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Qualifications review highlights changing face of recruitment

Qualifications review highlights changing face of recruitment
 
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has been conducting a series of consultation workshops as part of its ongoing review of the industrys official qualifications.
 
As well as providing practical feedback from recruiters on current accreditation procedures, the workshops have flagged up some of the major changes in the recruitment landscape over recent years that will need to be reflected in the revised training and qualifications programme.
 
Specific issues raised by recruiters have included the increasingly complex regulatory environment, changing employer needs and procurement procedures, different skills required if managing or working through a Master/Vendor arrangement and new approaches to marketing and building relationships with clients and candidates.
 
Commenting on the initial findings of the REC's wide-ranging qualifications review, Judith Armatage, the RECs Director of Professional Development, says:
 
"The building blocks for industry qualifications will always include effective sales and relationship-building techniques. At the same time some of the skills and competencies of recruiters are evolving, partly due to external factors such as increasing employment legislation and the way the employers procure recruitment services.
 
Qualifications and training are crucial to taking the industry forward in terms of professionalism and external perception. It is also about helping recruitment consultants deliver real added value to their agencies and clients. The practical input of recruiters has already proved invaluable in helping us build a world-class qualifications programme for the future.
 
The consultations have taken place as part of the RECs On the Road programme of regional events, Rethink and Rebuild Your Business, as well as focus groups comprising practitioners and trainers.
 

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