Good progress with the Academy

12.00 | 12 April 2013 | | 2 comments

The Road Safety GB Academy, which was formed as a result of the merger between Road Safety GB and IRSO, is progressing well and a launch date should be announced in the coming weeks.

The Road Safety GB Academy (the Academy) will become the continued professional development arm of Road Safety GB and has applied for BTEC accreditation. It will provide and facilitate a range of services for its members including information on professional qualifications, training courses and a training log to record qualifications and work experience to current and prospective employers.

The Academy website will also host a Help Forum and a programme of online seminars and workshops for its members. It will also promote training events (courses, workshops, seminars etc) for road safety practitioners provided by other stakeholders.

Road safety officers working for local authorities who are members of Road Safety GB will be invited to join the Academy free of charge, as will current members of IRSO (for an initial period). Applications for membership from other suitably qualified and/or experienced road safety professionals working in the private or voluntary sector will also be welcomed.

The Academy management team comprises: Darren Divall (head of Academy); Sam Merison (deputy head); Cheryl Evans (head of training); Emma Norton (head of membership); and Theresa Casbard (head of finance). There is a vacancy for head of communications.

Daren Divall, head of Academy, said: “The purpose of the Academy is to ensure that road safety practitioners, at all levels and in all sectors, obtain a minimum level of competency. The Academy will help achieve this by providing and facilitating academic qualifications, vocational training and in-service experience.

“All organisations engaged in the improvement of road safety across the UK are invited to contribute towards the Academy.

“We’re delighted with the progress we are making and are very much looking forward to launching the Academy in the coming months.”

For more information about membership contact Emma Norton on 07595 821040, or for more information about training and qualifications contact Cheryl Evans on 01635 519984.


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    This is the culmination of a lot of hard work, going back almost two years when Darren and I first spoke about a possible merger. The Academy is in its infancy but there is great enthusiasm, and lots of expertise within the organisation, and I am positive that it will grow steadily and become everything we expect of it. It is only right that all those involved in the delivery of road safety are competent and as Darren says, the Academy will help to achieve that. I am also very pleased to say that Stephen Hammond MP, the Road Safety Minister has given the Academy his endorsement. Well done to all.

    Alan Kennedy, Chairman – Road Safety GB
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    Been a long time coming but the more ‘professional’ we can make the status of those who work in Road Safety, especially the ETP arm, the better. We do a great job – let’s get it recognised!

    Tina Housego. Bracknell
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