Awarding organisations SFJ Awards and Industry Qualifications (IQ) are to collaborate to expand their products and services to employers.
The two organisations will work on a wide range of issues across the justice, community safety and private security and safety sectors.
The ground-breaking agreement will result in each organisation becoming a co-ordinating quality centre of the other, offering the awards of the other that are relevant to their own sector and customer footprint. They will also co-operate on product development, technical and IT matters along with international issues where appropriate.
Raymond Clarke, Chief Executive of IQ, said: “This is an exciting development which creates a seamless interface for qualifications across both the wider justice family, and areas involved in the management and mitigation of risk, such as fire safety. The agreement will allow each organisation to expand the range of products available to its centres and we expect to be able to work together on the development of qualifications and learning support products where there is a shared interest.”
Adrian Jackson, Managing Director of SFJ Awards, said: “Both SFJ Awards and IQ are committed to providing sector specific qualifications of the highest quality and the relationship is a comfortable fit. The agreement ensures that each organisation can harness its own specialist expertise for the benefit of the relationship and our customers.”
The two organisations have already begun to work on responding to a number of opportunities, and have established the detailed mechanisms for the operation of quality centre arrangements.