accredited with the CMI, ILM, and our own ‘in-house’ Ofqual-registered body, the Defence Awarding Organisation (DAO). It was the DAO who conducted the latest Standards Verification visit, scrutinising our ED&I courses and the DAO qualifications arising from them. The visit assessed our ongoing compliance with DAO (and thereby Ofqual) Centre Approval Criteria, and also conducted external quality assurance of our assessment activities.
The visit closely examined the newly-revised Defence Assistant Equality Diversity and Inclusion Advisers Course (DAEDIA), for Junior Non Commissioned Officer’s and Civil Service grades across Defence, and ratified award of the qualification of the DAO Level 3 Award in Leading Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Defence for all successful delegates. To pass, students have to achieve competence, with evidence, across a number of rigorous assessments throughout, much like the existing Defence Equality Diversity and Inclusion Advisers Course (DEDIA), for Senior Non Commissioned Officer’s and equivalent upwards, which is itself accredited with the DAO Level 4 Award in Defence Equality and Diversity Management.
Between these two specialist ED&I courses, approximately a thousand Defence people per year now freely gain a valuable and nationally-recognised qualification in this highly-important and pertinent subject area. In addition, all successful students also have the choice to apply to the CMI and/or ILM for further recognition, with various Leadership and Management Levels 4 and 6 Awards available to them, all at hugely discounted competitive rates, and with no extra work required. This is excellent news, representing valuable and diverse opportunity for our students.
DAO’s commendable report complements similar findings from recent CMI and ILM visits, assuring that our specialist ED&I training remains both fully compliant and effective, and that we positively strive for continuous improvement. This is just part of the picture that proves that the SLC Intrinsic Leadership and Behaviours Team continue to produce a required, validated and high-quality product on behalf, and to the benefit, of Defence.