Skillsfirst is a regulated Awarding Organisation and approved End-point Assessment Organisation.
We design and develop qualifications and assessments which inspire people to fulfil their personal goals and drive their careers forward.
Our passionate and talented team have an in-depth understanding of the world of work-based learning. We use this knowledge every day to deliver simple, seamless service with the learner at its heart.
We are exceptionally proud to say that more than 450k people have achieved a Skillsfirst qualification since our launch in 2010.
If you are interested in working in partnership to deliver or embed qualifications or apprenticeships in your business, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We listen, respond and deliver
We are all about you
Together, we can make a difference
Collectively, we strive to be the best
We have come a long way from when we were first established back in 2009. See our timeline below for further information
Guest speakers Andy Street CBE, Mayor of the West Midlands and Caroline Paige, the First Openly Transgender Officer in the British Armed Forces, supported Skillsfirst Awards in the launch of the first qualification of its kind in the UK our Level 2 Certificate in LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace (RQF).
The qualification was developed to encourage inclusivity and promote positive interaction with people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or trans (LGBT) in the workplace
We celebrated our 10th Birthday with a rooftop garden party. The event was attended by customers, partners and suppliers, a great day was had by all!August 2019
Skillsfirst Awards Reformed Functional Skills English and maths Levels 1 and 2 available following a successful technical evaluation by OfqualJune & July 2019
Ofqual statistics show Skillsfirst is the 25th largest Awarding Organisation for 2017/18 in terms of certificates issued, an improvement of nine places on the previous yearDecember 2018
Skillsfirst Assess complete their first EPAs with apprentices from Key TrainingSeptember 2018
In partnership with DHL, learners in 120 countries work towards a Skillsfirst qualificationJuly 2018
Skillsfirst Assess, our End-point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), is approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)February 2017
The team continues to grow so we move up in the world (from Suite 215 to Suite 416 in Fort Dunlop)!September 2016
Skillsfirst Awards win the Progress to Excellence Partner of the Year AwardFebruary 2014
Skillsfirst enters into partnerships with The IMI, VTCT, Active IQ and BIIAB for delivery of Functional SkillsMarch 2013
The team is growing and we need more space!May 2011
Lord Digby Jones KT is the guest speaker at our launch event, sailing down the thames in LondonJuly 2010
Skillsfirst Awards is accredited to offer English, Maths and ICT Functional Skills at levels 1 & 2April 2010
Skillsfirst achieves QCF accreditation with OfqualOctober 2009
Skillsfirst achieves NVQ accreditation with OfqualAugust 2009
Our small team moves into Fort DunlopJanuary 2009
Skillsfirst Awards Ltd registered by Myra Wall, Managing DirectorEarly 2009