Press Release

Yvette Boland joins the OAL team

We are delighted to announce that Yvette Boland joined us this month as our new Development Manager. Yvette is well-known and well-respected in the sector, so we are sure that her appointment will be a popular one. Having worked with much of the OAL team in a previous role, hers is a very popular [...]

Implementation workshop: Food and drink process operator apprenticeship standards

On Tuesday 3rd October we are running a free of charge apprenticeship standards implementation workshop, especially for the food & drink industry. This is designed for those who are working either for food and drink employers or for training providers, colleges or universities. Who would benefit from the event: Trainers Assessors Internal Quality Assurers Training, HR [...]

Important news for all shopfitters

Occupational Awards Limited has been working with the National Association of Shopfitters, a number of employers and Didac Ltd to develop a new shopfitting installation qualification to meet SICCS card requirements.  This follows the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) Card.The new qualification will allow installers to apply for the SICCS Card and gain [...]

2017-10-10T14:03:01+00:00 3rd August 2017|Approved centres, Furniture industry, Press Release, Qualifications|

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 [...]

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 [...]

2017-02-14T16:24:09+00:00 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 [...]

2017-01-16T10:56:52+00:00 13th January 2017|Approved centres, Food & drink industry, Press Release, Qualifications|

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. [...]

2016-11-25T15:53:43+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-31T11:12:39+00:00 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 [...]

OAL Launches New Furniture Industry Qualifications

Pictured: Jon Nuttall at My Fathers Heart Occupational Awards has been working closely with the furniture industry to develop a suite of new qualifications at Level 2. These qualifications cover a range of occupations within the industry, including for the first time Bed Making, Modern Furniture Service Repair and Foam Conversion and Upholstery Cushion Interior [...]

2016-08-12T15:43:53+00:00 12th August 2016|Furniture industry, Press Release, Qualifications|