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Food safety, HACCP and allergen awareness qualifications package released

Following the strengthening of our food industry qualifications team, we have developed and released a fresh package of food safety qualifications for industry. We now offer a range of level 2 and 3 food safety, HACCP and allergen awareness qualifications. At OAL we have essentially placed the control with our centres. This makes the [...]

Qualifications, assessment and marketing experts join growing team at Occupational Awards Limited

Qualifications expert joins OAL This month, the team at Occupational Awards Limited (OAL) welcomed two familiar faces from the world of food industry qualifications and apprenticeships. The appointment of ex-FDQ Director, Derek Williams as Standards and Quality Director and Sarah Marshall, also ex-FDQ, as a Senior Marketing and Key Accounts Manager is [...]

Silentnight marks National Apprenticeship Week with ten new vacancies

The UK’s leading bed manufacturer, Silentnight has announced plans to take on ten new apprentices in 2017 to mark National Apprenticeship Week (6th-10th March). The award-winning scheme, now in its sixth year, will see the newly announced intake join the business in July this year. The Lancashire-based bed maker will bring the apprentices into [...]

3rd March 2017|Apprenticeships, Furniture industry|

The Furniture Makers – Bridging the Gap Conference

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, is organising a one-day conference to inform the UK furnishing industry about the implications of the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy and wider educational issues affecting the sector. The ‘Bridging the Gap’ conference is taking place at Furniture Makers’ Hall, London on Thursday 18 May 2017. The Apprenticeship [...]

14th February 2017|Approved centres, Food & drink industry, Press Release, Qualifications|

Our Commitment to the Food & Drink Industry

From Amanda Clark, Chief Executive At OAL we have been building our team and infrastructure to ensure that we meet the rapidly changing and demanding needs of industry. We have made some important and exciting appointments to further strengthen the team and look forward to announcing those in the coming months. Our commitment to the [...]

13th January 2017|Approved centres, Food & drink industry, Press Release, Qualifications|

Improved Safety Advice Needed for Apprenticeship Employers

A recent report from RoSPA has found that better advice and information is needed for employers to ensure the health and safety of their apprentices. An inquiry into the health and safety arrangements for apprentices, by RoSPA’s National Occupational Safety and Health Committee (NOSHC), found a dearth of safety information for companies due to a [...]

14th December 2016|Approved centres, Health and safety|

Consultation to develop Level 3 Furniture Apprenticeship Standard – Your support is needed

The Employer Trailblazer Group led by Senator International has made a submission to Government to develop a new Level 3 Furniture Apprenticeship Standard.  We now need your support to enable us to continue with this development. Pledging your support is easy, please click on the link below and complete the short online survey: https://consult.education.gov.uk/apprenticeships/eoinov2016/ The [...]

7th December 2016|Approved centres, Furniture industry|

OAL Christmas & New Year Message

Occupational Awards wishes everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. OAL's offices will be closed from 5pm on 20th December 2016 and will re-open at 8.30am on 3rd January 2017 Any certification claims that need to be processed prior to the closure must be submitted by 12pm on the 19th December 2016. [...]

25th November 2016|Approved centres, Press Release|

Customer Satisfaction Survey 2016

The results are in! Summary Every year we carry out a centre customer survey to assist us in keeping our standards high and fulfilling our centres expectations. We are delighted with the results which are displayed below. Thanks to all who participated in this important survey. 100% rated OAL’s customer service as excellent 100% strongly [...]

31st October 2016|Approved centres, Press Release|

Apprenticeship Funding

From May 2017, the way apprenticeships are funded is changing.  Government have now set out how it will work. The apprenticeship reforms will support an increase in the quality and quantity of apprenticeships so that more individuals have the chance to pursue a successful career – whether this is their first step on the employment [...]