FAB Awards
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    FAB 2018 Awards

    Celebrating success in awarding.

    Entry open to all FAB members.

The categories and finalists of the
FAB 2018 Awards are:

Awarding organisation of the year - sponsored by Creatio

For the prestigious title of Awarding Organisation of the year we wanted to know what has made your organisation exceptional this year. This may be the result of a major new development in the organisation, its qualifications or the way that it works with customers and/or learners. It may be because the organisation has made a major contribution to the development of the awarding industry or to the world of education and skills. The Awarding Organisation of the year will have done more than ‘business as usual’ and be able to showcase the contribution that AOs make to education and skills in the UK. We encourage organisations of all sizes to apply for this award.


  • Active IQ
  • AIM Awards
  • Gateway Qualifications
  • Highfield Qualifications
  • NCFE
  • NOCN

Qualification of the year - sponsored by Coelrind

A qualification can be successful in different ways which can include impressive sales that reflect its popularity, an innovative approach in the qualification and/or assessment, meeting an emerging industry need or making a major impact in a niche sector. It needs to represent the best practice in awarding and so represent the contribution that qualifications make to the education and skills sector. Our finalists highlighted what makes their qualification stand out from others offered by their own organisation and others. Qualifications entered for this award are regulated by Ofqual, SQA, Qualifications Wales or CCEA.


  • NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
  • CIH Level 3 in Supporting Homeless People
  • RHS Level 4 Diploma in Horticultural Practice (DHP)
  • Ascentis Level 1 Award in Mental Health & Well-being
  • Qualsafe Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF)

Outstanding contribution of the year - sponsored by PSI

The objective of this award is to recognise an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the organisation, the awarding industry or the wider education and skills sector. The individual does not necessarily need to be employed by an awarding organisation, but the nomination must demonstrate that the individual values the contribution of awarding organisations and qualifications.


  • Gareth Owen, ACCA
  • Joanne Creeden, Agored Cymru
  • Lindsay Price, Ascentis
  • Toby McClane, Qualsafe
  • Katie Orr, TQUK

Learner of the year - sponsored by Gordon Associates

This award recognises outstanding achievement of an individual learner. The learner must have achieved a professional/technical qualification from a FAB full member organisation within the last two years. The learner must have demonstrated an enthusiasm for learning and have developed a high level of understanding and skill in their industry.


  • Judith Mair, EAL
  • Joe Seddon, FDQ
  • Sai Ywet Tai, NCC Education
  • Kayleigh Milne, ACCA
  • Luke Rees, Sports Leaders UK

Collaboration of the year - sponsored by Smart Assessor

This award is about recognising the ways in which awarding organisations, or teams within awarding organisations collaborate to achieve excellence. This could be how your organisation has partnered with centre(s), suppliers, other awarding organisations or even how individuals have collaborated as part of a team or cross organisationally. The winner of this award will be exceptional – they may have developed effective leading edge practices, demonstrated excellent customer service and satisfaction, shown exceptional quality improvement or had a major impact on the organization, the awarding industry as a whole or on learners. Collaboration of the year is about delivering excellent practice and/or leading edge ideas.


  • ABE collaboration with The Entrepreneurs Network to raise awareness about how more could be done to support vulnerable businesses through education
  • Agored Cymru collaboration with skills competition experts to support education practitioners to develop future skills excellence competitors
  • Qualsafe collaboration with Medipro to produce registered Paramedic programme
  • Sports Leaders UK collaboration with Health Education England and Youth Sports Trust to create a pathway to employment opportunities in the NHS
  • STA collaboration with experts from the world open water swimming to create specialist coaching qualification

Innovation of the year - sponsored by Advanced Secure Technologies

This award recognises the company that successfully applies any form of innovation, celebrating the ideas that have had the greatest impact on an organisation or industry.

Whether the innovation is a new product, a service or a culture of improvement, the entry included evidence of how the innovation has been developed and applied to improve performance, operational effectiveness or customer engagement to improve the learners’ experience and bring something new to the awarding industry.


  • ACCA Ethics and Professional Skills Module
  • Active IQ Flair for Fitness Platform
  • Agored Cymru Learning Core Qualification
  • Qualsafe 2-year Registered Paramedic Programme



Headline sponsor of FAB 2018 Awards

Creatio provides a wide range of services to Awarding Organisations (AO):

Consultancy services from independent audits; on-going regulatory advice and support and trouble-shooting; AO recognition applications to sitting on committees as a regulatory advisor. Our consultants are ex-AO and/or regulatory staff and have gained AO recognition for numerous organisations under the General Conditions and therefore have an excellent understanding of regulatory requirements and expectations.

The creatiogreen system – an intuitive centre and AO focussed workflow solution that is configured to meet an AO’s needs and underpins their Governance, Qualification Development, Centre Management and Learner Registration/Certification processes. It has been expanded to support the end-to-end AAO/EPA lifecycle from apprenticeship set-up, to enrollment/registration to the booking and allocation of external assessors as well as holding achievement outcomes and evidence.

Visit us during the conference to find out more. Phone Alan Long on 07985 193 541, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.creatio.org.uk


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FAB 2017 Award Winners


FAB 2017 Awards winners were announced at the annual awards dinner held during the FAB 2017 Conference, Awards and Exhibition, which brought together over 400 awarding and assessment professionals.

A video from the evening can be watched here.


The winners announced on the night were:

Sponsored by Coelrind
Awarding Organisation of the Year

Awarding Organisation of the Year

Sponsored by PSI
Team of the Year

Team of the Year

Sports Leaders UK
Sponsored by Cirrus Assessment
Qualification of the Year

Qualification of the Year

Agored Cymru Level 4 Diploma in Data Analytics
Sponsored by Gordon Associates
Individual Contribution of the Year

Individual Contribution of the Year

Nigel Barraclough, Qualsafe Awards
Sponsored by British Council
Innovation of the Year

Innovation of the Year

City & Guilds and Worldchefs Digital Credentials using Open Badge technology