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Our Partners

Want to know more about the people we work with?
Skillsfirst continuously looks for opportunities to collaborate with sector experts, as we believe these relationships also greatly benefit our customers.
Here you can find out more about some of the organisations we are currently working with.

The Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB)


The Federation of Awarding Bodies is the collective voice of the UK's world-class qualifications and assessments industry.  Their members are committed to providing high-quality, qualifications and assessments that recognise achievement, improve productivity, support social mobility and change lives.


FAB′s mission is to be the collective voice of the UK's qualifications and assessments industry.



The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is a national membership organisation that represents the interests of over 900+ organisations.  Their members deliver the majority of Britain's apprenticeships, traineeships and programmes for the unemployed. 


AELP's primary role is to represent the interests of its members, by effectively lobbying on their behalf to government departments and agencies.  They work with their members, the government and employers to support the development of policies that deliver high quality, learner, centred, skills and employment services.


They guarantee their members access to readily understandable, up to date information about changes to the skills and employability sector and how they will affect them. They also provide members with access to practical support and added value serivces that strengthen their business.



Sage is dedicated to providing qualifications that really make a difference in employment. Since 2008 Sage have worked in partnership with Awarding Organisations, including Skillsfirst, to build an accredited qualification programme that aligns skills and knowledge of Sage 50 products with qualifications that are recognised by employers.


The excellent and innovative Sage e-learning course material has been designed to help learners secure and progress in the career they choose.

Skills for Care


Skills for Care helps create a well-led, skilled and valued adult social care workforce.


They are a trusted independent charity with over 18 years' experience in workforce development, working as a delivery partner for the Department of Heath and Social Care.  They also work closely with related services such as health and housing and are the membership organisation for registered managers. 


They also provide practical support to help leaders and managers recruit, develop and lead staff and can provide tailored solutions to support businesses to deliver high-quality care, now and in the future.



Youth Employment UK (YEUK) is the leading expert on youth employment and youth unemployment in the UK.  They not only put young people at the heart of what they do, they also lead the way to bringing young peoples voices and experience to the forefront if policy and service design.


They provide support and guidance to a range of government departments, employers, youth organisations and work in collaboration with a number of key partners.

Advanced Secure Technologies

Advanced Secure Technologies develops pioneering, innovative secure solutions that protect individuals, organisations and the wider society against fraud.


In the field of education they protect qualifications to ensure that the certification of awards are secure. Safeguarding the integrity of the learning and ensuring that the hard work of all stakeholders, learners, centres & awarding organisations, is rewarded.


Their holistic approach to the development of secure certification solutions uses multiple layers of security across the full certification process, to stop fraud on qualifications. Crucially their solutions empower learners to control their award documents, making it easy for 3rd parties, such as employers, to verify qualifications in a fully self-service online solution.

Gordon Associates

Parnassus from Gordon Associates is the market-leading portal-style awarding organisation (AO) business management system which fully embraces RQF, QCF & NQF and any other qualification structures. The system supports the core business functions of an AO, ie learner registration through to certification.


Parnassus is a portal-style solution, which can be hosted on a web server or installed on an AO’s internal servers, so that internal staff can use it but any function can be used across the web by centres, EV’s, examiners and other external users, even learners. Parnassus is a flexible, customisable solution that can be used immediately after installation or it can be customised to your organisation’s business processes.


Creatio provides a wide range of services to Awarding Organisations (AO):


Consultancy services from independent audits; on-going regulatory advice and support and trouble-shooting; AO recognition applications to sitting on committees as a regulatory advisor. Their consultants are ex-AO and/or regulatory staff and have gained AO recognition for numerous organisations under the General Conditions and therefore have an excellent understanding of regulatory requirements and expectations.


The creatiogreen system is an intuitive centre and AO focussed workflow solution that is configured to meet an AO’s needs and underpins their Governance, Qualification Development, Centre Management and Learner Registration/Certification processes. It has been expanded to support the end-to-end AAO/EPA lifecycle from apprenticeship set-up, to enrolment/registration to the booking and allocation of external assessors as well as holding achievement outcomes and evidence.


Coelrind's experienced team bring together expertise in assessment development, exam administration, instructional design and eLearning development with a deep understanding of how to future-proof technology so as to provide flexible, scalable and sustainable solutions.


They have helped all sizes of organisations with our easy to deploy, fully managed solutions including: awarding organisations; training providers; certification bodies; professional bodies; third sector; organisations; government departments and corporations.


Their assessment platform XAMS is used by many of the UK leading awarding organisations and has delivered examinations to large numbers of students online, offline and on paper across the world.