FAB 2021 Awards

FAB 2021 Award Categories

Awarding organisation of the year

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 awarding organisations make to education and skills in the UK. We are particularly interested in hearing about how your organisation has developed inclusive practices around equality, diversity and inclusion. We encourage organisations of all sizes to apply for this award.

The nomination must address the following criteria and use facts and figures to support statements made where possible:

• Please enter the name of the awarding organisation you are nominating.
• 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?

End point assessment organisation of the year

New for 2021, for the prestigious title of End Point Assessment Organisation of the year, we want to know what has made your EPAO exceptional this year. You may be newly recognised or well-established as an EPAO, but will be able to demonstrate that you have done more than ‘business as usual’.
You will be able to showcase the contribution that your EPAO has made to learners, employers and industry. We are particularly interested in hearing about how your organisation has developed inclusive practices around equality, diversity and inclusion.
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:

• Please enter the name of the awarding organisation you are nominating.
• 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

A qualification can be successful in different ways which can include: impressive sales that reflect its popularity, an innovative approach to the qualification and/or assessment strategy, how you have ensured your content is inclusive and meets the need of a diverse range of learners, how it meets an emerging industry need, or how it makes a major impact in a niche sector. It needs to represent good practice in awarding and so demonstrate the important 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 Accreditation, Qualifications Wales or CCEA Regulation.

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 to win this year?

Collaboration of the year

This award is about recognising the ways in which awarding organisations, or teams within awarding organisations/EPAOs collaborate to achieve excellence. This could be how your organisation has partnered with centres(s), suppliers, other awarding organisations/EPAOs 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, on learners or employers. 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 have those collaborating 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

This award recognises the achievements of an individual learner. The learner must have achieved a qualification from a FAB full member organisation within the last two years. A learner may be nominated because they have demonstrated a high level of skill or competence in their learning, or they may have shown exceptional resilience through the various challenges brought on by Covid-19. In any case, they will have demonstrated an enthusiasm for learning beyond the requirements of their course.

The nomination must address all of the following:

• What is the name of the learner?
• What was the qualification level achieved?
• How did the learner demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning?
• 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?

Individual of the year

The objective of this award is to recognise an individual from a FAB full member organisation who has made an outstanding contribution to their awarding organisation/EPAO.

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 is their length of service?
• What contribution has the individual made? This may be about their leadership qualities, personal qualities, milestones met – most importantly they have been able to demonstrate their excellence in performance and personal accomplishments.
• Why do they deserve to win the award this year?

Innovation of the year

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 is the potential for growth/improvement/further development?
• Why should the innovation win this award this year?
• What were the challenges and how were they overcome?

Exporter of the year

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.

• 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?

FAB Outstanding contribution to FE and Skills during the pandemic

This special FAB Award recognises an outstanding contribution to FE and Skills during the pandemic. It can be an outstanding contribution made by an individual, team, awarding/assessment organisation or collaboration between an awarding organisation and a centre, for example.
The nomination must demonstrate an outstanding contribution to the awarding industry and/or wider FE and skills sector during the period of the various national coronavirus lockdowns, up until 19th July 2021, when most legal restrictions were lifted.

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

• Title/outline of the outstanding contribution that you are nominating and contact details of the nominator.
• Description of the impact the outstanding contribution has made to the FE/Skills sector during the pandemic?

Entries for the awards are now closed. The winners will be announced at the awards dinner on the 11th November.

Entry process

Entry is open to full members of the Federation via the website and the process is as follows:

  • 3 September: Awards open for entries
  • 15 October: Awards close for entries
  • 19 October: Awards shortlisting takes place (FAB Senior Management Team and Gavin O’Meara, Editor, FE News)
  • 21 October: Judging day takes place. 
  • 11 November: Awards winners announced

Judges

The independent judges are Rt Hon Anne Milton, Stella Mbubaegbu CBE, Black FE Leadership Group and Larissa Kennedy, NUS.

Rt Hon Anne Milton

Stella Mbubaegbu CBE, Black FE Leadership Group

Larissa Kennedy,
NUS

Shortlisting is undertaken by the Federation’s Senior Management Team with Gavin O’Meara, Editor at FE News.

Paul Eeles,
Chief Executive, Skills and Education Group

Paul will be presenting the FAB Outstanding contribution to FE and Skills during the pandemic Award.

Terms of entry

Entries will be shortlisted and judged against these two points:

  • That all specified criteria are addressed in the application within the word count.  These are tailored according to the category but are based around excellence, how challenges have been overcome, impact, value and currency.  Facts and figures should be relevant and support points made in the application.
  • The extent to which the activity is exceptional i.e. the extent to which it is beyond what would be considered normal practice/business as usual.

Terms of entry: 

  • Entry is only open to full members of the Federation.
  • A member may apply for more than one award category.
  • There is no charge for entry.
  • Only entries using the online entry site will be accepted.
  • Incomplete or indecipherable entries will be void.
  • Entries must be less than 1,000 words.
  • If an entry exceeds 1,000 words, entries will only be judged on the content of the first 1,000 words.
  • All entries received after 15 October will not be considered.
  • FAB reserves the right to publish details of organisations entering as part of the pre and post event publicity.
  • The FAB judges decision is final concerning all awards.
  • Judging will take place in October.
  • FAB reserves the right to postpone or cancel an awards category or the awards competition with immediate effect and without liability.
  • By entering the FAB Awards you warrant that all information submitted is true.