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Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development


Endorsement of your courses

ESB Criteria

The ESB Criteria and the CD NOS, IACD Standards and the UN Sustainabilty Goals

The ESB Ethos

All of us at ESB are passionate about Community Development and its potential to bring about change.

Community Development tackles injustices and brings about change through collective action. Practitioners are passionate about communities taking action to challenge inequalities and oppression and to improve social, political, economic, climate/ environmental justice. Community Development is a value driven way of working, an approach that is needed more than ever. Community Development is an approach/ a process adopted by paid workers and activists in many different spheres and situations – from housing, health, economic regeneration, faith, conservation, environment, within oppressed and marginalised communities.
Community Development is based on reflective practice – of learning from what we and others do. It is a skill that all CD practitioners need to develop and to encourage those they work with to develop so that good ideas are shared and critical theory constantly evolves  especially in the fields of group work, conflict, campaigning and organisational development.
ESB ensures the quality of more formal learning programmes, inside universities, in workplaces and community groups through a process of endorsement against our criteria. Endorsement is given to high quality programmes that are relevant to today’s work with communities and support students to develop as competent professional practitioners. ESB also provides a certification route for  practitioners using their current practice to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.
ESB is an established and independent Company ltd by Guarantee, which does not receive any external funding. It works in partnership with other agencies to raise the profile of community development and to create and sustain a structure for community development learning. ESB is run by practitioners and is open to anyone interested in community development learning to join.

About ESB

The Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB) was established in 1997 to provide a professional system of endorsement of quality for all types of training and learning in community development work.

The role of the ESB is to ensure the standards in training and learning for community development work and workers through the professional recognition of learning. ESB contributes to a professional community development workforce accessing high quality learning through the endorsement of different learning opportunities.

Endorsing your training and learning activities is one key way of demonstrating the quality of your learning provision

The ESB endorses a broad range of learning opportunities:
    •    Higher degrees
    •    First degrees and units within degree programmes which are relevant to CDW
    •    Higher National qualifications
    •    Work based learning programmes including Recognition
    •    Short and long accredited programmes
    •    Non-accredited learning
    •    Mentoring systems
    •    Other innovative and informal methods of learning.

Benefits of endorsement

For your participants

    •    Participants on your learning programmes know they are working to nationally recognised standards
    •    Participants on your learning programmes know that their programmes are organised around best practice
    •    Participants on your learning programmes will have the added value of ESB endorsed learning under their belts and this will improve their chances in acquiring community development careers.
    •    Participants on your learning programmes will be involved in continuous professional development that is right for the challenges of community development work.

For your organisation
    •    As an organisation you have the opportunity to develop best practice with support from ESB
    •    Your organisation will be seen as having the learner at the heart of your provision
    •    You can kitemark your provision demonstrating quality in community development learning

For employers
    •    Employers of Community Development Workers can see first hand that participants on your learning programmes have completed a period of study combining theory and practice and are competent to take on community development roles.

What to do next

Contact us by clicking here. We can offer advice on what the type of endorsement is right for you.