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COVID-19 updates

On 9 April 2020, the Secretary of State for Education issued a Ministerial Direction to Ofqual . This direction outlined the approach that Ofqual should take with Vocational and Technical qualifications with regards to COVID-19. Following this, Ofqual launched a consultation regarding a temporary extraordinary regulatory framework. Our team have since produced guidance setting out…

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Approach to Assessment of Qualifications

On 9 April 2020, the Secretary of State for Education issued a Ministerial Direction to Ofqual . This direction outlined the approach that Ofqual should take with Vocational and Technical qualifications with regards to COVID-19. Following this, Ofqual launched a consultation regarding a temporary extraordinary regulatory framework. Skills and Education Group Awards is currently working…

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Animal Care Qualifications give more than just fuzzy feelings

The UK has always been known as a nation of animal lovers, so we can see why the animal care industry is now worth a staggering £1 billion to the UK’s economy. As the demand for animal care specialists increases, so does the need for qualified and competent learners to become employed within the sector.…

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Pathway to Success: Level 5 Diploma in Bespoke Tailoring

John joined the first cohort at The Tailoring Academy studying for the then newly launched qualification in September 2018, as a recent fashion design graduate from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. During his admission interview, he explained he was looking for solid traditional tailoring skills, as well as training in pattern…

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A day in the life of a… Marketing Apprentice

Hi, my name is Emily and I am currently doing the Level 4 Marketing Executive apprenticeship with the Skills and Education Group. I’ve already shared a bit of my story here, but I wanted to give you more of an insight into what a normal day as a marketing apprentice looks like! 8:00am – I’ve…

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Meet our Apprentices #NAW2020

Hiring an apprentice can diversify and benefit your business in a number of ways. It also gives someone the opportunity to learn practical skills and gain a qualification at the same time. This is why we are supporting National Apprenticeship Week 2020. The theme for this year is to ‘Look Beyond’ the outdated stereotypes that…

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What’s new for 2020?

January seems to have flown by at the blink of an eye! We are full steam ahead into the New Year and a new decade, with some exciting developments and events to share with you. Advancements within our Animal Care qualifications Level 2 Certificate in Equine Hydrotherapy is the newest qualification being developed in line…

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Essential Skills qualifications gives every learner a chance

While some learners find a clear route to higher education with little complications, there are some learners who require more guidance and academic support. The Skills and Education Group Awards Essential Skills suite of qualifications are primarily designed to enable learners with few or no formal or appropriate qualifications to gain the confidence, knowledge and…

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Thinking about becoming an Independent End-point Assessor for the Fashion and Textiles sector?

Independent End-point Assessors (IEPA) and End-point Organisations (EPAO) are part of the new era of the apprenticeship process, with the Skills and Education Group Awards becoming approved as an EPAO for a host of Fashion and Textiles standards. As experts in their field and with substantial industry experience under their belt, Independent End-point Assessors will…

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Learners’ achievements celebrated at Textile Centre of Excellence Annual Awards Ceremony

The Annual Awards Presentation Ceremony at the Textile Centre of Excellence in Huddersfield is a great opportunity for companies, that have worked with the centre over the last twelve months, to celebrate the achievements of their learners. Skills and Education Group Awards is delighted to provide sponsorship once again for this prestigious event, which marks…

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What is EPA?

In the recent years, apprenticeships have moved away from the more traditional frameworks. New apprenticeship standards have emerged, with mandatory End-point Assessments giving the updated apprenticeship structure a new format. But what does the new standard look like and what actually is EPA? Apprenticeship standards are developed by employers that are representative of the chosen…

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Exciting News from the Skills and Education Group

The Skills and Education Group have announced three exciting new developments to help member organisations get more out of their membership. The new online Membership Hub, the opening of grant applications via the Skills and Education Group Foundation, and an improved events booking system for professional development networks mean there’s no better time to be…

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New Suite of Canine Hydrotherapy Qualifications

Skills and Education Group Awards are proud to announce the launch of two brand new industry-specific canine hydrotherapy qualifications, creating a suite of qualifications for those looking to train in a career as a Canine Hydrotherapist. The new qualifications are the Level 2 Certificate for Canine Hydrotherapy Assistants and the Level 4 Diploma in Canine…

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Recovery and Handling of Mobile Automotive Refrigerant (F-Gas)

The Skills and Education Group Awards are pleased to announce the development of the Recovery and Handling of Mobile Automotive Refrigerant accreditation launching in September. This latest development is aimed at technicians who work on automotive mobile air conditioning systems, who under EU law, must be qualified to work in this area. The accreditation covers…

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New Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Photography

We are delighted to announce the development of a new suite of qualifications in photography launching in September 2019. These qualifications available as a Level 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma offer learners a range of units in specific areas of photography. Each unit enables learners to develop methodological and technical skills within a specific area.…

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Service and Repair of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

The relentless drive in technology advancement across all vehicle types has created unprecedented skills shortages across the wider Automotive Sector (reported in IMI State of the Sector Report). This skills gap has significantly increased in recent years and the first wave of hybrid cars are now falling outside of manufacturer’s warranty and entering the Independent…

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Specialist Sub-contractor and Independent End-point Assessor Opportunities

Skills and Education Group Awards is looking for specialist sub-contractors and Independent End-point Assessors to join its team of moderators, examiners and independent assessors. Sub-contractors are subject specialists and act as our representatives, liaising with approved centres to establish consistency in the processes and standards of assessment and quality assurance. Our Moderators support continuous improvement…

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ABC Awards’ Fashion and Textiles Qualifications Gain Industry Recognition

ABC Awards is delighted to announce that 17 of our fashion and textiles qualifications have gained recognition from the UK Fashion and Textiles Association’s (ukft) Industry Recognition Programme. ukft launched their Industry Recognition Programme to ensure qualifications in the sector are both applicable and necessary for employers and learners alike. ABC Awards are the first…

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Our Quality Licence Scheme is continuing to reach high standards

The Quality Licence Scheme (QLS) is our flagship product designed specifically to recognise the excellent course provision created by our Providers. Being approved and endorsed for QLS demonstrates that you are committed to delivering quality learning and that you have been endorsed by two respected brands within the awarding market ABC Awards and Certa Awards.…

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We are helping youth to engineer the right careers

The Youth Education Project, a not-for-profit social enterprise, in Leicester has been working with ABC Awards to deliver Motor Vehicle Awards, Certificates and Diplomas, (as well as in Personal and Social Development and Design and Creative Studies) since it was established in 2011. Speaking of the growing and mutually beneficial relationship, Lee Walker, the organisation’s…

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University of Bolton offers learners additional counselling certificates

University of Bolton’s Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling course, ranked in the UK’s top five for teaching quality by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, has embedded opportunities into the curriculum to gain counselling skills certificates, accredited by ABC Awards. Founded in 1998, ABC Awards offers Ofqual and Qualification Wales recognised and…

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New Level 5 Qualification for the luxury tailors and cutters of tomorrow

ABC Awards has worked closely with the Savile Row Bespoke Association and UKFT to develop an exciting national qualification for the fashion and textiles industry. The Level 5 Diploma in Bespoke Tailoring provides learners with the practical skills and knowledge needed within bespoke garment production and the luxury garment market to work as a highly-skilled tailor and/or cutter. The qualification has…

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Kirklees College Receives ABC Awards Showcase Centre Status

Our Director of Awarding Services, Fiona Grant along with other members of the ABC Awards team visited Kirklees College on Monday 13 November to present them with their Showcase Centre status for their counselling qualifications. Kirklees College were presented with Showcase Centre status following a review of their practice. The college consistently have high standards…

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Wakefield College receives ABC Awards Showcase Centre Status

Our Director of Awarding Services, Fiona Grant, visited Wakefield College on Friday 6 October to present them with their Showcase Centre Award for their motor vehicle courses. Wakefield College is impressively the largest college in the district and last year taught 9,950 students and received an overall satisfaction rating of 94% from their FE Students.…

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