Showcase

CENTRES

ABC Awards is committed to recognising Centre success.

Whether it’s outstanding tutors and learners, connections with industry or state-of-the art facilities, there are many reasons why our Showcase Centres represent the best in their individual sectors and regions.

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An ABC Awards Showcase Centre for Catering.

BEDFORD COLLEGE

Who are you?

Bedford College Hospitality and Catering Department trains the chefs and food service staff of today for tomorrows’ future, in the realistic working environment of our fully equipped kitchens and award-winning training restaurant “25” which has a customer base of students, staff and the general public.

What do you deliver?

A range of professional courses including Level 1 Certificate in Hospitality and NVQ Diplomas in Professional Cookery and Food and Beverage Service. We also offer a range of modern apprenticeships as well as the popular ABC Awards Cake Decoration and Wired Sugar Flowers classes, giving our students the skills and qualifications for their own projects and for every kind of role in the food service and hospitality industries.

How have you made a difference?

Working with ABC Awards has allowed us to deliver industry-recognised qualifications across a range of catering disciplines. Cake decoration and wired sugar flowers continue to be a popular choice with part-time students who appreciate the strong skills they develop and the well-planned course materials and evaluations. We pride ourselves on the personal one to one support that we offer which is welcomed by our students and which in turn contributes to their hard effort which results in high standards of work produced.

Why do you enjoy working with ABC Awards? 

ABC Awards’ qualifications provide a great variety of techniques to teach my students, and communication is excellent – quick and helpful responses to emails and they always listen and take on board feedback. The courses are also well tailored to what my students want, with minimal paperwork and lots of practical activities.”

Tatiana, Cake Decoration and Wired Sugar Flowers Tutor

The support that ABC Awards have offered me this year has been second to none. Helpful, informative and always on hand to offer advice where needed.

Anthony, Curriculum Manager

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An ABC Awards Showcase Centre for Counselling

BEDONWELL COUNSELLING

Who are you?

Bedonwell Counselling is an independent training organisation forged in the belief that the most effective way for each individual to acquire new skills and develop deeper self-knowledge is to be an active participant in their own learning.

What do you deliver?

We deliver ABC Awards Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma Counselling Training as well as developing and running two Level 6 post qualification courses; a Diploma in Supervision and a Diploma in Working with Children and Young People both endorsed by the Quality License Scheme.

How have you made a difference?

Our dedicated training centre is designed to create a conducive learning environment. At our centre, learners can actively engage in developing the skills and knowledge needed to meet the growing awareness in society for qualified counselling professionals to support the rising numbers of people suffering from mental health issues. Over the last six years our wide range of training courses have facilitated over 200 students to achieve their counselling qualifications.

Why do you enjoy working with ABC Awards? 

ABC Awards are always helpful and supportive. Any queries or clarifications about the qualifications have been answered clearly and quickly enabling us to provide an excellent service to our learners.

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BELFAST MET COLLEGE

Who are you?

Belfast Met is an award winning college with the widest range of courses available in further and higher education in Northern Ireland.

What do you deliver?

Belfast Met works at a strategic level in providing education, training and skills to enhance individual, community and economic success to 26000 students. Individually tailored support is provided, designed to enhance the student experience so that the best learning experience is received by all.

How have you made a difference?

In recent years, Belfast has become a major tourist hub with the world’s number one tourist attraction, the Titanic Signature Building literally 50 metres from the College. In addition to this, Belfast has planned to open over twenty new hotels in the city. This push on providing employees for the Industry means that ABC Awards is invaluable in providing the necessary qualifications to facilitate this.

Why do you enjoy working with ABC Awards? 

ABC Awards have always been extremely helpful in providing our Centre with the necessary resources and support needed. We are delighted to be named as a showcase centre for the fifth year running and hope to build on the wonderful working relationship that we enjoy with ABC Awards.

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An ABC Awards Showcase Centre for Fabrication and Welding.

CHESTERFIELD COLLEGE

Who are you?

The Chesterfield College Group is a leading provider of further education, higher education, apprenticeships and professional training, with a national reputation for the quality of our provision and the high standards of customer service and support we offer.

What do you deliver?

Chesterfield College attracts students from across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The college is very much at the heart of the community it serves and provides a range of courses that aim to offer a route into education and training for everyone, whatever level they are working at. The college works closely with local employers and researches labour marketing information and industry projections to ensure that the curriculum offer reflects the needs of the area. This ensures that our students enrol on a course that has clear pathways to further study and/or employment opportunities once they leave us.

How have you made a difference?

We have provided apprenticeships and other work-based training to a large range of Fabrication and Welding Engineering companies; we are able to meet their needs by delivering the large range of specialist units from the suite of ABC Awards qualifications.

Why do you enjoy working with ABC Awards?

There is a skills shortage in the industry, we required qualifications that would bridge this gap and the flexibility from ABC Awards was just what was required to allow us to develop the skills needed in engineering and manufacturing, talents much in demand in the UK market. ABC Awards have always been very helpful, supportive and have always been willing to listen to centre’s views and act upon them via qualification development meetings. We are able to deliver a variety of welding, fabrication units plus Materials, Science and Calculations and Welding Inspection and Quality Assurance, this would not have been possible without the support of ABC Awards.

Ray, Career Pathway Leader

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An ABC Awards Showcase Centre for Counselling.

CITY LIT

Who are you?

City Lit is where London learns, with a huge range of evening, weekend and daytime courses, ranging from Counselling and Psychology to Personal Development, Wellbeing to Health and Lifestyle and Languages to drama, and many more.

What do you deliver?

City Lit is the capital’s ultimate and largest destination for inspiring courses for adults in Europe. Each year we offer thousands of part-time short courses, from one-off sessions to year-long programmes, so choosing a course to fit around your busy life is easy. Most of our classes take place in our bright, modern flagship building in Covent Garden and are taught by inspiring, enthusiastic teachers, many of whom are leading experts and practitioners in their field.

How have you made a difference?

The robust structure and rigorous quality processes of ABC Awards’ counselling qualifications have meant, in collaboration with the meticulous course management and high standards of teaching delivery at City Lit, that together we have facilitated Students to achieve their qualification. Thereby producing a strong body of professionally qualified ethical and reflective practitioners to work in the Counselling and Psychotherapy field.

As a result of becoming qualified, students have been able to realise their goals for embarking on counselling training. These vary from career changes at different stages of life to fulfilling what many describe as their “calling” or “purpose”.

Why do you enjoy working with ABC Awards? 

The high levels of support that we receive from ABC Awards, particularly from our allocated External Moderator has been consistently valuable. We have always been empowered to make progressive steps as a result of consultation.

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An ABC Awards Showcase Centre for Fashion and Textiles.

FASHION ENTER

Who are you?

Fashion Enter is an award-winning social enterprise uniting the public and private sectors to revive UK fashion manufacturing by delivering outstanding production skills qualifications and apprenticeships in a live fully audited ethical factory environment.

What do you deliver?

Fashion Enter has the first Fashion Technology Academy in Europe which is a collaboration with Haringey Council and ASOS to provide outstanding training. It is also the largest provider nationwide for the Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship programme working with a total of 33 retailers including Marks & Spencer, New Look, Arcadia and Hobbs. They have been awarded the Tick – a mark of excellence provided by the government body Creative Skillset.

How have you made a difference?

In recent decades, fashion and textiles manufacturing in the UK has struggled due to competition from low-cost production in countries such as China and India, and an ageing workforce. Fashion Enter sought qualifications that would bridge this gap, to reintroduce stitching skills back into garment manufacturing in the UK.

The success of the Stitching Academy has now lead to a grant from London Borough of Haringey Council of over £500,000 to create a new state of the art Fashion Technology Academy so we can deliver more specific and niche qualifications such as machine maintenance and quality control.

Why do you enjoy working with ABC Awards?

ABC Awards are incredibly helpful and supportive. We had no idea whatsoever on how to write a new qualification, but meetings were arranged and a full review of current qualifications was undertaken too. We collaborated with Creative Skillset to create the most ideal new qualification for a Level 1 Award in Stitching Skills which we believe has been very successful nationwide. We could not have managed to create this new qualification nor understand how NOS works without this help and support from ABC Awards.

Jenny, Chief Executive, Fashion Enter

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An ABC Awards Showcase Centre for Fabrication and Welding.

HIGHLANDS COLLEGE

Who are you?

The mission of Highlands College is to meet the further and higher education needs of the people of Jersey and our working aim is to provide a high quality 21st century learning environment that will enable students to develop the know-how and wherewithal to live economically, socially and personally fulfilling lives.

What do you deliver?

Working with all relevant industries within Jersey, including States of Jersey, utility companies as well as private companies, we deliver all welding and fabrication units at all levels. This is helping to train a new generation of skilled trades personal for future projects on the island of Jersey and beyond.

How have you made a difference?

Due to the wide range of units available from ABC Awards and utilising our tutors wide ranging industrial experience, we are able to structure a course to suit both the employers and employees exacting needs. We are the only engineering training provider on the island and therefore need to be able to satisfy industries demands for welders, fabricators, general engineers and car body specialists. We are delighted to be able to cater for learners who only need one specific skill or learners who are considering a change of career.

Why do you enjoy working with ABC Awards?

Working closely with ABC Awards, we have been able to work in degree of flexibility within delivery of the fabrication and welding programme. This has allowed us to become involved in various charity and community engineering projects. These projects have enriched the learning experience of our students and raised the profile of the engineering department within Highlands College.

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An ABC Awards Showcase Centre for Counselling.

KIRKLEES COLLEGE

Who are you?

Kirklees College is a large, further education centre which specialises in providing high quality courses for the counselling sector.

What do you deliver?

We deliver ABC Awards qualifications from Level’s 2 to Level 4, enabling students to progress from introductory level to full, professional counselling diplomas. Our staff are highly qualified as both practising counsellors and teaching professionals, and students benefit from excellent levels of personal, as well as academic, support. We aim to share as much good practice as we can with other educational organisations on either a local, regional or national level.

How have you made a difference?

Working with ABC Awards has enabled us to deliver qualifications which are highly regarded, and very well known, in the counselling sector. Both students and employers have great confidence in the qualifications we offer, courses which are understood to be relevant to the current job market, and likely to lead to a rich and rewarding career in the counselling sector. ABC Awards is a student-centred validating body who, like us, do everything they can to ensure that students are supported to achieve.

Why do you enjoy working with ABC Awards?

We have found ABC Awards to be extremely supportive and helpful in enabling us to confidently deliver quality provision to meet our learners needs.  In addition to fulfilling the growing popularity and demand of counselling training in the workplace. It is an honour to receive the Showcase Centre status by ABC Awards to reflect the hard work that is undertaken by our tutors and students. The status will help strengthen our relationships with local counselling organisations by fulfilling the needs of the diverse community through a range of counselling support.

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An ABC Awards Showcase Centre for Fashion and Textiles.

KEY TRAINING & LEARNING

Who are you?

Key Training and Learning (KTL) is an award winning private training provider established for 20 years supporting the much needed essential skills training to the apparel and textile manufacturing industry. We have strong links with manufacturers mainly across the East Midlands including workshops within HM Prison Service.

As a training provider we are rigorously audited and monitored by funding and awarding bodies to ensure delivery and processes meet the necessary expected high quality standards.

What do you deliver?

KTL delivers single qualifications and apprenticeships in sewn products and textile production in the work place to employed individuals. We also support long term unemployed vulnerable groups at our studio in Derby by helping to break down barriers which impede their ability to move closer towards work or further education.

Over the last two years we expanded our NVQ delivery into workshops at HMP Whatton, HMP Ranby, HMP Sudbury, HMP Nottingham and HMP Gartree offering the opportunity for offenders to achieve an accredited qualification mapped to their work in sewn products and textile production.

All of our fashion and textiles qualifications are accredited by ABC Awards.

How have you made a difference?

Since collaborating with ABC Awards in 2009, there has been a significant improvement in the content and quality of the qualifications available, notably more aligned with the employer’s skills needs.

Why do you enjoy working with ABC Awards?

KTL is proud to be an approved Centre for ABC Awards delivering Fashion and Textiles qualifications. ABC Awards’ excellent communication and ongoing support plays a significant role in KTL’s aim to constantly achieve high standards of training within the industry. The support we receive is valuable to both KTL and the industry.

Tracy, Managing Director

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An ABC Awards Showcase Centre for Fashion and Textiles.

TEXTILE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

Who are you?

The Textile Centre of Excellence is a not-for profit, industry owned Group Training Association, and the largest provider of textile and apparel apprenticeships in the UK. The Centre is situated in the heart of the UK’s textile manufacturing industry in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and has over 100 member companies.

What do you deliver?

The Centre is an Ofsted Grade 2 organisation with success, achievement and retention at record highs (95%). It is the largest provider of textile and apparel apprenticeships in the UK, accounting for over half of the UK’s provision. The Centre works directly with the industry and provides a wide range of apprenticeships.

How have you made a difference?

As the UK’s largest provider, the Centre has worked exclusively with ABC Awards on textile and apparel qualifications for over a decade. By working closely with the sector, ABC Awards and the Centre of Excellence have been able to continuously provide first class support and guidance to the textile manufacturing industry, ensuring that qualifications remain relevant and valued in this innovative growth sector.

Why do you enjoy working with ABC Awards? 

By working with ABC Awards, together, we have been able to provide opportunities for hundreds of apprentices where work-based vocational opportunities provide a better platform to career growth. ABC Awards has worked alongside the Centre of Excellence every step of the way, ensuring that the offer to young people rivals university or other sector opportunities. We are pleased to have had the continuation of support from the team at ABC Awards for such a long time. Long may it continue!

Martin, Head of Business Development and Apprenticeship Champion, Textile Centre of Excellence

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