Over the past few months I’ve taken you through our CQI Competency Framework, explaining the relevance of each section and how the proposition comes full circle – driving you towards continuous improvement.
The Quality Profession Competency Framework
Several of our Corporate Partners have already been putting the framework into practice, helping them to develop and enhance their quality departments. Ian McCabe at Nuvia is one of those people, not only has he been able to apply the framework to his team but also to his own development.
For Ian the focus was on leadership, explaining to Quality World he said:
“While the release of the CQI Competency Framework in July 2014 did validate what I believe quality is and how it is achieved, it also caused me to reflect on the extent to which I developed the core ‘Leadership’ competence. As a result, I have taken a more measured approach since taking up my post as Head of Quality at Nuvia. I have applied the Governance, Assurance and Improvement Framework to management of my own team – incorporating lessons I learned from previous jobs to ensure that good governance, agile assurance and a culture of continuous improvement exists not only within the company I work for but also within my own team.”
The Quality Profession – Vision
Making sure your quality team has the right skills and knowledge to understand and manage the stakeholder requirements of your organisation, is of course essential. That’s why we are now turning our attention to the vital supply side of learning and development, which feeds the profession and the future skills requirements of industry. It is vital members have an understanding of the changes to the institute’s approach to learning and development.
The CQI – Transforming at Pace
You will see over the course of this year we have started to introduce a new approach to learning and development, offering a complete range of courses to support all levels and roles within an organisation, whether in a traditional quality role or not.
The courses are structured at three levels:
- Foundation – for those new to quality or working in a different business area to the traditional quality function
- Practitioner – for individuals who are practicing quality and aspiring to a middle management position
- Professional – for those who are currently practicing quality at a mid to senior level and are aspiring to leadership or senior management.
Known as CQI and IRCA Certified Training – the new approach is mapped against the Competency Framework. This means learning is aligned with the skills and knowledge required by the profession and called on by industry.
You can also be confident the next generation of quality professionals following you will have access to even better and more flexible learning and qualification pathways which are closely aligned to the needs of employers.
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