In an interview with Money Marketing, Field says the FSSC will have the RDR-compliant standards completed by the end of March, despite continued uncertainty about the outcome of its relicencing bid.
She says: “We will hopefully have a decision on the relicencing by early March, but it has been business as usual in the meantime and we are ahead of schedule in terms of the QCF level four qualification.
“At the end of March we will publish the specialist standards and hopefully they will all be signed off and we can then give those to the awarding bodies so they can base their qualifications on those exam standards.”
Field says she is “supremely confident” about the FSSC’s relicencing bid.
She says: “We’ve already started doing the work that we said we were going to do in the absence of a relicencing decision, so we’re getting on with it. The fact that we are ahead of time on the RDR work is strength to our bow so I’m very confident that we’ll get the relicencing decision that we need now.
“I’d like to say I’m 100 per cent certain, but I’d like to see it in writing before I open up the champagne. I think there is a 90 per cent surety that we’ve got this right. We are an employer-led body, employers have said what they want and we’re delivering what they want, so we are meeting all the criteria.”
In October Money Marketing revealed that all staff at the FSSC had been put on a 30-day consultation.
Field confirmed that two employees out of 37 were made redundant in the first round of staff consultation. The second stage will begin after a licencing decision has been made.