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REC raises curtain on new Institute of Recruitment Professionals

REC raises curtain on new Institute of Recruitment Professionals

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) is raising the curtain on one of the most significant events to take place in recent times in the UKs private recruitment industry.

Today (Wednesday June 24), the REC launches the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP), a revolutionary new development for the recruitment industry which will replace the current Individual Membership offering. The IRPs core purpose is to ensure that all recruiters are given the opportunity to be individually recognised as part of the profession while demonstrating to clients their credentials in being committed to delivering the best possible service at all times.

Kevin Green, the RECs Chief Executive, said: One of our main goals is to deliver a world class service to members. The IRP takes this another step closer and towards professionalising the industry, giving recruiters operating at all levels unprecedented levels of support enabling them to be the best they can.

Membership to the IRP will have numerous benefits to individual recruiters such as:
Inclusion on the register of recruiters
Exclusive members-only content pages on the IRP website
Access to the most comprehensive on-line desktop information and learning resource from the Chartered Management Institute
Volunteer opportunities throughout the UK at IRP regional branches
Access to the online Legal Guide giving information on how to interpret and apply legislation
An opportunity to be recognised and/or recognise a peer at the prestigious IRP awards
Rigorous assistance towards Continued Professional Development
Use of designatory letters and IRP logo after members name
An IRP card which demonstrates professionalism to clients and candidates
An IRP certificate showing commitment to the profession and to the delivery of excellent recruitment services at all times

All IRP members will sign up the IRPs Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct which will show both clients and candidates that they do practice the very highest standards of principled and professional recruitment.

At the same time, the RECs 8000 corporate members comprising recruitment businesses and their branches will be asked to encourage their employees to join the IRP as part of their career development programme.

Kevin Green continued: Corporate members will reap the benefits as result of their staff joining the IRP. The result will be a knowledgeable and motivated team of professional recruiters who deliver the highest standards. This is because they do feel part of a community which gives them all the incentives and services they need to be one step ahead of the competition which in turn gives their company the business edge.

Our members are all part of a dynamic, fast-moving and exciting profession and only by showing that we are committed to providing the best possible environment for recruiters to excel that will we attract the broadest possible range of people into the profession.

All current Individual Members will be changed over to the IRP from June 25 and each will receive a comprehensive members pack giving them details of all the services open to them and also discounts on essential tools of the trade such as training and qualifications, research and reports and recruitment workshops across the UK.

In November, the REC will stage its first ever IRP Awards, succeeding the IM Awards which have been run for the past two years. The new awards will be presented to those recruiters who have shown that they are at the very top of their profession.

For more information about the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, please visit the website,


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