Occupational Awards Limited (OAL) is a recognised awarding organisation and approved end-point assessment (EPA) organisation. We work across a range of important industry sectors, including food & drink, furniture & wood, learning & assessment and health & safety.
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 end-point 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.
OAL is a young and vibrant business with big ambitions to operate as a high profile and expert awarding organisation across a range of important sectors. Our team is built of specialists with more than 130 years’ combined experience in the food & drink, furniture & wood and qualifications industries. We really are your expert team.
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