The BLA’s Quality Mark is a scheme designed to improve the impact of learning interventions on organisational performance for use across all sectors of learning & development. It establishes a common set of quality indicators for all aspects of learning resource production, delivery and use to give confidence to purchasers and learners.
Chair of the BLA Quality Forum, Lance Spraggons, said "I am delighted by the response to the new Quality Mark with a number of organisations registering before the official launch next week at WOLCE. For both Cranfield e-Learning and DWP to register is in my opinion a significant endorsement of the Quality Mark and their commitment to continuous improvement"
Brian Merison, General Manager of the BLA added, "The profile of organisations signing up for the new Quality Mark shows the credibility of the process and the opportunities they have identified to add value to their existing operations".
The strength of the system is a framework adapted from the EFQM-Model. This provides a robust, objective and internationally recognised model of excellence.
The BLA will be presenting a seminar on the 15th November at WOLCE, NEC Birmingham, to launch the revised and improved Quality Mark. The seminar, 'The British Learning Association's New Quality Mark' will take place at 13.45 in the Product Demonstration Theatre and is free of charge to all attendees.
About the British Learning Association (BLA)
The BLA is a centre of expertise that produces best practice examples, identifies trends and disseminates information on both innovative and well-established techniques and technologies for learning. The aim is to synthesise existing knowledge, develop original solutions and disseminate this to a wide cross sector membership.
About the BLA Quality Mark
It is widely recognised that the development of an organisation’s people provides a powerful competitive weapon. At the same time customer expectations and demands for better quality are growing. The BLA’s Quality Mark is designed specifically for the learning sector and provides a means for organisations to align their learning activities with customer and organisational demands.
High level benefits include:
• External recognition of commitment to quality through a prestigious award;
• Detailed feedback from experts in the field on your current status highlighting future development opportunities;
• Confidence and reassurance to learners and customers;
• Competitiveness in the commercial market place;
• Higher visability of your contribution to the organisation;
• Impact on the bottom line;
• A range of networking opportunities;
• The Quality Mark has been redeveloped to further streamline its operation and to update the award categories and indicators of good practice to reflect the changes that have taken place in the market since 1998, not least the rapid evolution of e-learning. It is supported by an established infrastructure. The Quality Forum is responsible for directing all aspects of the process, for endorsing the recommendations of the verifiers and for managing the development of the Quality Mark.
The Quality Mark has been successfully applied for and achieved by a number of the BLA’s membership representing a wide range of sectors, including: FE, HE, adult community learning, local government, MOD, corporate and learning services supply.