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 four training modules have been developed by MRS and AQR:

One additional module covering new and emerging recruitment techniques is under development.

The content of the attached modules is being translated into online interactive training courses. The first to be launched will be the data protection module which will be supplemented with information on GDPR. This is due to be issued in February/March 2018.

In addition to the training modules, a toolkit of templates and useful documents is also being prepared. The proposed content of the NEW toolkit includes:

  • Social grade summary
  • Glossary of terms
  • Useful organisations website links
  • Best practice
  •     - MRS Code and relevant guidelines
  •     - Exclusions – occupations, allergies
  •     - Passwords/encryption
  •     - Data transfer systems
  •     - Contracts checklist
  • Checklists
  •     - Client list work procedures
  •     - Required consents – e.g. filming
  •     - Privacy notices
  •     - Incentive permission
  •     - Responsible adult permission for children’s research
  • Templates
  •     - NDAs
  • -     Signature sheets
  •     - Profile sheets
  •     - Confirmation of research sessions
  •     - Product testing waivers
  • FAQs

If you have any suggestions for additional toolkit materials, or the scheme in general, please contact MRS. All feedback should be sent to:

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

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