Occupational Awards Limited (OAL) is a recognised awarding organisation and approved apprentice assessment organisation.  We work across a range of important industry sectors, including food & drink, furniture & wood, learning & assessment and health & safety.

Regulated and approved

Our awarding organisation status

OAL is recognised by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) as an awarding organisation (AO).  This means that as a business we have the powers to design, develop and award industry focussed, Ofqual regulated qualifications.

Visit the Ofqual website

Our apprentice assessment organisation status

We are also an apprentice assessment organisation (AAO), approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) to offer end-point assessment (EPA) of apprentices on the new standards-based apprenticeships.  You will find us listed on the register of apprentice assessment organisations.

Our AAO status gives us the powers to conduct and quality assure independent end-point assessment of standards-based apprenticeships.

We are continually growing the number of standards that we are approved to EPA. Please check our up-to-date EPA services and approvals here.

Background 

Our ownership and birth

Occupational Awards Limited is owned by the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink. The NSAFD acquired OAL in July 2016.

OAL was set up in 2015 by sector skills council Proskills. The organisation achieved Ofqual recognition in May 2015, and was originally developed to support the furniture and wood manufacturing industries, with a strong focus on providing apprenticeship related qualifications and later apprenticeship end-point assessment services.

The intention behind the acquisition was to develop OAL into a high profile, market leading awarding organisation within the manufacturing industries in general; and more specifically to grow its provision of food industry focussed qualifications and apprentice assessment services.  This acquisition will ensure that we can bring a depth of industry qualifications and assessment expertise back to the market, to enable the UK’s food & drink manufacturing sectors, and furniture manufacturing sectors to meet the demands of tomorrow’s world.

Governance and structure

Our governance 

OAL is a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink with a separate governance structure. The OAL board operates independently of the NSAFD board. The OAL Chairman, John Whitehead, reports directly to the NSAFD board.

Our team

OAL is run by its own senior management team headed up by Chief Executive Amanda Clark, supported by sector qualifications and apprentice assessment specialists.

To find out more about the team behind the OAL brand, visit our team pages.

Policies and procedures

Published documentation

As a recognised awarding organisation and approved end-point assessment organisation, our policies sit at the heart of everything we do.  To ensure transparency, you will find our policies and procedures are available as downloads below.

AO appeals policy

EPA appeals procedure

Complaints policy

Timeframe for issuing results

Fair access and equality and diversity policy

Data protection policy

RPL policy and process

Whistleblowing policy

Reasonable adjustments and special considerations policy

Safeguarding DBS policy

Conflicts of interest policy

If you have any queries about any of our policies and procedures, please do get in touch.