RAF recruiters flying high after passing REC examination
The REC has joined forces with the RAF to ensure its recruiters all make the grade.
The RAF enlisted the REC’s Academy for Business in order to create a civilian qualification for its recruiters and as a result of this partnership the first group of RAF Recruiters has passed the examination with flying colours.
Working with RAF’s Recruiting organisation and RAF Recruiting instructors, the REC developed and mapped out a qualification which recognises the knowledge and skills gained by the RAF Recruiters during a four week recruiting and selection course.
After the course was completed, the students sat a bespoke version of the REC’s Certificate in Recruitment Practice (CertRP) which covered recruitment processes, marketing and selling the RAF way of life, interviewing techniques and essential employment law.
The first group of 14 RAF recruiters who sat the examination achieved excellent results with three achieving Distinctions, nine Merits and two Passes. Up to 80 RAF Recruiting staff are expected to take the CertRP every year making a tour in RAF Recruiting even more attractive as an assignment. All the students are now using their new found skills and qualification at careers offices around the country seeking to recruit the best quality candidates to a wide range of roles in the RAF.
This programme is the latest in the REC’s accreditation schemes- the other most high profile being the Army School of Recruitment and the Royal Mail.
Commenting on the inception and delivery of the accreditation programme, Judith Armatage, the REC’s Director of Professional Development, said:
“It has been a very positive experience for us to work alongside the RAF’s Recruiting organisation to develop an assessment which not only recognises the breadth and depth of the recruiter course but also gives its instructors constructive feedback on course and student development.
“The RAF recruiters have demonstrated a high level of understanding as a result of their course attendance and it has been very rewarding for all of us involved in this project to see result in such superb examination results. “This example yet again demonstrates the growing recognition that REC qualifications are highly relevant to recruitment consultants and in-house recruiters alike.”
Group Captain Ian Tolfts, the Head of RAF Recruiting said:
“I am delighted at both the partnership between the RAF and the REC and the success of the first personnel to sit the REC exams. The award of the Certificate in Recruitment Practice to RAF personnel is recognition of their professionalism and recognises the hugely important work the recruiting staff do – selecting and recruiting the future of the RAF.”