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Qualification of the Year award success for Open College Network West Midlands at last night’s FAB 2021 Awards!

Open College Network West Midlands is pleased to announce we are winners of the Qualification of the Year award at this year’s FAB 2021 Awards for our Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management qualification.


The awarding and assessment industry celebrated success at a prestigious awards ceremony last night (11 November) by recognising the contributions made by awarding organisations and their employees to education and skills in the UK over the past year.

The Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management qualification is the first qualification of its kind and is designed to directly address the climate emergency facing the country and world.

This unique qualification has seen significant growth during the last year. It is one of a kind and to date provides the only skills solution available in the UK for learners to be employed as a Retrofit Coordinator in line with the relevant industry Code of Practice, BSI PAS 2035.

We are the only awarding organisation that currently offers this qualification, which was designed to provide the framework for delivering leading-edge training and professional development to a new generation of retrofit professionals in the UK, to ensure delivery of BSI PAS 2035 compliant, whole-house retrofit measures in line with the UK governments strategy to improve the energy efficiency of housing stock by 2035 as part of its decarbonisation goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050.


Discover more about this qualification here


Open College Network were also shortlisted for the Awarding Organisation of the Year and Individual of the Year awards at this year’s ceremony.

The Awards were independently judged by Rt Hon Anne Milton, Stella Mbubaegbu CBE, Executive Member of the Black FE Leadership Group and Larissa Kennedy, President of National Union of Students.

“We were incredibly impressed at how well Awarding Organisations have overcome the significant challenges they faced during the pandemic. This has only been possible due to the hard work and dedication of so many staff. What shone through all the entries is the commitment to learners and to the sector as a whole. It was a privilege and inspiration for us to be asked to judge the entries and although not everyone is a winner, they are all worthy of special mention.”

On behalf of the judges, Rt Hon Anne Milton

The winners

The winners on the night were:

Awarding Organisation of the Year - Sponsored by Creatio

EPAO of the year - Sponsored by RM
City and Guilds

Qualification of the year - Sponsored by Coelrind
Open College Network West Midlands with Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management

Collaboration of the Year - Sponsored by Civica
NCFE and WorldSkills UK : WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence

Learner of the Year - Sponsored by Eintech
Deepak Ranindran nominated by CMI

Individual of the Year - Sponsored by Gordon Associates
Joint winners: Kelle McQuade and Andrew Walker from Training Qualifications UK

Innovation of the year - Sponsored by Advanced Secure Technologies
CMI with Interview360 and CV360

Exporter of the Year –Sponsored by TestReach
Active IQ

“This year we received an abundance of excellent nominations for the FAB Awards, all of which were of a very high standard and demonstrated the commitment of our members to learners and the sector. I am immensely proud of how our industry has risen to the challenges of the last two years and I have heard and seen so many examples of excellence demonstrated by individuals and teams pulling together to support one another as well as centres, employers and of course learners. It was a privilege to announce the Awards winners this evening, along with my co-host Jackie Weaver ”

Tom Bewick, CEO of Federation of Awarding Bodies

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