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Innovation Skills Certification (IKE Assured)

Recognising Innovation Skills & Competencies within Eductaion & Learning

IKE (Innovation and Knowledge Exchange) Assured® is an independent accreditation that is used by universities and colleges to demonstrate the value and relevance of innovation and problem-solving skills within their educational programmes. It provides a platform that educators can apply to demonstrate their students’ ability to examine a problem or challenge, collect useful information, apply problem solving strategies, build a business case, execute a plan, monitor progress, and critically review each step.

Achieving the IKE Assured® Accreditation differentiates your organisation from competitors and signal to students, employers and other stakeholders that your graduates possess the innovation skills and problem-solving competencies required to succeed in today's ever changing business environment.

Innovation is a professional discipline. Individuals’ skills and knowledge can be developed and recognised. As the professional body for innovators, the IKE Institute has developed the Innovation Skills and Competencies Framework™ with input and guidance from the Innovation Council and many organisations worldwide.

IKE Assured® is a process of accrediting innovation skills and competencies. It acts as a barometer for assessing the innovation culture readiness. It is used by organisations such as EDF Energy, Thales, MBDA Missile Systems, University of Plymouth, London Southbank University amongst others to demonstrate the value and relevance of the innovation skills and competency development within their learning and training programmes.

IKE Assured® can be used as a key differentiator to attract and retain employees. It also signals to employees and stakeholders the organisation’s focus on developing a culture of innovation.

KE Assured® focuses on how the development of innovation skills and competencies are being undertaken and their impact on the organisation. IKE Assured evaluates innovation training and development programmes using the IKE Assured Framework criteria that identifies where and how innovation skills and practices are being developed.

The IKE Assured Accreditation Framework was published in 2013 in the prestigious Science in Parliament Journal. Click here to read the article.

The IKE Assured Accreditation Framework was published in 2013 in the prestigious Science in Parliament Journal. Click here to read the article.


IKE Assured®  is suitable for any educational provider (colleges and universities) able to demonstrate the development of innovation and problem-solving skills and competencies in their students and graduates. 


Helps your organisation to develop:
  1. Innovation skills in people
  2. Better creative problem solving skills
  3. Innovation talent (in students & staff)
  4. A culture of innovation
  5. A consistent innovation vocabulary
  6. Accredited innovation programmes by the UK professional body for Innovation
  7. Improved employer engagement
  8. Professional recognition and direct full membership entry grade (with post-nominals MIKE and FIKE).
Thus, ensuring an effective and sustainable innovation skills and capability.

In addition, the IKE Institute’s Certified Innovation courses offer a rich source for professional development in the innovation discipline to equip individuals, practitioners and business leaders to pursue their initiatives and future innovation assessments with confidence.


The IKE Assured® accreditation process follows five steps: 

Step 1 – Explore and Inform

This step involves a half-day workshop, in which the Institute’s Advisors explain the overall process, run through the Self-Assessment Form and identify what will be expected during the Validation.

Step 2 – Self-Assessment 

The organisation completes and submits the IKE Assured® Self-Assessment form.

Step 3 – IKE Institute Validation Panel  

The IKE Validation Panel visits the organisation and hears presentations, views evidence and hears stakeholder evidence. The Panel includes sector representatives and Institute’s specialist Advisor’s.

Step 4 – Validation Panel Report

The Panel will assess your application and generates a Recommendation Report and an Action Plan for improvement. The Report will then be submitted to the Innovation Councilfor final assessment and ratification.

Step 5 – Feedback and Action Plan 

Further input will be provided by the Innovation Council, who has the authority to ratify and confer the accreditation award.  Upon successful achievement of the IKE Assured® Accredited status, you will receive the IKE Assured Certificate(s) together with the Award.  The IKE Assured Award lasts for 3 years with a monitoring of progress conducted annually. Successful participants of the accredited innovation programme will be admitted with Full Membership to the IKE Institute. 

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Plymouth University

“Plymouth University is very proud of its track record in the field of innovation. The entrepreneurial experience of the innovation centre managers, the focus and support for students and client businesses, particularly young entrepreneurs, the methods of engagement such as with business competitions and entrepreneurs-in-residence, and the levels of community engagement, with 16,000 visitors interacting with the centres have all been recognised with the IKE Accreditation.”
Bernard Curren, Director of Cornwall Innovation & Innovation Lead at Plymouth University, Nov 2015

MBDA Missile Systems

"Achieving the IKE Accreditation Award provided external recognition for all our employees that have been involved in the innovation programme. It enabled us to benchmark our content, processes and delivery. It also means that all successful participants on the innovation programme will be eligible for a full membership grade of the IKE Institute and will also be awarded the Certificate of Professionalism of Innovation Practice. This is brilliant news and a great honour for MBDA.

EDF Energy Campus

“As part of our continuous improvement within Learning, Training and Development at EDF Energy, we wanted to strengthen the innovation skills developed within two of our Campus Training programmes (EDF Energy & Me! and the Structured Approach to Training – SAT) and assess the innovation skills and competencies that are being developed at different levels skills in people as a result of these programmes. We also wanted to highlight the value of developing creative problem-solving capability in our people.

The IKE Accreditation process was invaluable in providing us with a structure on how to build innovation skills within our programmes and achieve the desired business impact. The IKE Innovation Skills Development Framework (covered such categories as approach to innovation, creative thinking, developing a sustainable innovation culture, generating and implementing ideas, value creation).  A key by-product of the IKE Accreditation is the strengthening of employee engagement and the raising of people’s aspirations to achieve more by providing certification to our staff who have undertaken these accredited programmes. The recognition of our EDF Energy & Me! and SAT training programmes through the IKE Accreditation has helped us to underpin not only emerging talent development and quality enhancement initiatives in our business but also to benchmark our approach to innovation skills development much more broadly. The Innovation Institute’s team has shared with us their experiences on developing innovation skills and have provided examples of best practice within and outside our sector.

The External Validation by members of the Innovation Council has meant that we can now follow the action plan for improvement with confidence. We were thrilled to receive the IKE Accreditation Award at Innovisions 2014 by the Minister for Energy and Climate Change.” 

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