October reception 3The evening of Monday 1 October 2012 saw a wide range of education and training providers and other education professionals meet at a classy and modern venue near St Paul’s to celebrate the launch of the British Accreditation Council’s two new accreditation schemes. The new schemes extend BAC’s current operation accrediting private colleges, training organisations and international higher education institutions to incorporate providers of on-line, distance and blended learning, as well as a wider range of international education and training providers.

Delegates enjoyed sparkling wine and canapés as they viewed BAC’s new marketing materials and accreditation documents, networked with other education professionals and discussed their needs and interests with BAC staff. Guests heard from Peter Williams, CBE (BAC trustee and former Chief Executive of the Quality Assurance Agency). Peter has had a long association with BAC and provided information to delegates about the benefits of accreditation, stressing the importance of external quality assurance for providers in the private education and training sector.

October reception 2A particular feature of the event was the showcasing of some of the best of the private education sector including: Hult International Business School (a Financial Times Top 100 business school ); the College of Practical Homeopathy; Tante Marie Culinary Academy; London Film Academy; CMT Learning; the Gemological Institute of America; The Woodworking School; and the Royal School of Needlework. Greasepaint demonstrated film make-up on some willing guests, while Judith Blacklock Flower School showed their skill in producing delightful floral arrangements.

Dr Gina Hobson, BAC’s Chief Executive, said:

“It was a pleasure to meet so many education and training providers looking to improve their external quality assurance through the different BAC accreditation schemes. The fact that so many institutions are considering applying for accreditation with us demonstrates the strength and commitment of the private education and training sector.”