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Autumn 2009

In this Issue

Improving Business and Organisational Performance
Strategic Review of the Management and Leadership Standards
Consultation on Human Resources Learning and Qualifications Strategy
What standards should you expect from consultants?

Improving Business and Organisational Performance

Edexcel is hosting a Profile Event in London entitled Improving Business and Organisational Performance by using National Occupational Standards for Management and Leadership on 24 September 2009.

Speakers include Dr Kion Ahadi, Head of the Management Standards Centre, Trevor Boutall, Managing Director of The Management Standards Consultancy Ltd and Ivan Verdier, Director of Partner Management at The Computa Centre.

Download programme and registration form.

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Strategic Review of the Management and Leadership Standards

The Management and Leadership National Occupational Standards (M&L NOS) were accredited in 2004 and have been subject to two incremental reviews, in 2006-7 and 2007-8, resulting in a suite of 74 standards which are now considered to provide good coverage of all management and leadership functions. The full suite of Management and Leadership Standards is available from the Management Standards Centre.

Anecdotal feedback suggests that the M&L NOS are fit for purpose by end users, employers, trainers and assessors, although some concerns have been voiced, eg:

  • the scope of individual standards, and hence the level of detail to which they are specified, is inconsistent across the suite, leading to significant variations in the burden of assessment between units

  • some of the original 2004 units cover more than one function and could usefully be broken out into their constituent functions

  • there is overlap between some of the standards, resulting from the inconsistency in their scope and level of detail

  • the generic behaviours provide considerable challenges for consistency of assessment

  • the generic behaviours and the knowledge and understanding have a matrix relationship across the suite of M&L NOS and could be assessed on a qualification-wide basis, rather than a unit-by-unit basis

  • individual awarding bodies have proposed changes to the structure of the S/NVQ

  • senior management functions may be insufficiently covered

  • the relationship between these standards and the roles of executive and non-executive directors, trustees and committee members needs to be clearly articulated.

  • Additionally, as a result of the credit crunch, concern has been expressed as to whether the M&L NOS take a sufficiently broad view of factors in the external environment, scenario planning and risk management.

The Management Standards Consultancy has been appointed to define the scope of a full review of the M&L NOS and associated qualifications during 2010-11 which will provide robust standards and qualifications with a shelf life up to at least 2015. The objectives are to:

  • engage with key stakeholders (representatives of managers and leaders, employers, trainers and educators, assessors, awarding bodies, sector bodies) to understand their views, expectations and requirements from M&L NOS and related qualifications over the next five years

  • analyse the findings and make recommendations in a scoping report

  • carry out minor amendments to the content of NOS, qualifications structures, assessment strategy and Key and Core Skills signposting which can be accommodated in the short term.
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    Consultation on Human Resources Learning and Qualifications Strategy

    The Management Standards Centre is working with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Sector Skills Councils and other key partners to develop a strategy to provide relevant and up-to-date learning and qualifications for those working in HR.

    The Human Resources Learning and Qualifications Strategy must meet the needs of both HR professionals and non-HR professionals carrying out HR functions within organisations of all sizes, in all sectors of the economy, in all four UK countries and also include those working in the UK or for UK-based organisations who manage human resources working overseas.

    Proposals include, for HR Professionals, a single, coherent framework of qualifications available at different levels reflecting typical HR careers and, for non-HR Professionals, learning and qualifications in specific HR-functions on a modular basis allowing them to accumulate credits to qualifications on the QCF and SCQF.

    The views of employers and HR professionals on these proposals are being sought. Download the Executive Summary and questionnaire.

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    What standards should you expect from consultants?

    Despite the economic downturn, the use of consultancy by both public and private sectors shows no sign of declining. The market for consultancy is worth more than 8bn per annum and there are an estimated 130,000 consultants working in the UK today indeed this figure is growing daily as more and more redundant managers seek to apply their skills and experience in a new consultancy career.

    How is this market governed? How do we ensure we are getting value for money? What ethical and professional standards do consultants adhere to? Who holds consultants to account? How can clients get the best out of their consultants? What changes can we expect in consultancy practice in the future?

    Find out what the gurus have to say in answer to these questions - and have your own say on the issue - at a high profile event launching the National Occupational Standards for Management and Business Consultancy at London's "Gherkin" on the evening of 16 November 2009.

    Contact Kion Ahadi at the Management Standards Centre for your personal invitation.

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