NOCN is pleased to announce further information, support and guidance on the alternative awarding arrangements in place for learners who have been affected by the disruption to education
One Awards Training is aimed at supporting and inspiring our approved NOCN Group centres. From ‘bite sized’ 2 hour sessions, 1 day accredited courses through to full NOCN qualifications we aim to provide a holistic programme of support. We are pleased to have received such positive feedback from attendees on a range of sessions attended.
2021 is our 25th Anniversary as an Access Validating Agency. Many things have changed over those years but our fundamental mission in championing adult education and our values of inclusivity and supporting our providers, remains the same. Key to all of this is the privilege of continuing to proudly award Access to HE Diplomas to a diverse and deserving adult student population.
One Awards Training is aimed at supporting and inspiring our approved NOCN Group centres.
Following the transfer of One Awards staff to remote working we would like to remind centres to check they are using the correct postal address.
Nominations deadline for our Celebration of Learning Awards which is being held as part of our virtual 2021 AGM has been extended.
Sunderland-based social enterprise Media Savvy CIC has been crowned as ‘Outstanding Social Enterprise” at this year’s North East Charity Awards.
Former Access to HE student Brandon Layton was named the National Winner in to Outstanding Individual Learner Award category as part the of the 2020 Festival of Learning for his achievements.
The annual One Awards, Access to Higher Education Fair is set to take place virtually from the 9th-13th November to promote adult learning and routes to either University or Higher/Degree Apprenticeships and the event could not come at a more vital time, with adult and lifelong learning set to play a vital role in the UK’s journey to recovery from the widespread impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
3 members of One Awards staff reached 20 years’ service over the last 6 months, Ann McCluskey, Dave Johnson and Sue Scheilling as part of the Quality Assurance teams covering both NOCN Qualifications, Access to HE Diplomas and Bespoke Accreditation.
Covid 19 and the lockdown restrictions have impacted many individuals, businesses, communities, and charitable organisations like ourselves and has forced a change to the way we are able to work and connect with our customers. One Awards have been successful in adapting to the new ways of working, using technology better to communicate with each other and our centres.
Guidance for Centre Assessment Grades for Awarding Organisation Calculated Results and Adaptations. Summer 2020 results for vocational, technical and other qualifications.
The Access to HE Diploma is an amazing qualification aimed at adults who may or may not have any previous qualifications but want to go study at HE to maybe become a nurse, doctor, teacher, lawyer, social worker whatever you want to be. Thousands have benefitted and lives are truly changed!
David Balme has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees for One Awards and takes up his post this month from outgoing Chair, Peter Stonell who has been a Trustee since 2015 and led the board from 2017.
Former One Awards Access to HE Health student Bethany, who completed her Diploma at Redcar and Cleveland College talks about her experiences working as a staff nurse on the front line and shares her stay at home message to all.
One Awards Managing Director Fabienne Bailey recently appeared in a Leaders Council podcast alongside Lord Blunkett.
One Awards Training part of the NOCN Group, aims to provide a comprehensive, high quality, cost effective training solution to support all NOCN Group customers, both internal and external, in the UK and internationally, with their continuous professional development needs.
Technology has revolutionised the way we work, but more than half of UK employees (53%) do not have the digital skills needed for work. These skills can be anything from being able to avoid suspicious links and pop-ups to sharing documents by attaching to an email.
At One Awards and the wider NOCN Group we will endeavour to minimise the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on our support for training centres, test centres and learners, whilst following the advice from Public health England and the Department of Education.
Jennie Lawson, Head of Quality at One Awards, celebrated 20 years with One Awards.
Life-changing achievements by delighted North East learners of all ages were celebrated on Tuesday 12 February 2020 at the One Awards Celebration of Learning Awards 2019.
Our Annual General Meeting was held on 12th February 2020, as part of the Celebration of Learning Awards, the event brought together recognised centres, One Awards Staff, Trustees and stakeholders.
NOCN Group Managing Director Graham Hasting-Evans is to become a Director of the Halo Project South Africa to support the global campaign to raise awareness and challenge gender-based violence in the country
NOCN was the first Awarding Organisation and Apprentice Assessment Organisation to be accredited as Leaders in Diversity by the National Centre for Diversity (NCFD). The organisation is now ranked number 30 in the NCFD 2019 Top 100 Diversity Index, which celebrates the UK’s private, public and third sector employers setting the bar for fairness in the workplace.
The One Awards office will be closed on Thursday 6th February 2020 due to due to One Awards Staff Development Day. The office will re-open at 9.00am on Friday 7th February 2020.
The past 12 months has been an exciting time for One Awards. Here are some of the highlights from 2019.
Following the recent trade mission to South Africa, One Awards has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Funda Trust to act as their education advisor and accreditation partner for a project to be delivered in South Africa to raise educational standards of teachers and teaching in the rural communities and townships.
Derwentside College celebrated the achievements of their learners at an event held on Thursday 5th December 2019.
In October, Fabienne Bailey, Managing Director of One Awards, was invited by the Northern Powerhouse to participate in an international trade mission to Thailand and Indonesia.
We are pleased to announce nominations are open for our Celebration of Learning Awards. These Awards recognise best practice, originality and not least, achievement within learning. Our Awards focus on learners, and the people and organisations that have enabled innovative and often life-changing learning to take place in many diverse venues throughout our region and beyond.
Meeting the requirements of the new Ofsted Framework New Key Judgement Categories which include, amongst others: Behaviour and Attitudes, Personal Development. We aim to assist our centres in the Supporting of learner behaviour, attitude and their personal development through providing innovative and flexible accredited solutions.
One Awards Managing Director, Fabienne Bailey recently visited South Africa as part of a North East trade mission with Business Durham and The Department of International Trade and Development. The aim of the mission was to build on the North East’s strong relationship with South Africa and to explore the country’s export opportunities.
One Awards recently supported East Durham Trust FEED Project by providing a donation for their food bank.
Today (Thursday 5th September 2019) is the International Day of Charity and as part of our commitment to supporting local and national charities NOCN Group has launched its campaign to support The Trussell Trust’s Food Bank.
Gateshead Council learningSkills have deliver volunteer training as part of the 2019 World Transplant Games using innovative on-line solutions to ensure the hundreds of volunteers have the skills and knowledge they would need to be effective volunteers.
The 1st August 2019 marks two special celebrations for One Awards. the 1st Anniversary of being part of the NOCN Group and the 25th anniversary of One Awards.
One Awards held our Annual General Meeting on 24th May 2019.The event titled 'Building Skills for a Productive Society' brought together recognised centres, One Awards Staff, Trustees and stakeholders.
We are pleased to provide the Registration and Certification standards for January to April 2019.
It has been a busy year for us here at One Awards, and we would like to welcome the following organisations who have gained centre approval over the last few months
Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship. This can include training that is delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties.
NOCN Group has retained Investors in People IIP Silver Award in recognition of its commitment to employee development, showing an ambitious and expanding organisation which nurtures and invests in its talent.
Here at One Awards, we greatly value your feedback on our performance and contributions to our strategic direction. With this in mind a Stakeholder Engagement Survey will be sent out week commencing 25th February to all Centre Contacts.
Over the next six months NOCN will be updating the design of their qualification specifications. This is to ensure all contact details are correct, and information is clear and easy to understand.
The new Ofsted Framework for 2019 is under consultation but on its way and recent announcements from Ofsted and Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, have highlighted some of the key changes. One Awards can help you to support learner behaviour, attitude and their personal development through innovative and flexible accredited solutions
Civil Ceremonies Ltd - who offer a nationwide service to train and develop celebrants to carry out a range of ceremonies across the UK - has been rated by Ofsted as Outstanding in all five performance categories observed.
Coming soon from NOCN a new end-to-end online digital courses are designed to give the workforce key skills to improve productivity.
The past 12 months has been an exciting time in One Awards history. From joining our long-term partners NOCN Group, to new staff becoming part of our growing team. Here are some of the highlights from 2018.
One Awards Managing Director, Fabienne Bailey recently visited Hong Kong as part of the Northern Powerhouse trade mission. The Department of International Trade delegation consisted of 12 innovative and forward-thinking businesses in the Education Sector at the recent Learning and Teaching Expo.
We are pleased to provide the Registration and Certification standards for August to October 2018.
One Awards are delighted to welcome our new Senior Business Development Manager, Roger Guy
ESCAPE Family Support are looking for befrienders and peer mentors to help individuals across Northumberland.
In July 2018, our average turnaround time for registration and certification was one day.
One Awards and NOCN recently signed a subsidiary agreement which came into effect on 1 August 2018. One Awards is now a subsidiary of the NOCN Group. This move will widen the NOCN Group offer to the FE market to include Access to HE, regulated qualifications, Functional Skills and apprentice end point assessments.
NOCN Group is moving its Sheffield Office to a new modern, city centre office in Sheffield. The move is taking place over the coming weekend, from Friday 20 July to Monday 23 July
In June 2018, our average turnaround time for registration and certification was one day.
We are pleased to provide details of recently approved NOCN Qualifications.
Dedicated students have had their hard work recognised at our Celebration of Achievement Awards. The annual event puts the spotlight on the efforts of learners across the College
Sonia Ritchie-Park BEM from Sunderland has been announced as winner of the Festival of Learning Tutor Award 2018 for her exceptional achievements in adult learning. This award recognises inspirational teaching and training professionals who have supported learner to go on and lead successful and rewarding lives.
At our Access to HE Forum on 15th June, Scott Godfrey Principal Lecturer at the School of Health & Social Care, Teesside University, will be hosting a workshop on Exploring Health and Social Courses within Higher Education.
In April 2018, our average turnaround time for registrations was the same day, and two days for certification
One Awards are delighted to announce that from 1 August 2018 One Awards will join the NOCN Group. This move will widen the NOCN Group offer to the FE market to include Access to HE, regulated qualifications, Functional Skills and apprentice end point assessments.
In February 2018, our average turnaround time for registrations was the same day, and two days for certification.
We are delighted to announce that following an extensive recruitment process before Christmas, Fabienne Bailey has joined One Awards as Managing Director. Fabienne has 18 years’ experience in the education and training sector along with 10 years’ senior management experience within the learning and skills environment and may already know many of you in the sector.
NOCN have published a statement today on the NOCN website, regarding NOCN, Carillion learners and apprentices and how NOCN is working with CITB and the Government task-force to support them in their efforts to ensure people continue their learning following the collapse of the firm.
New recruit Richard Yuille is a perfect example of how Actes supports its clients to fulfil their potential, having gone from client, to volunteer and now full-time employee in just a few months.
NOCN has responded to the UK Government Select Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy on the Quality of Apprenticeships and Training with a detailed submission. As the country moves away from traditional apprenticeship frameworks of qualifications to the new apprenticeship standards, with end point assessments. This is all part of a public inquiry into how the reforms are going, to identify problems and suggest solutions to make apprenticeships better.
In November 2017, our average turnaround time for registrations was the same day, and one day for certification.
Two apprentices from Heritage Craft Alliance have been recognised for their achievement by Historic England and Institute of Heritage Building Conservation (IHBC).
The digital arts and media company has launched its fourth third annual exhibition; Shining, with an aim to engage hard-to-reach learners’, boosting their confidence, belief and employability skills.
Sunderland based social enterprise Media Savvy CIC has been crowned as winners of the ‘Social Enterprise Award’ at this year’s Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards 2017.
In May 2017, our average turnaround time for registrations was the same day, and one day for certification.
NOCN acquires Cskills to build a UK leading awarding and assessment organisation.
Newton Aycliffe-based charity DISC has won a prestigious award proving it was at the “Heart of the Community”
From Tuesday 21st March 2017, when you log into QuartzWeb you should see that the layout and look of our system has changed.
NOCN QUALIFICATION OF THE MONTH MARCH 2017: NOCN Level 2 Award in Safeguarding Children & Young People
The future of apprenticeships and the impact that changes in government legislation will have on employers and training providers came under the spotlight at One Awards Annual General Meeting.
We would like to welcome the following organisations who have recently gained approval.
Clare Friskney at Darlington Borough Council recently completed the NOCN customer satisfaction survey and was one of the lucky recipients of a Kindle.
We’ve a good range of qualifications with lower GLH which may suit your requirements. Here at One Awards we’ve been casting our minds forward to the warmer months and in particular, progression initiatives, planning for Summer Schools and enrolment for the coming academic year.
We have chosen the NOCN Level 2 Award for the Safe Worker as our ‘Qualification of the Month’ as a result of the positive feedback it is already receiving since its launch in September 2016
Sunderland based social enterprise Media Savvy CIC has been crowned as ‘Provider of the Year’ at Sunderland Council's Family, Adult and Community Learning Awards.
In January 2017, our average turnaround time for registrations was the same day, and one day for certification.
We would love to hear what is happening in your organisation so we can feature your learner stories and case studies within the newsletter and on the One Awards website.
Ofqual has changed the way Awarding Organisations describe the size of a regulated qualification and between now and December 2017.
We have several events planned for 2017, please put them in your diary:
We would like to welcome the following organisations who have recently gained approval.
NOCN is now one of the top three apprentice assessment organisations.
We are pleased to inform you that the suite of NOCN Level 2 Qualifications in Skills for Employment Training and Personal Development (QCF), Award, Certificate and Diploma are confirmed for funding until 31st July 2017.
Hartlepool College’s Celebration of Achievement Awards saw students scoop accolades for their outstanding work throughout 2015/16.
The North East’s first Higher Education admissions fair held exclusively for adults and mature students studying the Quality Assurance Agency Access to Higher Education Diploma attracted over 300 delegates seeking a new career.
One Awards e-newsletter is circulated to all our recognised centres, we welcome your comments or ideas about what you would like to be included.
Information on New Qualifications, Qualification Amendments and Withdrawal of Qualifications
Those were the parting words of former teacher Margaret Cockrill as she retired after ten years working as a volunteer in adult learning.
Sunderland based Community Interest Company, Media Savvy CIC, hosted their third annual ‘SHINE_On’, exhibition that celebrates' the achievements of their learners, and showcase the creative work they have produced throughout the academic year.
We would like to welcome the following organisation who have recently gained approval.
We held a consultation event in June 2016, which many of you attended and kindly contributed your thoughts and ideas at the various workshops.
One Awards staff members Patrick Mallon and Bridget Randall successfully completed the recent Great North Run.
We are pleased to announce the following new qualifications that have been regulated by Ofqual.
Here at One Awards, we’re proud of our reputation for delivering outstanding customer service. But we don’t want to get complacent, so we’re always striving to improve our service to you. As part of this, we’ve introduced a new Customer Service Charter, which tells you exactly what we’ll do, and when we’ll do it by .
We are thrilled to announce that One Awards has become one of the first businesses in the region to achieve Investors in People Silver with a new version of the Standard.
We are pleased to inform you that the following qualifications have now been extended to 31/12/2017
Redcar & Cleveland College has launched a new scheme to help people without qualifications prepare for study in higher education or the world of work.
One Awards were delighted to attend Tyne Metropolitan College Student Awards held on 30th June 2016.
Top achievers from a Teesside college have been recognised in an annual awards ceremony celebrating the rising stars of the future.
Student Achievements were celebrated at Middlesbrough College Student Awards held on 15th June 2016
One Awards’ Annual General Meeting and consultation event was held at Middlesbrough College’s state of the art STEM Centre on Friday 10th June 2016.
We would like to welcome the following organisation who have recently gained approval.
In May 2016, our average turnaround time for registrations was the same day, and 1 day for certification.
We would like to invite you to attend our Shaping One Awards Future in Learning and Skills Event and AGM to be held at Middlesbrough College STEM Centre, Dock Road, Middlesbrough, TS2 1AD on Friday June 10th 2016 from 9.30am.
We would like to welcome the following organisations who have recently gained Centre Recognition with One Awards:
South Tyneside College’s Interface department were finalist at a prestigious national award for its innovative autism provision.
Following the earlier pilots, 2015 was a busy year for us with more organisations becoming involved in the delivery of Traineeships. Regionally and nationally, models of delivery have been varied and delivery has been managed by a range of different providers including FE, Training Providers and Employers.
NOCN carried out a survey of all One Awards Centres using NOCN Qualifications, in November 2015.
Leading awarding and assessment organisation NOCN was successful at the recent National Centre for Diversity Grand Awards in Birmingham, winning ‘Awarding Body of the Year’ and ranking in the NCFD Diversity Top 100.
The NOCN qualifications in Supporting Early Learning at Home are designed to provide knowledge and skills to parents and carers of babies and young children who may wish to continue their studies afterwards in areas related to early education and childcare.
We would like to welcome Ann Burrell, Gary Cumiskey and Chris White who have recently joined our Board of Trustees. Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the mission and strategic direction of One Awards and works closely with the management team and staff to ensure the delivery of our charitable aims.
Developing employability skills is one of the main initiatives of the Scottish government. One Awards, in partnership with NOCN, are pleased to announce that the following learning programmes have been credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
This has been a period of change for many qualifications with many older ones withdrawn and new ones launched
Action Foundation have been presented with the Guardian Charity Awards one of only five winners from almost 1300 entries.
Excellent turnaround times in November 2015, for registration and certification
We would like to welcome the following organisations who have recently gained Centre Recognition with One Awards.
We are pleased to announce that we are now implementing a change to the order NOCN certificates will be issued.
Thank you to everyone who voted for former trustee Minna Ireland for The Guardian’s Trustee of the Year 2015.
One Awards are delighted to announce that further to the approval of the suite of NOCN Certificates in Skills for Employment and Study (QCF).
We would like to welcome the following new members who have been approved by our Board of Trustees.
Great news for centres using NOCN’s Skills for Employment Training and Personal Development qualifications who aim to provide a personalised approach to Study Programmes, Traineeships and Employability Initiatives
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) updated list of qualifications which it has approved for public funding for 2015 to 2016 on 1st October 2015.
Attendees on the LEAP Hospitality courses delivered through Redcar and Cleveland College were given hands on experience by Fat Brewer at their Hospitality Training Academy based in Crook, Co Durham.
We would like to welcome the following new members who have been approved to deliver NOCN qualifications and One Awards units by our Board of Trustees.
NOCN Entry Level Maths and English Skills qualifications have been included on the approved list of new stepping stone qualifications to GCSE and Functional Skills.
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) updated list of qualifications which it has approved for public funding for 2015 to 2016 on 01 July 2015.
Life-changing achievements by delighted North East learners of all ages were celebrated in Newcastle on Friday 12 June at the One Awards Celebration of Learning Awards 2015.
Winner - Northumberland CVA Highly Commended - Catcote Academy
Life-changing achievements by North East learners of all ages will be celebrated in Newcastle this Friday 12 June at the Celebration of Learning Awards 2015.
One Awards and NOCN are champions of lifelong adult learning and we are proud to be sponsoring Adult Learners’ Week as part of the Festival of Learning. The Festival is co-ordinated by NIACE.
NOCN has over 400 qualifications - but do you know which ones are funded?
Learning is not preparation for life, learning is life itself - Celebration of Learning and AGM event at The County by Thistle, Newcastle upon Tyne on Friday June 12th from 9.30am.
Nominations are open for our Celebration of Learning Awards 2015.
On 21st March One Awards, formerly OCN North East Region, celebrated its first birthday under its new brand!
One Awards helped celebrate the many contributions made to the welfare, personal and social development of young people at the 8th National Youth Worker of the Year Awards, hosted by YouthLink Scotland.
Heritage Craft Alliance Ltd is pleased to celebrate the successful achievement of their Traditional Skills Apprenticeship with their first three apprentices this week.
At the Community Learning Awards in Co Durham on Friday 6th February, the organisation was delighted to celebrate the fantastic achievements of learners of all ages throughout the region.
LEAP – Linking Employment, Achievement and Potential The LEAP programme has been especially designed for Young People across Teesside, aged 16-24. It’s a short 6 week course that provides students with a vocational qualification, work experience and a guaranteed Apprenticeship Interview. Courses run throughout the year with and have a focus on different vocational areas.
Carol Kidner, Exams and Data Officer at Abbey Hill Academy, Stockton on Tees completed the recent NOCN customer satisfaction survey and was selected as the lucky recipient of a Kindle Voyager.
NOCN, the first awarding organisation to create and establish the credit based learning system in the UK, has signed a partnership agreement with ONE Awards, Agored Cymru and OCN Northern Ireland to ensure that ‘credit’ based learning and accreditation, with recognition of prior learning, remains part of the education and training system in the UK.
QCF Units confirmed for funding as part of the single adult skills budget (2014/15)
Article on how Heritage Craft Alliance based in Bedale, North Yorkshire and One Awards are working together to help bridge the construction skills gap.
The suite of NOCN Independent Living (QCF) qualifications have been confirmed for funding during 2014-15.
Information on NOCN Qualifications recently approved by Ofqual
From 1st July 2014 the green Construction Site Operative (CSO) card will no longer be issued. There will be a new green CSCS card, only available for people working in labouring occupations.