The GQA Approved Centre awards closed the GQA conference, recognising good practice and exceptional commitment and contribution to GQA Qualification delivery. As in previous years, nominations were open to GQA Office staff and External Quality Advisors, with nomination in the areas of Best Practice in Assessment, Best Practice in Internal Quality Assurance and the overall GQA Approved Centre award. The important part of the nominations was the rationale behind the nominations as this enabled GQA to identify the award winners.
The award recipients were as follows:
Best Practice in Assessment – Brian Moultrie of RT Resources
Key Comment: Brian puts candidates at ease and lets them talk. He uses meaningful photographic evidence. His observation reports bring the assessment to life. He is keen to try out new approaches to assessment. A real professional and an example to all.
Best Practice in Internal Quality Assurance – Joanne Taylor of IPS International
Key Comment: Joanne challenges the team, policies, procedures and self, looking for continuous improvement to ensure that candidates get the best possible experience. She embraces new ideas and methodologies. She listens to feedback but is not afraid to challenge. She is the key driver of improving services to candidates and goes beyond the framework.
Approved Centre Award – Total Support Training
Key Comment: This centre has a great working relationship with both GQA Office staff and EV/EQA. They are responsive, helpful and constructive. This centre is continuously seeking to improve and increase their influence. There is a real dedication throughout the team to deliver quality.