The FAB 2019 Awards held at the end of the first day of the Federation of Awarding Bodies annual conference, on 10 October, saw over 230 experts in awarding and assessment come together and celebrate the contributions made by awarding organisations and their employees to education and skills in the UK over the past year. Tom Bewick, FAB Chief Executive, said “we received a record number of entries to the Awards this year and the standard was exceptionally high. The FAB Awards is an opportunity for the industry to come together to celebrate success and share good practice and all of the winners were deserving of their award.”

The winners are:


Signature: for providing highly valuable and socially connective qualifications with an innovative approach and a distinctive assessment methodology, making a real difference not only to a defined community but to help integrate different communities.

QUALIFICATION OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Coelrind

Excellence, Achievement & Learning Limited (EAL) with EAL Level 3 Award in the Requirements of Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems for Buildings BS 5839-1:201: a qualification that goes towards saving lives, designed to remove the barriers to takeup.

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Smart Assessor

Association of Business Executives (ABE) with United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) – for making a real difference by enabling and structuring the informal economy in a complex environment, assisting learners to gain confidence and contribute to the economy.

LEARNER OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Gordon Associates

Helen Bull, with an IQL UK qualification. Helen has shown outstanding achievement as a learner and demonstrated strength and determination to continue with her qualification whilst paying it forward to support others.


Marie Porter from Phoenix Community Housing, nominated by the Chartered Institute of Housing – for impressing judges by changing lives and empowering others to do the same.

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Advanced Secure Technologies

Excellence, Achievement & Learning Limited (EAL) with Engineering Talent – for joining the dots in the industry to create a coherent and holistic approach which is beneficial to all users. It enables learners to navigate their way through the industry end to end, making it a more effective way to engage, educate and get employed.

EXPORTER OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by TestReach

NCC Education – for the adaptation of their programmes to the relevant markets while still maintaining quality and removing the stigma around online learning.