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IQ confirm agreement with EM Skills

Industry Qualifications has today finalised an agreement with Maureen Emmett and EM Skills, to work together on the development and application of functional skills qualifications and support materials.

Maureen Emmett is well known within the education sector having held significant roles within awarding organisations and educational providers. More recently, she has functioned as the national lead for functional skills within the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority (QCDA) and will be leaving QCDA on its closure at the end of March to establish EM Skills Ltd. Maureen has been working with IQ since November 2011 on an occasional basis and the new agreement establishes a framework for long term co-operation and partnership.

Under the agreement, EM Skills will provide functional skills products and expertise to IQ, trading as IQ Functional Skills (IQFS). Whilst EM Skills will be free to provide consultancy services to other awarding organisations, it will function as an integrated but autonomous department within IQ in what will remain a unique relationship for EM Skills

“We are delighted that Maureen and her team have committed in this way to IQ”, said Raymond Clarke, Chief Executive of IQ. “Our ability to attract a person of Maureen’s calibre and reputation is not only a huge vote of confidence in the potential of IQ, it is a ringing endorsement of our approach. In coming to agreements of this type, we are demonstrating the potential of aligning ambitions and the interests of organisations within a mutual framework. This agreement between IQ and EM Skills promotes growth for both parties, encourages support operations for other awarding organisations, and does not restrict EM Skills in relation to its wider development. It is a partnership of equals within shared space”.

Maureen Emmett for EM Skills said “We have been encouraged by the openness and professionalism of the IQ team, and indeed how the IQ model is being received by end users. On our part, EM Skills are seeking to develop a range of functional skills qualifications that are relevant on a sectoral basis, combined with a highly responsive service. In order to insure the IQ approach to functional skills assessment is the most appropriate for use in the workplace, we are inviting providers to take part in a pilot over this spring and summer.”

For further details of the IQ Functional Skills pilot please email

Mar 19, 2012 08:41 PM
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