The Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB) was set up in 1997 and aims to provide a robust system of endorsement of quality for all types of training and learning in Community Development.
Our role is to ensure quality standards in training and learning for community development practitioners. ESB contributes to a proficient community development workforce accessing high quality learning through the endorsement of different learning opportunities.
ESB is an independent company ltd by guarantee and has chosen not to seek public funding; it generates income through its endorsement processes and its paid for consultancies with universities and other organisations who wish to develop new community development programmes.
ESB has engaged with the wider field of community development learning through its involvement in:
- The development and updating of the existing Community Development National Occupation Standards
- The creation of CD qualifications and short taster/ bite sized sessions
- Contributing to the QAA benchmarks for Youth and Community Work and engaging in consultations
- Establishing the criteria for endorsemnt of taught and Recognition programmes
- The ETS committee of NYA. ESB is recognised by NYA as an equal endorsement/ validation partner; ESB has a seat on the ETS and together ESB and the ETS undertake joint validations of youth and community programmes
- Having a seat on the PALYCW strategic development group and is involved with PALYCW projects
- Working in partnership with other bodies, sometimes running workshops at their conferences for example
- International work
- Commissioning research into relevant aspects of community development practice and learning