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Association of Professional Trainers launches

Five trainers based in Scotland have launched the Association of Professional Trainers (APT). The organisation aims to provide ongoing monitoring and assessment for training professionals in all industry sectors.

Jenny Lambie from the Lambie Gilchrist Consultancy and a founding member of APT said: "Training professionals across the country have shown a huge amount of interest in APT because they understand that a rigorously assessed quality assurance scheme is essential for the development of their business and for industry as a whole."

According to the APT, trainers signing up to the APT quality mark will be closely monitored and evaluated and only if they pass this assessment will they receive accreditation.

Ann McAvoy, a founding member of APT and director at Corporate Training Ltd in Edinburgh, said: "It is essential that a rigorous assessment programme is put in place if the APT quality mark is to have credibility within the industry."

"There are a huge number of training providers operating in the UK and although a great many are providing a very good service, there are others who are simply not up to the job.

"APT will give businesses peace of mind when they are looking for a training professional. Any company using an APT approved trainer can be confident in the knowledge that they have a professional who has been quality assessed to the highest level and is in the top echelon of their business field."

Professionals working in the field of training provision can apply for associate or full membership of APT.

Christine Fitton, national manager for Scotland at workforce development charity, Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK), said: "LLUK is committed to raising the performance of people who work in the lifelong learning sector including those who provide work based learning and private training providers. The APT is therefore a welcome and innovative addition to improving and maintaining the professional standards for trainers."

John Stirling, president of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) said: "APT is a welcome development in the effort to raise the quality and excellence of training delivery across the UK. The REHIS is committed to continuously improving and developing the quality of the delivery of all its training and the formal national endorsement of professional training skills will be of great benefit to both the professional trainer and the trainee."

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