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The Senator Group valued OAL support

Furniture manufacturer The Senator Group also valued the support offered by OAL in guiding one of its apprentices who undertook an Apprenticeship programme for the Furniture Manufacturer Wood Machinist Standard. Lucy Woods, Group Training Officer at The Senator Group, said: “I would rate OAL’s support highly. OAL was the only provider who could act [...]

2019-06-24T17:17:16+01:0028th May 2019|End-point assessment, Why OAL?|

Single OAL contact paid off for Silentnight

One dedicated contact within OAL paid off for leading British bed manufacturer the Silentnight Group. The firm’s Training and Development Manager Julie Dix explained why the single contact made the EPA process straight forward and easy to navigate. “We received excellent support from Sue Morgan, OAL’s end-point assessment Delivery Manager. This was particularly important [...]

2019-06-24T17:18:47+01:0024th May 2019|End-point assessment, Why OAL?|

National Apprenticeship Awards 2019

The National Apprenticeship Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate all that is exceptional about apprenticeships on a national stage. We have complied four easy ways you can continue to support the awards, and we would be very grateful if you could help us once again in the final push for applications! Promote the [...]

2019-06-24T17:20:03+01:0022nd May 2019|Apprenticeships|

CSCS to withdraw postal applications

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has announced plans to withdraw postal applications. CSCS currently provide a postal application service that is used by construction workers to apply for their CSCS cards. Over the last few weeks the CSCS team has been working with the industry to remove this largely paper based and inefficient [...]

2019-06-24T17:21:30+01:0013th May 2019|CSCS cards|

Retail apprenticeships: Transforming progression routes in the industry with over 10,000 apprentices on the new standards

Leading retail employers have been working tirelessly over the last four years to develop apprenticeship standards that form structured career progression routes in retail to help professionalise the workforce, raise the profile of retail careers and help challenge perceptions. With 10,000 apprentices now on the new standards, employers are starting to reap the benefits. [...]

2019-06-24T17:23:19+01:005th March 2019|Apprenticeships, Retail Industry|

Success for Apprentices on Team Leader Standard

Awarding Organisation and End Point Assessment Organisation, Occupational Awards Limited (OAL), have recently completed a number of End Point Assessments (EPAs) for specialist training provider Didac, who have been delivering the Team Leader/Supervisor standard for timber experts James Donaldson & Sons Ltd. The Team Leader/Supervisor standard, which runs over two years, is an intermediate [...]

2019-06-25T09:52:02+01:0019th February 2019|Apprenticeships, End-point assessment, Leadership & Management|

National Occupational Standards (NOS) Online Consultations

Industry skills body the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink and BFM are urging businesses to have their say on the review of National Occupational Standards (NOS), in areas varying from specialist sub-sectors.  Employer involvement will ensure the benchmark industry standards of performance and effective working keep pace with changing industry needs. NOS [...]

2019-06-24T17:26:39+01:0015th October 2018|Apprenticeships|