Is it time to transform your workforce?

With the changing tides of policy, tightened budgets and customer demand, workforce planning can prove to be a continuous struggle. We can help, with over 15 years’ experience across the public sector, we can act as your workforce sector experts. To help with this, we’ve updated our membership packages to make them even more relevant…

Operational Firefighter End-Point Assessment UPDATE

As an organisation that works closely with and specialises in the justice and community safety sectors, we applied and were accepted to offer the Operational Firefighter End-Point Assessment (EPA) at the earliest opportunity, as a clear commitment of our support for Apprenticeships and the Operational Firefighter Apprenticeship Standard.  Approval of the Assessment Plan and an…

Launch of the Custody and Detention End-Point Assessment

In May 2018 the Custody and Detention Officer Apprenticeship Standard was approved for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships. As an approved Independent End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for a number of Apprenticeship Standards, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the SFJ Awards  Custody and Detention End Point Assessment. Developed by a trailblazer group lead…

International quality assurance visit

In April Steve Batty, Awarding Organisation Manager for SFJ Awards, carried out another successful monitoring visit to one of our international centres where staff are being trained in security management and immigration control, including the detection of human trafficking, customer service and quality management principles. This is the 6th visit since their approval as a…

Key Milestones for women in justice

Women often get overlooked in the justice sector, however as our infographic shows women have been instrumental to helping our justice system to be the one we are proud to support today. Our infographic can only capture a few key milestones to show how far we’ve come, contact us to let us know which milestones…

New centres approved

We’ve recently approved five new centres across the UK who will now be able to offer a range of our qualifications. Kissing It Better, RP Training Solutions Ltd, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service Training and Development Centre, and Integritas Global Consulting (IGC) have all been approved. The courses they are approved for…

Centre Standardisation Events

A series of centre standardisation events were held by SFJ Awards towards the end of last year – and we’re now seeking ideas for future events. The three events, which were held in London, were aimed at helping compare methodologies, share approaches and learn from each other. They focused on three sectors: management suite qualifications,…

What are apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship is a job with training to industry standards.  Apprenticeships must include a programme of on and off-the-job training and, at the end of the apprenticeship, an independent end-point assessment designed to test occupational competence. Apprenticeships are employer-led and designed by employers to meet their skills needs.  Employers design and set the standards to…

What is Resilens?

Realising European ReSiliencE for CritIcaL INfraStructure (RESILENS) is a 3-year project funded by the EU Commission under Horizon 2020. It aims to develop a user-friendly, European Resilience Management Guideline (ERMG) which is based on established principles of risk management and vulnerability reduction. It is hoped that the uptake of these principles will help organisations and…

What is Assessment?

Assessment entails establishing how much an individual learner has learnt, and involves learners, tutors and assessors. The assessment process can begin before a course starts and may continue after it has finished. Learning is essentially a change in skill and/or knowledge. Assessment is the judgement of evidence showing that learning has taken place (an act…

Independent End-Point Assessment from SFJ Awards

SFJ Awards have now been approved as an End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for a number of Apprenticeship Standards. As an EPAO we offer high-quality and robust assessments, carried out by experienced staff with extensive occupational competence in different areas of the public sector. If you would like to know more about how Apprenticeships can support…

T Levels…. what are they?

T Levels are new two-year, level 3 study programmes in England that will include a new, substantial level 3 technical qualification. Intended for the 16-18-year-old market, they are aimed at enabling learners to secure skilled employment, by providing a mixture of: • practical skills and knowledge specific to their chosen industry and occupation • at…

Timely Conference on Emergency Services Collaboration

Skills for Justice (SfJ) joined forces this month with partners from the University of Birmingham (Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing) and the University of Nottingham (Centre for Health and Justice) to co-host a UK Emergency Services Collaboration conference. This conference focused on the extensive research conducted by SfJ and partners on the three ‘blue-light’…

JUST ASSESS – online testing platform

You may be interested in SFJ Awards assessment software, ‘Just Assess’ which is designed for our customers to create and manage on-line tests. Just Assess is a testing tool that can be used in many ways for example: • Pre-join/entry assessment of knowledge • Recruitment & selection • Induction training • Training needs analysis • Pre-course testing • Post-course testing/evaluation • Continuing…

New GDPR App developed

Working closely with SFJ Awards and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), Droman Solutions has developed a ground-breaking immersive training platform suitable for educating personnel in businesses of all sizes. The first app in a growing library provides accredited training for all staff to develop their knowledge and understanding as to how all the principles…

Integrated Workforce Planning

Integrated workforce planning is an important approach to ensure you have a workforce of the right size and skills to meet your organisation’s short and long-term objectives. With growing financial constraints and an uncertain workforce supply, workforce planners are under growing pressure to ensure their approach is evidence-based, sustainable and robust enough to address both…

Plagiarism- the big “P” tips to look out for

The majority of learners take pride in completing their studies, take responsibility for their own learning, actively engage with the tasks set, keep to deadlines and take their learning seriously.  Nevertheless on occasion some learners may not do so.  Plagiarism, collusion and cheating undermines the integrity of any qualification.

Expressions of interest for independent end point assessors

SFJ Awards has been approved by the Education & Skills Funding Agency to deliver End Point Assessment for the Public Service Operational Delivery Officer apprenticeship standard with other applications in the pipeline. We are accepting expressions of interest from anyone interested in becoming an associate independent end point assessor with SFJ Awards.

Preparing for Assessment

Competence based qualifications allow great flexibility, allowing centres to choose their own suitable methods to assess learners. We are all steeped in the importance of formative and summative internal quality assurance checks, but pre-delivery internal quality assurance checks are a vital stage in planning and preparation for delivery.

Recent Standardisation Events

SFJ Awards recently held 4 Standardisation events in London, jointly facilitated by SFJ Awards Quality and Assessment Manager, Pam Hunt, and a relevant subject specialist External Quality Assurer.  The 4 events focussed on Community & Social Justice, Fire & Rescue, Learning & Development and Law Enforcement & Policing sectors. 

Just Assess and Professional Accreditation

“Just Assess has provided SFE with a high quality and cost effective solution for our membership programmes. The SFJ Awards team have also provided a highly responsive customer service to support SFE. We look forward to developing the approach and the content further.” Lakshmi Turner, Chief Executive Officer at SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly). Just…