Record numbers of students enrol on REC qualification courses
At the same time, the REC has reported that the number of recruitment organisations supporting their staff taking the qualifications continues to grow.
There are 392 students enrolled on the Certificate course while Diploma students are studying for a total of 648 modules in the coming year.
These increasing numbers of students is another pinnacle for the REC’s Professional Development department, which, in the summer, saw its first five recruiters graduate having attained degrees in Recruitment Practice from Middlesex University Business School, two of them being first class honours.
Judith Armatage, the REC’s Director of Professional Development said: “We are very encouraged and heartened by the take up of so many places on the Certificate and Diploma courses along with the second group of degree level students who have recently started their studies at Middlesex University.
“Demand from the industry is such that we are now in the process of finalising arrangements with Leeds Metropolitan University Business School to launch another degree programme in 2008”.
Since their inception more than 3,000 students annually have been taking Certificate or Degree courses making a total of around 30,000 recruiters who have sat and passed their exams.
Countering the results of research from a recent conference that stated that such qualifications are not considered a deciding factor for client decisions to work with particular recruiters, Judith said: “From our experience, this does not mirror what is happening in the market. Support and confidence in recruitment qualifications is continuing to grow.
“What is more, the REC is in talks with the Curriculum and Qualifications Authority (QCA) which is keen to learn from the REC experience of accrediting employer led training towards industry recognised qualifications.”