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Thursday, 01 June 2017

NISCC recognised with mark of quality for shaping care sector standards

Written by The Editorial Team

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC), as the NI partner of the UK Sector Skills Council ‘Skills for Care & Development’ (SfCD) has been assessed as meeting the Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards (FISSS) Code of Practice.

Achieving the Code demonstrates the NISCC status as the trusted employer-led organisation for shaping standards, qualifications, apprenticeships and career pathways in the care sector.

Colum Conway (pictured, right), NISCC Chief Executive said: “Along with our Skills for Care and Development Sector Skills partners, we have worked really hard with FISSS in recent months to show how we meet the rightly rigorous standards in the FISSS Code of Practice.

"We are proud that the partnership has been recognised as having a high quality trusted role with employers and a genuine impact on the work millions of people in our sector do every day to support people in their communities.”

The FISSS Code of Practice is a mark of quality awarded to trustworthy skills development organisations. The Code uses a set of minimum standards to confirm that the organisation’s work is representative, impartial and sustainable for the long term health of the sector it represents.

Members of the SfCD partnership are Northern Ireland Social Care Council, Scottish Social Services Council, and Skills for Care and Social Care Wales. In achieving the Code, the partners have demonstrated that both when working together and when working individually they are the trusted employer-led organisation for shaping standards, qualifications, apprenticeships and career pathways in the care sector.

The Code recognises that the partnership provides reputable leadership for skills and career development, and is able to represent employers’ collective views on skills issues to policy makers and governments across the UK.

Pictured - Patricia Higgins, NISCC Director of Regulation & Standards with Colum Conway, NISCC CEO.