Press Releases

  • PDF DownloadFixing the foundations

    Tuesday 17 April 2018

    NCFE Policy Leader, Andrew Gladstone-Heighton examines skills growth and replacement in a post-Brexit economy in his newly published paper.

  • PDF DownloadNew technology transforms apprenticeships

    Monday 12 February 2018

    Leading End-Point Assessment organisation, NCFE, is pleased to be working with technology innovator, Smart Apprentices, to create an outstanding end-point assessment experience for their training providers, employers and apprentices

  • PDF DownloadMending the Gap

    Friday 9 February 2018

    Are the needs of 16-18 year olds being met?

  • PDF DownloadNCFE announces new partnership with Hawk Training

    Wednesday 20 December 2017

    National awarding organisation, NCFE, is proud to announce a new working partnership with Hawk Training.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE announces new Chair of the Board

    Friday 10 November 2017

    National Awarding Organisation, NCFE, is delighted to welcome Deborah Jenkins MBE DL as Chair of the NCFE Board. A highly skilled Chair, NED and consultant with more than 30 years’ experience of working on and with boards, Deborah joins NCFE at an exciting time of growth and continuing success.

  • PDF DownloadNew chapter for REED NCFE

    Monday 18 September 2017

    REED NCFE, a joint venture between NCFE and Reed in Partnerships, has supported over 135,000 learners into the workplace since working for its first FE customer in 2012. Through working together we have been able to learn a great deal about what learners and employers want from each other, and have built some fantastic relationships countrywide.

  • PDF DownloadGoCalm Launch

    Friday 15 September 2017

    National awarding organisation, NCFE, has collaborated with mind-controlled media player and platform MyndPlay to develop and launch the GoCalm app, which has been designed to help learners cope with exam pressure.

  • PDF DownloadExit from Brexit - politics in turmoil

    Thursday 15 June 2017

    Last week saw the electorate go to the polls for the 3rd time in 2 years. With the hope of getting an increased majority in the House of Commons, Theresa May and her team campaigned on a number of issues, not always successfully.

  • PDF DownloadGovernment pledges reform of technical education, but research finds term is unclear

    Friday 24 March 2017

    New research conducted by national awarding organisation, NCFE, has found that the majority of the general public do not know what is meant by the term ‘technical education’, showing that the government still has much to do in its drive to promote technical education as a strong alternative to the academic route.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE featured in The Sunday Times list of Top 100 employers for seventh consecutive year

    Tuesday 7 March 2017

    NCFE, a national qualification organisation, has been voted by its colleagues as one of the best employers to work for in the UK for the seventh year running.

  • PDF DownloadCACHE celebrates government’s decision to reinstate Functional Skills as alternative to GCSEs for early years workforce

    Friday 3 March 2017

    CACHE – the UK’s sector specialist in health, care and education – has welcomed today’s long-awaited confirmation that the government will reinstate Functional Skills as an alternative to GCSE maths and English for Level 3 Early Years Educators.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE appoints Director of Sales and Marketing to lead growth and diversification strategy

    Friday 2 December 2016

    NCFE, has appointed a new Director of Sales and Marketing to lead the growth and diversification of the awarding arm of the business.

  • PDF DownloadNational Awarding Organisation celebrates placement in Top 50 Companies for Customer Service for third year

    Monday 31 October 2016

    National Awarding Organisation, NCFE, has been named as one of the Top 50 Companies for Customer Service in the UK for the third consecutive year.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE announces acquisition of ForSkills

    Friday 29 July 2016

    National awarding organisation, NCFE, has today announced its acquisition of ForSkills, an e-learning business that provides diagnostic assessments and learning resources for Functional Skills qualifications to organisations across the UK. 

  • PDF DownloadNCFE board directors’ double award win

    Friday 29 July 2016

    Two Board Directors from leading awarding organisation, NCFE, have scooped high profile regional awards.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE celebrates approval of all three Level 2 Supply Chain and Logistics assessment plans

    Friday 27 May 2016

    NCFE has welcomed the government’s decision to approve all three Supply Chain Skill apprenticeship standards and assessment plans submitted by the Supply Chain and Logistics Trailblazer group, for which NCFE is the chosen Awarding Organisation partner.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE wins apprenticeship contract with leading training organisation

    Thursday 26 May 2016

    National Awarding Organisation, NCFE, has won a contract with leading training organisation, Talent Training, for its apprenticeship provision.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE placed in The Sunday Times list of Top 100 employers

    Thursday 10 March 2016

    Leading qualification provider, NCFE, has been voted by its staff as one of the best employers to work for in the UK for the sixth year running.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE welcomes government’s decision to approve vital LGV driver standard

    Wednesday 20 January 2016

    NCFE has welcomed the government’s decision to approve another of the apprenticeship standards submitted by the Supply Chain and Logistics Trailblazer group, for which NCFE is the chosen awarding organisation partner.

  • PDF DownloadAutumn Statement 2015: Awarding Organisation NCFE predicts further cuts to FE

    Wednesday 25 November 2015

    Ahead of the 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement, Michael Lemin – Policy Leader at national Awarding Organisation NCFE – is predicting that the further education sector will continue to be negatively impacted as a result of the announcements due to be made by the Chancellor today.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE named as Awarding Organisation of the Year at inaugural industry awards

    Friday 30 October 2015

    National Awarding Organisation, NCFE, was named as Awarding Organisation of the Year at the inaugural FAB Awards, which took place in Leicester last night.

  • PDF DownloadAwarding Organisation’s sponsored sleep out raises over £2000 for The Prince’s Trust

    Monday 12 October 2015

    National Awarding Organisation, NCFE, has raised over £2000 so far for The Prince’s Trust by holding a sponsored sleep out last Friday, which saw 7 colleagues swap home comforts for a night sleeping outdoors at Quorum Business Park.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE issues plea on adult education to the new Conservative government

    Friday 2 October 2015

    National qualification provider, NCFE, is issuing a plea to a Conservative government to deliver on further education promises set out in the party’s manifesto and crucially, to safeguard vital adult skills funding from further cuts.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE strengthens strategic management team with two new appointments

    Monday 28 September 2015

    National Awarding Organisation, NCFE, has strengthened its strategic management team with the appointments of a Managing Director and a Commercial and Finance Director for its Awarding Organisation.

  • PDF DownloadCareers help on hand for young people thanks to new advice hub

    Tuesday 1 September 2015

    A new careers advice hub – CareerHow – is set to transform the way young people receive guidance on pursuing their dream career.

  • PDF DownloadGovernment’s approval of supply chain trailblazer apprenticeship standard welcomed by NCFE

    Friday 21 August 2015

    NCFE has welcomed the government’s decision to approve one of the apprenticeship standards submitted by the Supply Chain Trailblazer group, for which NCFE is the chosen awarding organisation partner.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE comments on the potential reform of exam boards

    Friday 14 August 2015

    Last week, Ofqual released a report into OCR’s ‘catastrophic’ near miss that almost resulted in GCSE and A Level exam papers not being marked on time last year.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE announces acquisition of CACHE

    Monday 3 August 2015

    National awarding organisation, NCFE, has today announced its acquisition of the awarding organisation and CACHE brand – the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education – for an undisclosed sum.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE gains insight into South East Asian markets on UKTI Northern Powerhouse mission

    Wednesday 29 July 2015

    National awarding organisation, NCFE, is taking part in a high profile Northern Powerhouse mission to Singapore and Malaysia this week, organised by UK Trade & Investment North West (UKTI).

  • PDF DownloadNCFE joins panel of ‘Dragons’ at Teach First pitching event

    Thursday 23 April 2015

    North East-based qualification provider, NCFE, has lent its support to a local Dragons’ Den style event hosted by Teach First, which saw a group of early-stage social entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of ‘Dragons’ at Gateshead Old Town Hall.

  • PDF DownloadYoung people cast doubt on political parties ability to deliver on pledge

    Thursday 16 April 2015

    Tackling youth unemployment is the top concern that young people wish the next government to address (48%), above improving education policies (46%) or reviewing tuition fees (40%). However, a knowledge gap around post-school options means the main political parties much-lauded approach to tackling the problem through apprenticeships is in danger of floundering.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE final statement on Bright

    Wednesday 4 March 2015

    NCFE began investigating Bright International Training Ltd (Bright) on 11 December 2013 due to serious concerns about Bright’s quality assurance practices relating to the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement.  

  • PDF DownloadNCFE and the Supply Chain Trailblazer Group

    Tuesday 17 February 2015

    NCFE has been selected as the preferred awarding organisation by Supply Chain trailblazer employer group. The group works across 3 key areas (Supply Chain, Warehouse and LGV Operative) and the employers involved include The British Association of Removers, Kuehne + Nagel Ltd, HM Armed Forces, DHL, John Lewis, and many more.

  • PDF DownloadThere’s nothing ‘soft’ about ‘soft skills’

    Monday 19 January 2015

    A new campaign by employers is backing ‘soft skills’ as a key factor for success in the workplace. Research has shown that transferable skills such as communication, initiative, and team work have a clear economic value worth a huge £88bn to the UK economy (taking into consideration things such as speed of service, meeting quality standards, operating costs etc). Hard figures to back up ‘soft skills’.

  • PDF DownloadCall for careers advice on apprenticeships

    Monday 8 December 2014

    As we approach 2015’s General Election, ‘Apprenticeships’ is the hot topic that binds all 3 of the big political parties. However, Ofsted FE and Skills Director Lorna Fitzjohn has recently spoken out about young people not being well advised on the benefits of apprenticeships when at school, resulting in the number of apprenticeship starts among young people ‘flatlining’.

  • PDF DownloadDouble Awards Win for Learning Curve’s Chair

    Monday 24 November 2014

    The founder of England’s largest education subcontractor partner has topped a year of company success and growth by winning two prestigious North East business awards within 48 hours.

  • PDF DownloadSo, if it’s not A-Levels, it’s dumbing down education?

    Thursday 30 October 2014

    This year, UCAS publicised a record rise in students accepting university places. Overall, admissions were up by 4% this year, compared with the same period 12 months earlier. However, rather than this being celebrated, there have been claims that universities have “dumbed down” their entry requirements by accepting record numbers of students with vocational qualifications.

  • PDF DownloadNorth East Awarding Organisation placed 8th in country for customer service

    Tuesday 28 October 2014

    Leading qualification provider, NCFE, has been placed 8th in the country for call service, according to the prestigious Top 50 Customer Service Awards 2014. The awards represent the UK's only programme which uses real customers to mystery shop and benchmark against the best in the business across multiple sectors. 

  • PDF DownloadApprenticeships – the buzz word of the party conference season

    Wednesday 22 October 2014

    As the 3 major political parties begin to set their sights on the General Election, which is now less than 6 months away, apprenticeships are becoming one of the hot topics of the election build-up.

  • PDF DownloadNorth East business leaders drive NCFE forward

    Wednesday 15 October 2014

    Three of the region's leading business figures are using their years of collective experience to help drive one of the North East's largest educational organisations forward.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE's Rising Stars

    Monday 8 September 2014

    NCFE and British Engines have been working alongside training provider, Baltic Training, on a new initiative to address the skills shortage in the IT sector across the North East. The newly created NCFE Academy aims to nurture the next generation of talented young people.  Running a specific training programme, named ‘Rising Stars’, the NCFE Academy will give local teens the opportunity to develop their technical skills and gain relevant practical work experience.

  • PDF DownloadCabinet reshuffle – what does this mean for education?

    Thursday 17 July 2014

    This week has seen a flurry of ministerial movements across government and PM David Cameron has commented that he is proud to lead "a fresh team with the idea, the energy and the ability to take this country forward".

  • PDF DownloadIs it possible to certificate workplace skills?

    Monday 16 June 2014

    It’s a common complaint from employers that although there are hundreds of job applicants for any one potential role, many of these prospective employees are lacking in the vital soft skills they need to succeed in the world of work.

  • PDF DownloadHigh costs putting people off advancing their education

    Wednesday 11 June 2014

    An educational charity have outlined that the high cost of further education has prevented almost half of UK adults gaining advance qualifications. This comes as figures show that the average graduate debt is now £53,000 after tuition fees rose in September 2012.

  • PDF DownloadAfrica expedition group prepare for trek

    Wednesday 4 June 2014

    Outdoor education students are preparing to set off for their challenging charity trek to the top of the highest mountain in North Africa next weekend (7 June).

  • PDF DownloadResponse to statement from Krissy Charles-Jones, CEO of Bright International, on 16 May 2014

    Wednesday 21 May 2014

    On 16 May 2014, Krissy Charles-Jones, Chief Executive of Bright International Ltd (Bright) provided a number of statements to FE Week. This was in response to the conclusion of the NCFE Stage 3 appeal which found that NCFE's findings of malpractice and our subsequent decision to permanently withdraw centre approval status from Bright had been upheld.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE statement - Bright International

    Friday 16 May 2014

    NCFE began investigating Bright International Training Ltd (Bright) on 11 December 2013 due to serious concerns about Bright’s quality assurance practices relating to the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement.

  • PDF Download'Outstanding' use of flexible learning highlighted by Ofsted in wake of FELTAG report

    Thursday 1 May 2014

    The Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) recently shook the sector as they issued a report regarding their vision of a digital future.

    The recommendations suggest big changes for Further Education, including a steep increase in the amount of e-assessment and the use of e-badges to accredit learning in virtual environments.

  • PDF DownloadApprenticeships - is there trouble ahead?

    Wednesday 30 April 2014

    There’s no doubt about it, Apprenticeships are enjoying their time in the sun, basking in the media and political spotlight and heralded (quite rightly) as the key to securing economic recovery.

  • PDF DownloadAdvice for Bright international Ltd, Bright Assessing (Bright) learners

    Thursday 24 April 2014

    We understand that there are a number of learners who have completed training with Bright and have concerns about their qualification (either the validity of their certificate or whether they are going to receive a certificate). 

  • PDF DownloadNCFE 'open their doors' to college leavers

    Tuesday 15 April 2014

    Newcastle based Awarding Organisation, NCFE, opened its doors to college leavers in order to give young people an insight into the real world of work. The ‘Opening the Doors’ day took place on 3 April and also involved neighbours British Engines and Creating Careers.

  • PDF DownloadThe future's digital

    Tuesday 25 March 2014

    Looking to the future, the landscape of educational delivery is far from clear, particularly with regards to the use of technology in education – a hot topic on everyone’s lips at the moment.

  • PDF DownloadCan qualifications in self-tanning really be bracketed with those in mental health care?

    Tuesday 25 March 2014

    Around 5,000 adult vocational courses are set to be cut in order to "simplify and streamline" the adult skills system in England. Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock recently took to Twitter to announce that the Government will be binning ‘low-value’ courses such as self-tanning, balloon artistry and instructing pole fitness in order to focus on qualifications that employers value.

  • PDF DownloadMeasuring progress, achieving success

    Tuesday 25 March 2014

    Schools are bracing themselves for a new benchmark performance measure – Progress 8.

  • PDF DownloadApprenticeships - opening doors

    Tuesday 25 March 2014

    The quarterly Apprenticeship Index recently produced by the National Apprenticeship Service has shown there to be a phenomenal increase in online applications for apprenticeship vacancies between August and October 2013, leaping by 43%.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE placed 31st in list of top 100 companies to work for in the UK

    Thursday 6 March 2014

    Leading qualification provider, NCFE, has been voted by its staff as one of the very best employers to work for in the UK for the fifth time.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE Statement - Bright International Training Ltd

    Wednesday 26 February 2014

    Following a rigorous investigation into the quality standards of Bright International Training Ltd (Bright), we have taken the decision to permanently withdraw centre approval.

  • PDF DownloadEasy PC

    Tuesday 18 February 2014

    Newcastle based Awarding Organisation, NCFE, has changed the fortunes of local school, Seaton Burn College, with a donation of over 60 PC work stations last week.

  • PDF DownloadTwitter Guide for Schools

    Thursday 23 January 2014

    The use of Twitter by schools, teachers and within education continues to grow rapidly. For those thinking about getting involved, Lindsay Plumpton offers a startup guide for making the most of Twitter.

  • PDF DownloadCountdown to the General Election – 2 approaches, 1 shared ideal

    Monday 13 January 2014

    As we enter a New Year and think about the changes that we’d like to make and the things we’d like to achieve, it’s interesting to note that we’re only 15 months away from the next General Election – a fact that has certainly not escaped the attention of our political leaders who are currently outlining the changes that they’d like to make.

  • PDF DownloadPreventing the young jobless from becoming the young hopeless

    Friday 10 January 2014

    It’s a new year; a time when we all reflect on ourselves and look at the improvements we can make in our lives. With this in mind, recent research from The Prince’s Trust charity highlighted that 40% of young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) have experienced the devastating effects of mental health problems.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE go 'bear faced' for Children in Need

    Monday 18 November 2013

    NCFE colleagues turned up to work in their pyjamas and onesies, while the NCFE ladies braved the day without make-up, all for Children in Need where we raised over £640!

  • PDF DownloadThe Future of Apprenticeships and Vocational Qualifications

    Monday 18 November 2013

    It’s been another month of change and challenge as the Government publishes its Apprenticeship implementation plan, ‘The Future of Apprenticeships in England’. The plan is a result of the Holt and Richard Review of Apprenticeships, which took place last year and will give employers stronger power in the design and delivery of Apprenticeships.

  • PDF DownloadThe five steps to success

    Thursday 10 October 2013

    Caroline Gallagher discusses the five key elements to delivering a successful programme of vocational education.

  • PDF DownloadWork based training as worthwhile as a degree, according to independent survey

    Wednesday 7 August 2013

    Approximately 80% of the general public consider Apprenticeships and work based training to be of equal or greater value than completing a degree, according to an independent survey conducted by research agency Public Knowledge in conjunction with National Awarding Organisation, NCFE.

  • PDF DownloadGeneral public split over opinions on Gove’s proposed GCSE overhaul

    Wednesday 7 August 2013

    The general public is largely divided in its opinions over Education Secretary Michael Gove’s radical exam overhaul, according to an independent survey conducted by research agency Public Knowledge in conjunction with National Awarding Organisation, NCFE.

  • PDF DownloadChildren should receive guidance at school on money management, sexual health, alcohol and drugs misuse

    Wednesday 7 August 2013

    Over 75% of the general public believes that young people should receive guidance on personal money management at school, with over 70% agreeing that students should receive lessons in sexual health, and just under 70% agreeing they should receive lessons in alcohol awareness and substance misuse. The survey of 2000 people was conducted by independent research agency Public Knowledge, in conjunction with NCFE.

  • PDF DownloadAwarding Organisation freezes prices

    Thursday 18 July 2013

    As college budgets are stretched to capacity and the education sector adapts to changes in funding, National Awarding Organisation NCFE has taken the decision to freeze all of their prices for the 2013-14 academic year.


  • PDF DownloadAwarding Organisation responds to Government investment in early years apprentices

    Tuesday 25 June 2013

    Following the Government’s announcement of a £2 million apprenticeship bursary scheme for the early years profession, National Awarding Organisation NCFE has launched a range of Learning Resources to support Apprenticeships in Childcare.

    Thanks to the Government’s recent investment, those aspiring to a career in early education will be able to apply for a bursary worth up to £1,500, with a further £300 available for more training, from September. There will be up to 1,000 bursary places available.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE - one of the best places to grow in the North East

    Tuesday 25 June 2013

    With many businesses feeling the effects of the continuing recession, Newcastle based NCFE, National Awarding Organisation and charity, has been bucking the regional trend by growing its team by 34% in the last year. What’s more, 23 colleagues within the 185-strong workforce have either gained a secondment or promotion within this timeframe!

  • PDF DownloadLink established between low levels of vocational education and high levels of youth unemployment

    Tuesday 25 June 2013

    A recent report, commissioned by independent education charity, the Edge Foundation, has established a link between low take-up of vocational courses in Britain and high levels of youth unemployment.

    In the UK, one in five (21%) young people were out of work in 2012 in contrast to just 9.5% in the Netherlands. Interestingly, in the UK only 32% chose vocational options in upper secondary education compared with 67% in the Netherlands. Is this link significant?

  • PDF DownloadCollege partnerships with sub-contractors – making it work

    Monday 17 June 2013

    Of the many challenges facing the FE sector today; achieving the right balance between working with private training providers and being self-sufficient is one that continues to challenge college principals and their senior leadership teams.

     The history of poor franchising, unscrupulous sub-contractors and large management fees is well documented. However, despite the hype and the headlines, National Awarding Organisation NCFE suggests that a subcontracting relationship based on trust, transparency and quality assurance can work for the benefit of colleges, particularly as they are challenged by recent changes in funding.

  • PDF DownloadThe vocational revolution

    Thursday 13 June 2013

    From September, tough new rules will limit the number of vocational qualifications which will qualify for inclusion in school league tables. Lindsay Plumpton
    looks at the fall-out of this move and new qualifications that are being developed as a result.

  • PDF DownloadFrom Newcastle to New Zealand

    Tuesday 28 May 2013

    20,000 km, 2 people, 1 van

    Two native New Zealanders who’ve been based in Newcastle are set to embark on an epic 20 000 km adventure, crossing the largest land mass on earth… in a panel van. Laura Glasgow and Chris Pevreal are choosing to travel home in such unusual style to raise money for charity. All funds will go to North of England Children’s Cancer Research, charity for abandoned children Half the Sky as well as the Cancer Society of New Zealand.


  • PDF Download Gateshead College students compete to say Pants to Poverty

    Tuesday 21 May 2013

    Newcastle based Awarding Organisation NCFE invited aspiring young businessmen and women from Gateshead College into their head office to sell underwear to staff, as the students attempt to win a national ‘pantrepreneurial’ challenge.

    The students are currently battling it out with colleges across the country to sell the most pairs of pants over a limited period of time and have visited several North East businesses to make their pitches.

  • PDF DownloadColleagues showcase their skills for Adult Learners’ Week

    Tuesday 21 May 2013

     Colleagues at Newcastle-based qualification provider NCFE are sharing their skills and showcasing their hidden talents to colleagues through a series of fun-filled workshops to celebrate Adult Learners’ Week 2013 (20-24 May) and Campaign for Learning’s dedicated Learning at Work day.

  • PDF DownloadHow the Study Programme can support colleges in responding to Ofsted recommendations

    Tuesday 21 May 2013

    David Grailey, NCFE Chief Executive, discusses how the Study Programme can support colleges in responding to Ofsted’s recommendations.

    Ofsted’s report on Local Accountability and Autonomy in colleges taps into one of the biggest challenges within FE: delivering employment outcomes for students. The report is timely as global youth unemployment nears its crisis peak and is predicted to continue to rise over the next 5 years.

  • PDF DownloadWhy we need to talk about sex

    Tuesday 21 May 2013

    Sex education is failing students in more than a third of schools in England according to recent reports released by Ofsted. NCFE Chief Executive, David Grailey responds:

    Education standards watchdog, Ofsted, has recently reported that young people in education are not being provided adequate educational support to help them handle complex issues surrounding sexuality...


  • PDF DownloadEncouraging enterprise as the key to economic growth

    Monday 20 May 2013

    Commentators regularly agree that a key driver for the UK economy is the creation and success of small businesses. Undoubtedly, creating a more entrepreneurial UK has many benefits; it’s highly important that we support and promote an enterprise culture amongst young people.

  • PDF DownloadHelping young people navigate the labour market

    Wednesday 1 May 2013

    The results of a recent survey, published by the Education and Employers Taskforce, suggests that there's a misalignment between young people's career expectations and the reality of the jobs available, highlighting the need for better careers advice.

     The study, based upon a survey of 11,000 13-to 16-year-olds, aims to map the ambitions of teenagers against the employment market up to 2020. What is interesting to note is that many of the young people expressed an interest in pursuing jobs that are in fact in short supply.

    For example there are 10 times as many teens aiming for careers in the culture, media and sports sector than there are jobs likely to be available. In contrast, fewer than one in 30 young people are considering jobs in banking and finance, even though one in 5 jobs are expected to be in this sector.

  • PDF DownloadCulture for Success Awards Launch

    Wednesday 1 May 2013

    Barclay’s Contact Centre, brand agency Better, Darlington Building Society, The Hilton NewcastleGateshead, and charity St Oswald’s Hospice are amongst the region's businesses that have scooped accolades at Service Network's prestigious Culture for Success Awards over the past nine years.


  • PDF DownloadNCFE responds to Lord Adonis' plans for skills investment

    Wednesday 1 May 2013

    Newcastle based Awarding Organisation, NCFE, is responding to Labour peer Lord Adonis’ plans for investment in work based training, through developing a new range of robust vocational qualifications which meet government requirements.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE gets moving for Marathon of the North

    Friday 26 April 2013

    Colleagues from Newcastle based Awarding Organisation, NCFE, are putting their mental and physical strength (as well as their friendships!) to the test as they complete the Marathon of the North as 3 relay teams on 28 April to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. The company has already raised over £3000 for the charity.

    18 members of staff will work together in relay teams to complete the gruelling route and Graeme Walker, Director of Business Services, has challenged himself to run the full 26 mile course alongside his team.

  • NCFE relocates to Quorum Business Park

    Tuesday 9 April 2013

    Newcastle based Awarding Organisation NCFE will be moving to the Q6 building at Quorum Business Park, Four Lane Ends, North Tyneside, to accommodate the expansion of their business which currently operates from Citygate, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    The building which was built in 2005 is located on the main road frontage of Quorum Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Q6 is a self contained, spacious 4 storey Grade A office building with dedicated car parking spaces.

  • PDF DownloadThe positive impact of Apprenticeships

    Tuesday 9 April 2013

    This month, we’ve been celebrating the positive impact of Apprenticeships on individuals, business and the economy, through National Apprenticeship Week. The awareness raising week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and aims to shine a light on the successes of apprentices throughout the country.

  • PDF DownloadLearning organisation streamlines processes with integrated Microsoft solutions

    Tuesday 9 April 2013

    In the past, NCFE had several different systems in use and many were old and outdated. This was costly and the IT team struggled to maintain the wide variety of skills needed to support these different technologies.

    Customer information was managed using stand-alone software and NCFE wanted to bring all of its systems together and work with them in a modular way.

  • PDF DownloadJames Reed discusses how colleges can be supported in responding to Ofsted’s report

    Tuesday 9 April 2013

    Ofsted’s report on Local Accountability and Autonomy in colleges, launched on 15th March, comes just weeks after the Office for National Statistics released the latest bleak figures on youth unemployment in the UK.

    Not only is it shocking that unemployment among the under-25s sits at almost 1m, but the latest data shows the figures to be up by 11,000 from July to September.

  • PDF DownloadHarlow College launches Jobs Brokerage service to help students into employment and apprenticeships

    Friday 22 March 2013

    Students at Harlow College have been given a head start in their employment search thanks to an innovative new collaboration with the REED NCFE Partnership.

    The college officially opened its Job Brokerage service, which will offer students exclusive access to local vacancies and jobs / apprenticeships that are rarely publicly advertised.

  • PDF DownloadApprentices welcome visitors to The View from The Shard

    Thursday 14 March 2013

    As youth unemployment continues to rise nationally, almost 100 unemployed young Londoners have taken their first steps on the career ladder, thanks to an innovative community-driven recruitment programme.

    Visitors to London’s highest visitor attraction The View from The Shard, were welcomed by a new team of ambassadors, all recruited from the local area – including 20 apprentices, all aged between 16 and 23.

  • PDF DownloadTraineeship programme will boost youth employability skills

    Friday 8 March 2013

    Last month, the government revealed plans to launch a new pre-apprenticeship scheme, helping young people to boost their skills, confidence and ultimately find sustained employment.

    The Traineeship Programme could be launched as soon as September 2013 and will consist of work experience, English and Maths, along with job preparation such as CV-writing tips and advice on how to prepare for an interview.

  • PDF DownloadInternet savvy, internet safe: protecting young people online

    Friday 8 March 2013

    Newcastle based Awarding Organisation NCFE has responded to a recent study in online safety, which showed that children who view clips of their TV favourites such as Peppa Pig are on average just 3 clicks away from explicit adult material.

    A separate study of 24,000 young people found that almost 27% of 7-11 years olds and nearly half of 11-19 year olds had come across something they found ‘…unpleasant…’ in the past 12 months.

  • PDF DownloadNational Awarding Organisation placed 15th in The Sunday Times list of Top 100 employers

    Friday 8 March 2013

    Leading qualification provider, NCFE, has been voted by its staff as one of the very best employers to work for in the UK for the fourth time. The company ranked 15th in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-for-Profit Companies to work for, leaping up the list from number 60 in 2012.

  • PDF DownloadRock up to the office in red… and yellow

    Friday 1 February 2013

    February is National Heart Month and staff at Newcastle based Awarding Organisation, NCFE, are kicking it all off with a bang by "rocking up in red" to the office in order to raise money for The British Heart Foundation.




  • PDF DownloadNCFE’s dryathlon survivors raise hundreds for Cancer Research UK

    Friday 1 February 2013

    Newcastle based Awarding Organisation, NCFE, challenged staff to give their livers a break and ‘go dry for January’, while raising money for Cancer Research UK. Over 30 sober soldiers took part in the month long detox, abstaining from alcohol in the name of charity.

  • PDF DownloadQualification equips police to deal with emergencies

    Thursday 24 January 2013

    As the severe winter weather throws the country into disarray, National Awarding Organisation NCFE has joined forces with Cumbria Police to prepare staff in responding to major incidents and emergencies in the area.

  • PDF DownloadThe value of the arts in creating futures – creative V-Certs

    Thursday 24 January 2013

    National Awarding Organisation NCFE is launching a range of ‘V-Certs’ in the creative sector, which will be recognised as GCSE equivalent in the revised Key Stage 4 performance tables for 2015. The new qualifications for schools respond to widespread concern that creativity is being removed from the curriculum with the introduction of the largely academic English Baccalaureate certificates (E-Bacc).


  • PDF DownloadAwarding Organisation helps tackle problem drinking

    Monday 7 January 2013

    As the Government tackles the problems of seasonal binge drinking, in addition to a proposal to have a minimum price for alcohol, National Awarding Organisation NCFE, suggests that effective alcohol education for young people could be part of the solution.

  • PDF DownloadKind-hearted NCFE colleagues support Giving Tree Appeal

    Thursday 20 December 2012

    Staff at Newcastle based qualification provider, NCFE, have rallied together to support The Giving Tree Appeal, one of the North East’s largest festive charity projects. Run by Children North East, the project ensures that children living in poverty in the region still get a Christmas present and therefore a Christmas to remember (there are currently 132 000 children in the North East living below the official poverty line).

  • PDF DownloadWork Programme can work

    Friday 14 December 2012

    It’s disappointing to see that the Government’s controversial welfare to work scheme has failed to hit its main target. The initiative has come under fire after statistics revealed that only 3.5% of people found a job for 6 months or more, casting doubt on whether the Work Programme can really deliver sustained employment.

  • PDF DownloadDoug Richard's Review of Apprenticeships

    Monday 3 December 2012

    It’s encouraging to see that the Government has warmly welcomed Doug Richards’ findings in his newly published independent report on the future of apprenticeships. The forward thinking review calls for improvements to the quality of apprenticeships, making them more focused on the needs of employers and also on job outcomes – what an apprentice will be able to do having completed their training.

  • PDF DownloadFE students ‘more likely to get a job’ after contact with real business people at their College

    Wednesday 28 November 2012

    Social enterprise Working Knowledge and their strategic partner NCFE respond to the Association of College’s research which indicates that parents and teachers are struggling to provide adequate career advice.

  • PDF DownloadBarnet and Southgate College launch scheme to help students into employment

    Sunday 25 November 2012

    Students at Barnet and Southgate College have been given a head start in their employment search thanks to an innovative new collaboration with The REED NCFE Partnership. The College officially opened its ‘Job Shop’ today, within the Enterprise and Employment Zone at the Wood St Campus in High Barnet, and it is proud to be the only College in London to host such an initiative.

  • PDF DownloadLearning to Play

    Wednesday 14 November 2012

    Responding to the UK’s growing dependence on all things digital, Newcastle based national qualification provider, NCFE, has launched a suite of qualifications focused on the development and design of Mobile Phone Applications and Computer Games.

  • PDF DownloadHarlow College – helping students into work

    Wednesday 14 November 2012

    Students at Harlow College are to benefit from a direct route into employment with the launch of a new on-campus ‘job brokerage service’. The college has joined forces with The REED NCFE Partnership to set up a job finder and employment support service from its campus, tackling youth unemployment and giving students the opportunity to edge ahead of the competition in the hunt for jobs.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE supports FE Week charity auction

    Tuesday 13 November 2012

    Visitors to the Annual Association of Colleges (AoC) Conference in Birmingham on 20 November, are set to spend their first night raising money for charity by bidding in a special celebrity auction. The event, hosted by Lsect and FE Week and sponsored by NCFE and Tribal, hopes to match last year’s success when an impressive £10,000 was raised for the Helena Kennedy Foundation.

  • PDF DownloadWellbeing at work - stress awareness

    Thursday 8 November 2012

    Stress management is undoubtedly a cause for concern across the UK, with over 10 million working days lost this year due to work-related stress. With this in mind, Newcastle based Awarding Organisation NCFE is making sure staff are fit for work by treating them to relaxing massages and hearty, nutritious soup in support of National Stress Awareness Day on 7 November. Staff were also encouraged to complete a stress awareness assessment to identify any potential stress areas and find solutions.

  • PDF DownloadBIS report on Apprenticeships highlights need for change

    Thursday 1 November 2012

    An 11 month review into Apprenticeships has concluded that urgent reforms are required to the government’s Apprenticeship programme in order to boost economic growth. There are certainly some worthwhile recommendations in the report that resonate with me and mirror NCFE’s own core values.

  • PDF DownloadUnemployment falls.... but there's still room for improvement

    Wednesday 24 October 2012

    It’s encouraging to see that the latest reports from the Office for National Statistics have revealed a fall in unemployment, suggesting that Britain’s economy may be on the slow road to recovery. This positive development has surprised economists who’ve been impressed with the resilience of the labour market at such a challenging time.

  • PDF DownloadNew job finder service to help tackle unemployment

    Friday 19 October 2012

    Unemployed people accessing free college courses are to benefit from a direct route into work, with the launch of a new on-campus job finder service. Oxford & Cherwell Valley College (OCVC) has joined forces with The REED NCFE Partnership to set up the service from its campuses in Oxford and Banbury.

  • PDF DownloadTechnical Baccalaureate recognises vocational route to success

    Wednesday 3 October 2012

    On 2 October, Ed Miliband gave an unexpectedly compelling keynote address at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, galvanising his party in moving towards the 2015 General Election. I would agree with many that he was both persuasive and engaging, as he focused on tackling the issue of youth unemployment and reforming the education system so that it works for all people, including the “forgotten 50%” who don’t go to university.

  • PDF DownloadGentoo scheme gets young people into work

    Tuesday 25 September 2012

    Youth unemployment is undoubtedly a cause for concern across the UK - almost one million young people between the ages of 16 and 24 are currently out of work, with the North East region particularly affected. However, the young people taking part in Gentoo’s pre-employment programme in Sunderland, are learning the skills to buck the trend.

  • PDF DownloadNational Recognition for Hull City Council and The Skills Network

    Monday 24 September 2012

    Hull City Council (HCC) and private training provider The Skills Network have teamed up to address unemployment within Humberside. Working with Job Centre Plus, the Department for Work and Pensions and Awarding Body NCFE, the two organisations launched a scheme which identified long-term unemployed people, with the aim of giving them training and work experience.

  • PDF DownloadNESCOT - helping students into work

    Thursday 20 September 2012

    Students at Surrey based college, NESCOT will be given the chance to edge ahead of the competition in the hunt for jobs, thanks to a new initiative with The REED NCFE Partnership.

  • PDF DownloadMilton Keynes College - helping students into work

    Monday 20 August 2012

    Students at Milton Keynes College will be given a chance to edge ahead of the competition in the hunt for jobs, thanks to a new initiative from The REED NCFE Partnership.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE offers innovative pricing model

    Friday 20 July 2012

    At a time when college budgets are stretched to capacity, NCFE has taken an innovative approach to customer service by adopting an alternative way to register learners free of charge.

  • PDF DownloadFE sector supporting unemployed back to work

    Monday 16 July 2012

    Following on from Ofsted’s report Skills in Employment (published 12 July) and its claim that the Further Education sector was failing to deliver results for unemployed people in the UK, national Awarding Organisation NCFE outlined an initiative already delivering jobs.

  • PDF DownloadApprenticeships provide pathways to employment

    Friday 22 June 2012

    As the Eurozone economy continues to stumble on, with youth unemployment rates in some countries reaching 50% and bank bailouts becoming the norm, the need to focus on equipping young people with the skills they need to secure employment becomes more important every day.

  • PDF DownloadQualifications boost levels of student retention

    Tuesday 19 June 2012

    National Awarding Organisation, NCFE, is helping colleges across the UK to get students prepared for college life in the autumn term, through induction programmes and summer schools. Further Education provider, New College Nottingham will be running an NCFE accredited Level 1 qualification in Exploring Enterprise Skills as part of an induction week following a successful trial last year.

  • PDF DownloadPraise for teens' business skills at Kirklees College

    Thursday 17 May 2012

    Youth unemployment is undoubtedly a cause for concern across the UK, with over one million young people between the ages of 16 and 24 out of work. However, students at Kirklees College, West Yorkshire, are learning the skills to buck the trend.

  • PDF DownloadStaff to bare all for Adult Learners Week

    Wednesday 16 May 2012

    Staff at Newcastle-based qualification provider NCFE, hope not to get their ‘knickers in a twist’ as they take part in festivities surrounding Adult Learners Week (12-18 May). Colleagues will share their skills and showcase their hidden talents through a series of fun-filled workshops during the week-long event.

  • PDF DownloadNCFE ‘makes time for tea’ in aid of cancer research

    Tuesday 24 April 2012

    There was ‘war on’ at national qualification provider NCFE, as members of staff adopted a nostalgic theme to raise money for The Eve Appeal, by hosting a vintage tea party in honour of the gynaecology cancer research charity.

  • PDF DownloadNational qualification provider backs local entrepreneur

    Thursday 5 April 2012

    National qualification provider, NCFE has teamed up with North East businesswoman, Kate Shahid to support home grown talent. Providing members of the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS) with leadership skills is one of a number of contracts recently won by Kate’s Newcastle-based company following collaboration with NCFE.

  • PDF Download‘Plane’ sailing partnership helps Virgin Atlantic engineering crew gain new qualifications

    Thursday 5 April 2012

    National Awarding Organisation, NCFE is supporting Virgin Atlantic in the delivery of training programmes for members of its operations and ground crew team. Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s leading long haul airlines has been awarded an Investing In Quality (IIQ) licence by NCFE, which provides formal recognition to the organisation’s bespoke training programmes for staff.

  • PDF DownloadPartnership between The Crew Club and Varndean College set to tackle NEETs

    Thursday 5 April 2012

    As the number of young people Not in Employment, Education of Training (NEET) continues to rise across the UK, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has unveiled a new work programme for what he describes as "disengaged" 16 and 17-year-olds. The £126 million initiative, part of the Government’s Youth Contract Scheme, is expected to benefit around 55,000 ‘NEETs’ and tackle unemployment among young people.

  • PDF DownloadHealth qualification tackles the worrying trend of young people skipping meals

    Thursday 22 March 2012

    Schools across the UK are working with National Awarding Organisation, NCFE to enhance the knowledge of young people on important Nutrition and Health issues.  Over 5,100 learners across the UK registered on a NCFE Level 2 Nutrition and Health qualification last year which aims to teach teenagers the importance of a healthy diet and eating balanced meals.

  • PDF DownloadBournemouth and Poole College set to see employment outcomes rise after contracting with The REED NCFE Partnership

    Tuesday 20 March 2012

    19-year-old Jonathon Packer, is the first of what is expected to be hundreds of students at Bournemouth and Poole College, to be introduced into the world of work, thanks to an innovative collaboration between recruitment specialist REED in Partnership and national awarding organisation, NCFE.

  • PDF DownloadLocal employer named one of the best places to work in the UK for the third time!

    Monday 19 March 2012

    Leading national qualification provider, NCFE, has been voted by its staff as one of the very best employers in the UK for the third time. The company ranked 60th in The Sunday Times 100 Best Places to Work in the Public and Charities Sectors. The Newcastle-based firm, which employs 126 staff, faced a tough challenge as some 49,000 employees from 250 organisations across the UK, cast their vote.

  • PDF DownloadSchools against waste

    Wednesday 14 March 2012

    Pupil ‘pester power’ is the hidden ingredient that is set to make an interactive online training programme a big success. Leading national qualification provider NCFE, has joined forces with Gateshead-based, Environmental Academy, leading supplier of online training and consultancy services, to develop ‘Schools Against Waste’ an interactive programme for use in schools across the North East.