NCFE – passionate about technical education

NCFE is a national awarding organisation with a strong heritage going back over 170 years. We’re passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards, which have contributed to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. NCFE is a registered educational charity and we’re proud to be recognised for our exceptional customer service and friendly approach. Our values drive everything we do at NCFE and we are constantly striving to achieve our mission to ‘create opportunities for success to enrich society’. Our extensive portfolio covers a wide range of products and services for leaners of all ages across many subject areas and specialisms.

At NCFE, we understand that every learner is different and that it’s important to develop a diverse and engaging offer that helps every learner achieve their full potential. We’ve always championed the importance of technical education and believe that everyone learns differently, which is why it’s so important to us that technical education has just as much respect and recognition as traditional academic routes. There are so many advantages to technical learning, from gaining real, transferrable and practical skills for everyday life, to learning as you work in an apprenticeship or continuing professional development.

The quality of technical education has never been higher with the introduction of the upcoming T Levels, the government’s commitment to apprenticeships, and the Functional Skills Reform. There has never been a better time to engage with technical learning and we believe that NCFE is fantastically placed to help learners get the most from technical education.

We’re thrilled to have been recently awarded the contract by the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) and the Department for Education (DfE) to be the delivery partner for the Education and Childcare T Level. The CACHE developed Technical Qualification will be delivered as part of the T Level, and as the leading sector specialists, CACHE is ideally placed to develop this qualification.

NCFE is also at the forefront of the new world of apprenticeships, with a fantastic team of experts to guide customers through their end-point assessment (EPA) journey. With an emphasis on quality, we care about the success of your apprentices as much as you do. Whilst maintaining our impartiality and the integrity of EPA, we believe that training providers, employers and EPA Organisations working together as trusted partners is a central pillar to delivering the benefits of the new system.

Learner choice and opening up pathways for progression is key in all we do and with this in mind, we’d like to see more access to GCSE and A Level alternatives. This will create a shift from the current situation many learners find themselves in with an inability to progress and move on without achieving the GCSE grade C benchmark widely adopted by HE, FE and employers. These barriers to progression are often unnecessary and if there were more alternative and equivalent options for learners, allowing them to learn in a different way, we’d see improvements in learner wellbeing and pass rates.

An example of this is our English and Maths alternatives. Functional Skills qualifications from NCFE give learners useful, transferable skills which are contextualised to everyday life. Functional Skills help learners to function more confidently, effectively and independently in their work, as well as life in general. We also offer bite sized English and maths qualifications and units to support learners in the specific areas that they struggle in to support overall achievement.

We’re also delighted to announce our new Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Everyday Life which is open for registrations from 1 September this year. We’ve worked with Professor David Burghes and his colleagues from the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CIMT) to develop this new Core Maths qualification, designed to help combat the issue of poor progression in mathematics from age 16.

We’re doing all we can to shift perception and champion the importance of technical alternatives and vocational education full stop across the sector and beyond. Learners are at the heart of everything we do at NCFE and we want to ensure that every young person has the ability to reach their goals and aspirations in life.

If you’d like to find out more about the work we do and the qualifications we offer, please visit our website.