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Can professional qualifications boost the profile of recruiters?

Kelly LaineBy Kelly Laine, BPS World

 

Having being in recruitment for more years than I care to admit it’s an industry that I’m extremely passionate about. The core of recruitment is to find someone an opportunity that will make their life better and this fills me with a great sense of pride.

When I first started in recruitment, it was considered a ‘job’ for someone with good communication skills, providing opportunities to make money. While this still holds true today what has changed is perceptions of the industry.

The excellent work of the REC has raised standards and the recruitment industry provides excellent career opportunities. Upon entering the industry you can set out on a defined pathway with qualifications to support you at every level of your development. The recruitment industry offers a real career with the “average tenure of a recruitment professional being 5 years.” https://www.rec-irp.uk.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/275449/IRP-Career-Routeway-Prospectus-2016.pdf

The qualifications available in the recruitment industry are amazing, they really support your growth and teach you everything you need to know about the industry. With BPS joining as an apprentice we have a full development plan including on the job training, independent study whilst being mentored by our team leaders. It’s an easy decision as ‘you can learn while you earn.’

The NVQ L2 in recruitment is great for apprentices as it provides a real insight into the fundamentals of recruitment. The apprentices gain the knowledge required to operate effectively, assess and manage candidates, establish an understanding of the industry and regulatory policies. Our apprenticeship programmes has proven to be successful with over 20 apprentices recruited and 25% already passing their NVQ L2. It gives young talent a clear pathway for building a career in recruitment.

I have passed my NVQ L3 and have gained so much extra information from it. I thought I knew everything about recruitment, I really didn’t. The NVQ L3 has shown me that there is so much more to learn about recruitment. Holders of the Level 3 Certificate in Recruitment Practice are eligible to use the letters CertRP to demonstrate their professional status.

By doing recruitment qualifications whether you are new to the industry or experienced recruiter, you will enhance your knowledge and help you stand out from the crowd.

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