The Federation of Awarding Bodies Conference 2016 took place last week at the Marriott Hotel in Leicester. As always, the event was well attended by awarding organisations from across the sector. The speaker list was impressive as ever with this year’s event also attracting a record number of exhibitors.
Outgoing Chair of FAB, Fiona Ballantine Dykes, addressed a packed hall on the opening morning. She was followed by Sally Collier, Chief Regulator at Ofqual, who after only 5 months in position, was attending her first FAB Conference. Mark Dawe, CEO of the Association for Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) also addressed the hall, discussing the challenges ahead for the technical and vocational education sector. Apprenticeship reform featured heavily on the agenda throughout the two days. Many delegates took the opportunity to voice their concerns around end point assessments in the apprenticeship sector.
Friday’s keynotes began with Editor of FE Week, Nick Linford followed by the DfE’s Warwick Sharp who detailed the recommendations from the Sainsbury Report. Finally, Shakira Martin from NUS drew the morning’s sessions to a close with a refreshing keynote highlighting the need to keep our learners at the core of our system.
FAB Awards Ceremony
Highlight of the two day event was the annual FAB Awards dinner which took place on Thursday evening. The awards, now in their second year, celebrate the commitment and hard work put in by Awarding Organisations from across the UK.
There were four award categories this year. Cirrus Assessment would like to congratulate the following worthy winners;
Awarding Organisation of the Year (Sponsored by Cirrus Assessment)
Team Contribution of the Year (Sponsored by PSI)
Individual Contribution of the Year (Sponsored by Gordon Associates)
Qualification of the Year (Sponsored by Creatio)
AIM Awards Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills
Innovation of the Year (Sponsored by British Council)
YMCA Awards Online Learning Games, YMCA Awards
Cirrus Assessment is proud to have been headline sponsors of FAB Conference and Awards 2016. We would very much like to thank the Federation of Awarding Bodies and all those involved in the organisation of this year’s event for all their hard work. It certainly made for a fantastic conference again this year. See you all next time!