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Industry Lead Body Recognition

Most industrial sectors have a nationally based industry lead body whose main role is to encourage training, develop relevant training to meet new needs and to harmonise standards nationally. Many such industry lead bodies have links with similar organisations in other countries e.g. offshore energy operations and the ports industry. These industry lead bodies often have access to funding for approved training, either directly or indirectly.

In an international context, there are limitations concerning the use of nationally based industry lead bodies for validation and accreditation where there is a need to have independent assessment which is recognised internationally. Training organisations are competitive and therefore may not be impartial when supporting individual programmes overseas.