National quality mark equals national recognition

Ripley based organisation, The Derbyshire Network has been accredited with the nationally recognised quality mark for organisations which provide support to individuals to make learning and work more accessible – the matrix Standard.

The Derbyshire Network gained accreditation to the matrix Standard over a four month process, which recognised the high levels of professional integrity in providing a balanced, objective service for its Members and partners.

As a leading training network, The Derbyshire Network supports organisations it works with deliver work-based learning through contract management, continuous professional development and signposting employers and learners looking for training.

The Derbyshire Networkworks with over 50 Member companies and it wanted to ensure that these clients were receiving the best information, advice and guidance possible. The organisation decided that the matrix Standard, amongst other things, would help it to demonstrate to Members its commitment to providing a high quality, impartial and supportive service.

Steve Meadows, Chief Executive of The Derbyshire Network, said: “To be recognised by an external body as a company that provides excellent information, advice and guidance to our Members has confirmed to us that we are working in their best interests. As well as demonstrating where we are excelling in our sector, the matrix report has also highlighted areas where we can continue to develop; helping us maintain an up-to-date, relevant service for our Members over the coming years.”

David Allan, Managing Director at emqc Ltd said of the organisation’s achievement: “This matrix Accreditationis another example of how the matrix Standard is proving effective for all types of organisations, helping them to provide a more professional service offering and to strive to be the best in their sector.”

The Derbyshire Network has been established for 11 years and is based at Victoria Place, Ripley, Derbyshire providing support to training organisations across the Midlands.


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