Training and development is essential to the success of organisations at board level, for tenants and staff. Training and development will also be key to successful Co-regulation. All training and development is good but can assessed training increase the value for money of training and development?
Yvonne Atkinson, director at BDA says:
"Assessment processes can help reinforce training and development. It is also an important part of being recognised for the skills and knowledge you have or have developed as part of the training. Everyone enjoys being acknowledge for achievements."
This is why the Board Development Agency became an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) accredited centre in 2005.
Yvonne goes on to say:
"We wanted to offer both national qualifications and ILM endorsed ones to board members, tenants and staff. Since then over 300 board members tenants and staff have now benefited from having their skills and competencies recognised by the ILM."Studies on assessment in schools do suggest that learning is improved by assessment. One study published shows that learning was improved where there was a clear understanding of objectives and the assessment criteria. It also improved when people were given the opportunity to choose learning tasks, which gave them scope to assess their own learning and have achievements acknowledged.
"This confirms our experience. The effectiveness of our training is improved where board members, staff and tenants can see the value of the assessment exercise to their current roles. Everyone seems to really enjoy and value the assessment tasks and the satisfaction completion for these bring. Especially because they can see the process provides a practical benefit to their organisations."