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IQ Approved for Functional Skills

IQ’s accreditation has been extended to offer assessments and qualifications in Functional Skills by the qualifications regulator Ofqual from the 7th December. Functional Skills qualifications are a fundamental part of all apprenticeship frameworks and few awarding organisations have gained approval to date.

“We are delighted by the news,” said Raymond Clarke Chief Executive of IQ. “The extension of our accreditation comes after significant work by the IQ team. We had the foresight to engage EM Skills, which is led by the former lead on functional skills at the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority (QCDA), Maureen Emmett, to lead the IQ Functional Skills development. As an integral and ongoing member of the IQ management team, her profile and experience combined with the dedication and professionalism of the IQ and EM Skills teams has been a major contributor to our progress. As always, our focus has been on quality and I believe that this shone through in the submission to Ofqual.”

Maureen Emmett said, “We are already talking to a wide range of training companies, and indeed a range of awarding bodies seeking to work collectively with IQ Functional Skills. We expect to make significant announcements about the quality and uniqueness of the IQ offer at the EM Skills ‘All Things Functional’ conference in Birmingham on the 25th January, which is being sponsored by IQ.”

IQ expect to launch its Functional Skills qualifications in March 2013, once qualifications and assessments have been approved by Ofqual.

For further details, please contact IQ on 01952457452. Bookings for the Functional Skills Event can be made by at :

Dec 12, 2012 12:37 PM