Ascentis has been crowned awarding organisation of the year on an exciting night for the sector.

The Federation of Awarding Bodies held its annual awards presentation at a special dinner during the organisation’s annual conference in Leicester.

This featured finalists for awarding organisation of the year, qualification of the year, team of the year, individual of the year, and innovation of the year.

The top prize went to Lancaster-based Ascentis.

A FAB spokesperson said they impressed the judges through a “complete review of products and services they have undertaken, all with the single aim of improving support for their centres and learners”.

“This was no ordinary change programme, it affected everything they do from the development of free resources, CPD training and networking to the back-office systems,” he added.

The judges for the awards were Neil Bentley, chief executive at Worldskills UK, Paul Warner, director of research and development at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, and Julia Wright, national director at Campaign for Learning had a tough time scrutinising finalists’ entries.

Welcoming the winners’ contributions to the awarding, FE and skills sector, FAB chair, Paul Eeles, said: “We were really impressed with the standards of entries to the awards this year and I’d like to extend my congratulations to all of the finalists, but especially to this year’s winners.


The other winners announced on the night were:

Team of the Year (Sponsored by PSI)

Sports Leaders UK


Qualification of the Year (Sponsored by Cirrus Assessment)

Agored Cymru Level 4 Diploma in Data Analytics


Individual Contribution of the Year (Sponsored by Gordon Associates)

Nigel Barraclough, Qualsafe Awards


Innovation of the Year (Sponsored by British Council)

City & Guilds and Worldchefs Digital Credentials using Open Badge technology

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