170 years of people

This year marks NCFE’s 170 year anniversary and through that time the organisation has evolved considerably from the Northern Union of Mechanics’ Institutes (NUMI), established in 1848, to one of the largest UK awarding organisations, offering a huge range of products in different sector areas. You, our customers, are the reason that we’ve been able to thrive for 170 years and our commitment to learners and the importance of education has been there from the very beginning.

Look out for all of the fantastic things we have planned throughout the year to celebrate our rich heritage, sharing inspiring learners’ stories and looking ahead to what our next 170 years will bring.

Last month we focussed on our people. We’ve come such a long way and that is in large part down to the fantastic people that have made and continue to make NCFE such a great place to work. We shared stories from teams across the organisation, highlighting the work they do to ensure we offer the best products and service to our centres and learners. You can see videos from our colleagues about life at NCFE over on our YouTube page here.

This month our theme is 170 years of qualifications. We’ll be looking at how our portfolio of qualifications has changed throughout our history and the significant impact that technical education has had on our learners. We’ll also be looking at plans for the future and how reforms are changing the way we deliver technical education in this country. We’ll be carrying on with twitter takeovers and more videos over on our social media channels so please get involved, we’d love to hear your stories too!

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
We’ve got some good news here at NCFE – we’re hiring! We’re looking to recruit a number of full stack software developers at all levels to join the growing team at our Quorum Business Park office in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Paul Turner
Paul Turner
In May 2018, the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) announced, at the request of the DfE, that it would be reviewing the funding bands for 31 apprenticeship standards. This caught a few in the sector by surprise and it was hoped this would be an objective review which recognised the real costs of delivering the new standards.
Mick Fletcher
Mick Fletcher
Somehow ‘canaries in the coalmine’ doesn’t seem the right term to use for the high achieving Principals of major colleges but there is no doubt that the departure in quick succession of the leaders of three of the largest colleges in England is a clear signal that there are a number of issues in the current unstable world of FE.
Stewart Foster
Stewart Foster
As the year moves rapidly forward, so too does life at NCFE and I’d like to begin by saying hello to each and every one of you.
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton