Conference & Awards
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    FAB 2016: Conference, Awards and Exhibition
    20 and 21 October, Marriott Hotel, Leicester.

Over 350 delegates attended the FAB 2016 Conference, Awards and Exhibition which was held in Leicester on 20 and 21 October.  Presentations from most of the seminars can be found below, the other presentations will be uploaded soon.


20 October

Key note speakers

Baroness Burt of Solihull

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive at AELP

Sally Collier, Chief Regulator at Ofqual

Panel session: Baroness Burt of Soliholl, Mark Dawe and Sally Collier

Ann Limb, Chair of SEMLEP


Ofqual's regulatory approach (Bryan Horne, Ofqual)

Adult education budget, loans and the Post-16 Skills Plan - joining up the dots (Janet Ryland, SFA)

Qualifications Wales - One year on: Towards a Vocational Qualifications strategy (Cassie Taylor, Qualifications Wales)

'Here we go again': some reflections on the Post-16 Skills Plan (Professor Emeritus Prue Huddleston, University of Warwick)

How to make purchasing qualifications easier and legally compliant (Teresa Downey,Crown Commercial Services)

European VET tools - continuity and change (Helen Jenkinson - Erasmus+ National Agency, Sian Holleran - CollegesWales/ColegauCymru and Stephen Vickers - FAB Consultant)


21 October

Key note speakers

Nick Linford, FE Week

Warwick Sharp, DfE

Shakira Martin, NUS

Panel Session: Nick Linford, Warwick Sharp and Shakira Martin


The End-point assessment of Apprenticeship Standards and the Register of Assessment Organisations (Richard Mole, SFA and Robyn Whitmore, DfE)

The continuing contribution of NOS skills development (John McGuigan, DELNI)

The application of validity theory in vocational awarding organisations (Paul Newton, Ofqual)

Better together - making consortium arrangements work for your AO (Richard Marke and Emma Dowden-Teale, BWB)

Professional and Vocational Qualications in Asia (Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore and Vietnam): Markets and opportunities (Carol Cao and Omar Mirza, British Council)


With thanks to all of our supporters of FAB 2016.


FAB Sponsors

Headline Sponsor
Cirrus Assessment

Cirrus Assessment

Programme Sponsor
Portico Consulting

Portico Consulting

Badge Sponsor
Secure and Confidential Documents

Secure and Confidential Documents

Media partner

FAB Exhibitors

Cirrus Assessment
Portico Consulting
Secure and Confidential Documents
Apech Systems Ltd
British Council
Proctor U
Digital Assess
Alpha Plus
Advanced Secure
A1 Security Print
Adare Inspired Communications
Pearson Vue
eCom Scotland
TPP Recruitment
FE Week
Identity Papers
Skillwise UK Ltd
Smart Assessor


  • It was hugely worthwhile investing the time and money in attending the conference as I gained a lot of very useful information and met people who are key to my business. It was good to have a choice of seminars and the whole event seemed to run very smoothly...
  • A very interesting conference with much gained...
  • I think you did an excellent job with this year's conference - best one yet...
  • Much food for thought which will influence my thinking in the very near future...