Ireland gets first accredited training schemeMarch 2008
The Irish Republic’s first accredited education programme on CSR for junior and middle ranking managers has been set up by a leading training body.
The five-day course is being run by Nurture Development, a Dublin-based training and development organization, in association with Business in the Community Ireland and the National College of Ireland.
The course leads to a certificate and has been approved by the government’s Further Education and Training Awards Council at level six, the highest grade, covering modules that teach ‘advanced vocational skills’ – roughly equivalent to NVQ level four in England and Wales.
The inaugural Irish course, which costs €2500, ($3620, £1860), began last month and will finish in May. Subsequent programmes will be spread over shorter periods. Many participants will already be working in CSR at a junior level, but the programme is also aimed at those in other business departments with little or no knowledge of the subject.
Participants, of which there are expected to be 12 to 15 each round, conclude the course with an examination that accounts for 20 per cent of marks. There are five modules covering areas such as business ethics, reporting and partnerships. Rosa Chun of Manchester Business School
will head the course but guest lectures will be led by practitioners.
Adam Faruk, co-director of the UK-based Ashridge Centre for Business and Society, said of the course accreditation: ‘The European market for executive development in corporate responsibility is very dynamic, even cluttered, and so it may be that formal assurance processes, such as through accreditation schemes, will become important in helping customers come to a decision about service and service-providers.’
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