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FAB Awards 2019

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FAB Awards 2019 – 10th October, Marriott Hotel, Leicester

The FAB Awards, now in its fifth year, is an annual celebration of the awarding and assessment sector.  

This year’s winners:

Awarding Organisation of the Year – sponsored by Creatio

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.

Outstanding Contribution of the Year – sponsored by PSI

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.


FAB Awards 2019 Hall of Fame

Awarding Organisation of the Year
Signature
Innovation of the Year
Excellence, Achievement & Learning Limited (EAL) with Engineering Talent
Collaboration of the Year
Association of Business Executives (ABE) with United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
Outstanding Contribution of the Year
Marie Porter, Phoenix Community Housing
Learner of the year
Helen Bull
Exporter of the Year
NCC Education
Qualification of the Year
Excellence, Achievement & Learning Limited (EAL)

Judges

The judges for this year’s Awards were:

Professor Martin Doel CBE, Institute of Education, UCL

After training as a teacher, Martin joined the RAF and served for 28 years, leaving in 2008 as the Director of Training and Education for all three Armed Services.  After leaving the RAF, Martin was appointed as Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges. He left the AoC in 2016 to become the first Professor of Leadership in FE and Skills at UCL Institute of Education.  Most lately he has been Interim Chair of West Kent and Ashford College.


Sharon Blyfield, Head of Apprenticeships and HR Business Partner, Coca-Cola European Partners.

Sharon has been in the business for 24 years in a variety of functions and roles. She joined the business as part of the Cadbury Schweppes Finance head office team, then made the transition across to Coca-Cola and Schweppes and moved into the world of commercial field sales. Her third (and she says hopefully final!) career was a move into HR covering all elements of Supply Chain and now heading up the Coca-Cola European Partners Early Careers agenda for Great Britain. Having spent the majority of her career developing young talent at the start of their careers, her current remit fits perfectly with her passion to create opportunities to support the next generation of young leaders in industry.


Nicola Darke, Innovation & Human Potential Consultant / Transformation Coach, INNATE Innovation / Turbo Zen Ltd

Through speaking, consulting and individual leadership coaching, Nicola enables people and businesses to be innovative, rather than do innovation, by unlocking their human potential. With 10 years in the tech industry, driving adoption of structured and measured innovation programmes, and as a personal transformation coach, meditation and yoga teacher, Nic brings broad experience and a new holistic perspective to change, adaptability and our ability to perform at peak.


Award Categories

Awarding Organisation of the Year

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For the prestigious title of Awarding Organisation of the year we want 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.

The nomination must address all of the points below and use facts and figures to support statements made where possible.

  • What exceptional activity or development makes your awarding organisation different?
  • What challenges have been faced in the past year and how were they overcome?
  • What difference has the awarding organisation made to the lives of centres, learners and/or employers?
  • How does the awarding organisation demonstrate the value of awarding organisations to the education and skills sector?
  • Why does the awarding organisation deserve to win the award this year?

Qualification of the Year

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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. Your nomination needs to highlight what makes the qualification stand out from others offered by your own organisation and others. Qualifications entered for this award should be regulated by Ofqual, SQA, Qualifications Wales or CCEA.

The nomination must address all of the points below and use facts and figures to support statements made where possible.

  • Tell us about the qualification e.g. size, level, overview of content, assessment, target market, when it went live and number of registrations to date.
  • How does the qualification fit with the other qualifications offered by your organization (if it does)?
  • What need was the qualification designed to meet?
  • How well does the qualification meet that need and how has it exceeded expectations?
  • What makes the qualification exceptional/why does it deserve to win this award this year?

Collaboration of the Year

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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.

The nomination must address all of the points below and use facts and figures to support statements made where possible.

  • What individuals, teams or organisations have been involved in the collaboration?
  • How has the organisation demonstrated excellent practice and/or developed leading edge ideas?
  • What difference has this made to the organisation, centres, learners and/or the awarding industry?
  • What challenges (if any) were faced by those involved in developing this excellent leading edge practice and how were they overcome?
  • Why do they deserve to win this year?

Learner of the Year

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This award recognises outstanding achievement of an individual learner. The learner must have achieved a vocational or technical qualification at any level 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.

The nomination must address all of the following:

  • What was the qualification and level achieved?
  • How did the learner demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning?
  • How has the learner demonstrated that they have a high level of understanding and skill in their industry?
  • What challenges did the learner face and how were they overcome?
  • What are the future ambitions of the learner?
  • Why does the learner deserve to win the Award this year?

Outstanding Contribution of the Year

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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.

The nomination must address all of the points below and use facts and figures to support statements made where possible.

  • Name of the individual that you are nominating and contact details.
  • In what capacity do you know the individual that you are nominating for this award?
  • What contribution has the individual made to the organisation, awarding industry or wider education and skills sector.
  • Why do they deserve to win the award this year?

Innovation of the Year

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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 judges will look for 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.

The nomination must address all of the points below and use facts and figures to support statements made where possible.

  • Description of the innovation.
  • What research & development was undertaken prior to the launch?
  • How has the innovation benefited the organisation, centres, employers and/or learners?
  • What were the challenges and how were they overcome?
  • What is the potential for growth/improvement/further development?
  • Why should the innovation win this award this year?

Exporter of the Year

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This award recognises the success of your organisation’s exports/international business this year.  Whether you are new to exporting or have exported for many years, the judges will look for evidence of the export growth achieved and the organisation’s overall strategy and commitment to international business.

The nomination must address all of the points below and use facts and figures to support statements made where possible.

  • What have been your export/international successes over the past year?
  • What were the key challenges and how were they overcome? (e.g. identifying/overcoming cultural barriers, adapting your qualifications to meet centre/learner needs)
  • What is the potential for growth in your exports business? (e.g. new markets, additional staff, different marketing/sales strategies).  
  • Why should you win this award this year?