Pleased to meet you
As the year moves rapidly forward, so too does life at NCFE and I’d like to begin by saying hello to each and every one of you.
I’m thrilled to be appointed as Managing Director of Awarding at NCFE. I’m passionate about the work we do and the real difference we make to people’s lives through education. NCFE is such a great organisation that I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of for the last 6 years and I’m really looking forward to continuing NCFE’s role in the education and training of young people and adults alike.
Following a background in training and development at Siemens Power Generation and Newcastle College, I joined NCFE on a temporary secondment as Quality Assurance Manager in July 2012. I progressed to Head of Quality Assurance in 2015, then Director of Quality Assurance in August 2017, and now proudly take the helm of NCFE Awarding as Managing Director at an exciting time of growth and continuing success.
This year marks NCFE’s 170 year anniversary and through that time the organisation has evolved considerably from the Northern Union of Mechanics’ Institutes (NUMI), established in 1848, to one of the largest UK awarding organisations, offering a huge range of products in different sector areas. You, our customers, are the reason that we’ve been able to thrive for 170 years and our commitment to learners and the importance of education has been there from the very beginning. I look forward to celebrating this hugely significant milestone throughout the year ahead and I’m sure that NCFE will continue to evolve to meet and exceed the needs of learners all over the world.
Look out for all of the fantastic things we have planned throughout the year to celebrate our rich heritage, sharing inspiring learners’ stories and looking ahead to what our next 170 years will bring.
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To a non-developer, the word of coding and testing is a total mystery. From the hilarious to the outright insulting, we sat down with our devs and testers at NCFE to ask them about the worst things they’re frequently asked when people find out what their job is…
The rise and rise of the North East tech scene09/11/2018 09:15:00
The North East is arguably one of the most exciting places in the UK to be involved in the tech industry. A bold statement, but one that can be backed up by the sheer volume of interesting and innovative businesses that we have here in the region.
What does the new Budget mean for the Technical Education?05/11/2018 12:15:00
Last month we put together our Budget wish list for technical education. Following this week’s Budget announcements, we’ve rounded up the key points for different parts of the sector and our thoughts on how these will affect the sector going forward.
Do you speak our language? We’re recruiting for tech talent in the north east02/11/2018 15:15:15
We’ve got some good news here at NCFE – we’re hiring! We’re looking to recruit a number of full stack software developers at all levels to join the growing team at our Quorum Business Park office in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Say hello to the bands31/10/2018 16:15:00
In May 2018, the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) announced, at the request of the DfE, that it would be reviewing the funding bands for 31 apprenticeship standards.
Guest blog: Crawford Knott, Hawk Training18/10/2018 16:15:00
The impact of the apprenticeship reforms must be reviewed to ensure we have a skills system which is fit for purpose.
Update from party conferences18/10/2018 14:15:00
This month, NCFE sent representation to the Labour and Conservative Party conferences, with the aim of hearing the latest policy announcements and influencing policy formulation.
To lose one college principal may be seen as misfortune. To lose three seems like carelessness.18/10/2018 12:15:00
Somehow ‘canaries in the coalmine’ doesn’t seem the right term to use for the high achieving Principals of major colleges but there is no doubt that the departure in quick succession of the leaders of three of the largest colleges in England is a clear signal that there are a number of issues in the current unstable world of FE.
Tips for teachers – talking about mental health in the classroom11/10/2018 11:15:00
Andi Smart is a Mental Health Practitioner and Teacher who works for a number of care and education establishments in mental health support and teaching roles; as well as developing health and social care qualifications for a number of awarding organisations.