Sacha Finkle | NCFE

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Sacha Finkle
HEAD OF EPA OPERATIONS
Tell us a bit about you

I was born in Jersey, Channel Islands – which makes me a Jersey-Bean! However, my immediate family and I moved to Newcastle when I was very young. This probably makes me one of very few Jersey-beans with a Geordie accent. I still have a large extended family living in Jersey, so I spend as much time as possible on the island and see it as my second home. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, and our extended family and friends. I love having fun and making memories! I’m also really fortunate to be a trustee for a local charity that is very close to my heart. LegaCare is an independent charity in the North East of England, offering free legal advice and continued support to critically ill patients.

Tell us a bit about your career

Whilst working in private healthcare, I was presented with an opportunity to develop my skills in assessment and started delivering NVQ training nearly 20 years ago. Since then, I’ve been employed by national and regional training providers, delivering apprenticeships and traineeships. I’ve also worked for awarding organisations, providing external quality assurance services across multiple colleges and private training providers. At every stage of the apprenticeship journey of which I have been lucky enough to influence and provide support, I have felt great reward. I’ve met many employers, apprentices, assessors and internal quality assurers that have shown great commitment and excellence. I have worked for NCFE since 2018 as part of the end-point assessment (EPA) team. I saw the first apprentices cross the threshold into EPA in my first year and have seen the evolution of the department that sees thousands of apprentices through EPA each year.

Why NCFE?

Following the announcement of the apprenticeship reform and the introduction of end-point assessment, I knew I wanted to play a part in this fundamental change. The reform was something I strongly believe in, and I knew I wanted to influence driving the quality of apprenticeships. Having had experience with multiple awarding organisations, NCFE was the obvious choice. From experience, NCFE was accessible, approachable and forward thinking. From walking into the building during my recruitment, I knew I wanted to be part of NCFE. I felt confident that the organisation was learner focussed and had a strong focus on employee development, and I wasn’t wrong!

From walking into the building during my recruitment, I knew I wanted to be part of NCFE. I felt confident that the organisation was learner focussed and had a strong focus on employee development, and I wasn’t wrong!

Sacha Finkle