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Quality Management Standard ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 Awards

The Rural Development Council (RDC) has been awarded two prestigious standards of quality accreditation from the leading assessment, verification and certification body, NQA.

The Cookstown based business received the much sought after QMS ISO 9001 and EMS ISO 14001 certifications for its commitment to maintaining a quality management system and maintaining an environmental management system.

The awards were presented recently following a thorough assessment earlier this year of the record keeping systems and ecological procedures of the organisation which offers a range of development, support and training services to an array of clients across Northern Ireland, the Border Counties and further afield.

Teresa Canavan, RDC Chief Executive, said these latest accolades are a reflection of the professionalism and commitment of the organisation.

“The awarding of these ISO standards is a tremendous boost to the Rural Development Council and fitting recognition of the high standards and attention to detail throughout the organisation.

“These things make all the difference to us as an organisation. They help us to work smarter and more efficiently across the myriad of services and support programmers we offer.

 “I would like to thank our Director of Corporate Services, Jane Thom, for her continued commitment to ensuring these standards are maintained and correct procedures are adhered to at all times.

“The ISO accreditations highlight the pride we take in our work and emphasise to all our clients just how important quality is to us in everything we do.”

The certificates were awarded by NQA on 22.07.14 and are valid until 22.07.17.


Lantra Awards Provider

The Rural Development Council was appointed as a Lantra Awards Provider in August 2015.

This accolade gives the organisation access to over 400 training courses and qualifications covering current safe working procedures, legislation and codes of practice. All of Lantra Awards training courses and qualifications are quality controlled and assured.

The importance of training is universally recognised in land based industries as the key to improved skills, business performance and profitability. Employers who invest effectively in training report higher productivity, fewer accidents, more highly motivated employees and more satisfied customers.