The Partners in Learning Scheme recognises the shared relationship and mutual interest that we hold in the development of students and the delivery of professional qualifications and training programmes. It ensures that training organisations have access to ICAG to help them to deliver effective tuition and promoting consistently high quality training. By working together and communicating openly, students will benefit as they embark on their future careers.
Because of the number of training organisations and the early stage of development, the scheme was introduced in two stages. Firstly a registration scheme started on 1st January 2017. This simply was to create a link between ICAG and the trainers so that lines of communication can be opened up. In order to register you will need to complete an application form indicating the courses that you will be running. You will also have to confirm that you will comply with the core principles of the scheme. The core principles are detailed in this document.
The second stage that will be introduced in late 2017 where an element of grading to differentiate between the various tuition organisations will be introduced. (see section 4 below).
ICAG sees a number of benefits that will spring from this scheme. It will help:
- To drive up standards by providing transparent information about tuition providers.
- To assist students (and employers) to choose the right tuition provider for themselves.
- To have a formal means of communication with tuition providers so that general educational standards can be improved and to assist in the control of all tuition providers.
- To assist tuition providers by providing a central information depository about the tuition and facilities available.
- To offer a service to students that is provided by a number of foreign competitor bodies.
One of the key benefits of the Scheme will be your organisation having closer contact with ICAG. As a Partner in Learning you will receive the following benefits:
- Library copies of learning materials (These are for your benefit and should not be used for distribution to students).
- Invitation to ICAG student and trainer events.
- A PiL certificate for your training centre as recognition of your status.
- The opportunity to advertise on the recognised Partners in Learning list on our website
- Access to a dedicated manager at ICAG.
- Access to our student and member magazines and marketing materials.
- Access to a student results list as they are published.
You will be able to register your organisation with ICAG for the Partners in Learning Scheme using the Application Form included in this brochure and the information that you provide will be included on the Partners in Learning section of the ICAG website. This will be prominently advertised in the student section of the ICAG web site.
In order to register you must confirm that your organisation complies with a number of core principles. These are outlined on page 5 of this document and should be read in conjunction with the best practice indicators in Annex 1.
Key ICAG contacts
Mr Alhassan Yusif Trawule – [email protected]
Your data: The data that ICAG wishes you to include needs to be returned on the Application form will include:
- The name of your organisation.
- The location of classes.
- Courses run (Full time, part time and various levels).
- List of Lecturers
- Contact details and a tab to connect to your web site.
- A brief summary of the courses you run and why a student might choose you as a tuition provider (maximum 200 words).
This general registration scheme will only operate for one year to 31 December 2017. From that date you will be categorised as either a Bronze or Silver PiL.
Please note: failure to comply with the ICAG core principles will result in immediate termination from registration.
From mid-2017 ICAG will extend the registration scheme to a formal grading scheme where colleges will be able to apply to be graded as Bronze or Silver from January 2018.
From January 2019 a further category of Gold will be added.
All Colleges will be expected to continue to comply with the Core Principles as laid out in page 5. Silver or Gold graded colleges will be based on the quality of the courses offered. The grading will be based on a large number of factors indicative examples of which you will find in Annex 2.
All registered tuition providers will be expected to comply with the core principles at all times.
All registered tuition providers are expected to comply with the following core principles:
- Courses are developed and continually monitored to meet market and stakeholder needs, based on appropriate research.
- Courses are realistic and deliverable, and are presented by experienced, appropriately qualified tutors.
- Courses are delivered in compliance with all Ghanaian laws and regulations.
- Regular, open communication is maintained with ICAG and all stakeholders.
- The PiL must endeavor to ensure that all students have purchased or have access to a copy of the official ICAG learning materials.
- Tutorial staff undertake continuing professional development (CPD), and their development needs are reviewed regularly.
Best practice indicators
Best Practice Indicators provide guidance on how your organisation will satisfy the Core Principles. They can be found in Annex 1.
How to apply
From 1st July 2017 you will be able to register your organisation with ICAG for the Partners in Learning scheme Bronze or silver grading. You should register using the form enclosed in this booklet and the information that you provide will be included on the Partners in Learning section of the ICAG web site. This will be prominently advertised in the student section of the ICAG web site.
Key ICAG contacts
Mr Alhassan Trawule – [email protected]