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Recruiter Accreditation Scheme

MRS and AQR have been developing a Recruiter Accreditation Scheme to raise the profile and status of recruiters, by devising a training and accreditation scheme that will recognise the knowledge, skills and competence of professional recruiters.

We have created this page to bring together all the relevant information so that you and your colleagues can keep up-to-date with this project. Following the recruiter consultation meetings, which were held in London and Manchester in September 2015, AQR and MRS have been busy throughout 2016 developing materials with the aim of launching the Scheme in 2017. In order to ensure we are on track we would welcome your feedback on the draft materials which have been developed so far.

A new webinar has also been developed, which sets out why the Scheme has been developed and how it will be implemented. As part of this webinar we have also included an update about some forthcoming data protection and privacy legal changes to keep up to date about these very important developments.


1. Training materials

The content for two training modules have been developed by AQR: one for data protection; and another for traditional recruitment methods. Once finalised this content will be translated into an online interactive training courses. However we would welcome your feedback on the content before we proceed with the technical development of the online courses.

Under development are some further training modules which will be issued for consultation in 2017. These cover:

· Introduction to research

· New and evolving recruitment methods

· Client and project management

· A toolkit of useful information

2. Compliance framework

During the consultation there were many questions about how the compliance requirements are going to work. A Compliance Framework Handbook has been developed detailing how this element of the Scheme will operate.

3. Administration

The administration which will underpin the Scheme has also been developed and is detailed in the Administration Handbook.

4. Best practice guidance

Two guidelines have been developed, and feedback was gathered on these during 2016:

· Qualitative Recruitment: MRS Guidelines for MRS Company Partners

· Qualitative Recruitment: Legal Requirements and Best Practice Guidance for Recruiters

The consultation for the draft materials will continue until Friday 3rd March 2017. All feedback should be sent to: Company.partners@mrs.org.uk.

Event highlights

June 2017
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Facilitating Action from Insight 06.06.17 | MRS, London EC1V 0JR

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Advanced Qualitative Practice06.06.17 |

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Facilitation 2 – Action Techniques06.06.17 | St Luke’s Community Centre, London

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