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.

Senior Team

Jan Richardson-Wilde
Jan Richardson-WildeCEO
Lee Reddington
Lee ReddingtonHead of Customer Support
Phil Clough
Phil CloughHead of End Point Assessment Operations
Sue Morgan
Sue MorganEQA Quality Improvement Lead
Deborah Briggs
Deborah BriggsCustomer Service Operations and Data Manager

Board Members

Sue McGlynn
Sue McGlynnBoard member
John S Whitehead OBE
John S Whitehead OBEChair
John MacNamara
John MacNamaraBoard member


Furniture Apprenticeship Success at Brockenhurst College

21st April 2020|

Although Brockenhurst College have been delivering furniture training since 2015, they only began delivering the new Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship standards in 2018, with their first apprentice achieving gateway and [...]

Great Customer Service at OAL

21st April 2020|

Instep, a training provider specialising in Leadership & Management Apprenticeships (Team Leader and Operations Manager), started working with OAL in the summer of 2019 after being introduced to OAL [...]

Keeping End Point Assessment on Track

2nd April 2020|

To keep EPA on track we working flexibly with our EQA bodies and our customers to provide remote assessment opportunities where possible. This will enable apprentices to complete assessment [...]

OAL Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

2nd April 2020|

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak, OAL will continue to follow the guidance as outlined by the UK Government and will review our approach on a daily basis. [...]

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Training providers ‘feel inspired’ by OAL support

27th June 2019|

Employers’ EPA training providers report “feeling inspired” after receiving OAL support sessions. Oxfordshire based training provider Qube Learning particularly valued a session focusing on portfolios. Qube Learning’s Operations Manager [...]

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