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Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority on recognising employer-sponsor vendor qualifications, including IT vendor qualifications. (233992)

The Department is funding the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to run the Employer and Provider Recognition Programme, promoting the accreditation of high-quality training of employers in England. The Department is in regular discussion with the QCA about the programme and receive frequent reports on the progress of organisations towards gaining recognition as awarding organisations and accreditation of qualifications, including IT qualifications.