EXHIBITORS 2019-02-01T15:11:24+00:00

The Skills Conference 2019: Exhibitors

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Supporting over 600,000 users worldwide, OneFile is the UK’s leading eportfolio for learning and development – and winner of the 2017 Queen’s Award for Innovation. But we do more than sell software. We believe people deserve to reach their full potential – that’s why we’ve made it our mission to shape the futures of 1 million people by 2020.

To achieve this mission, we’ve developed OneFile into an all-in-one learning software ideal for all types of vocational training. It’s a training eportfolio, assessment software, learning environment and CPD tracker – giving people the tools to shape their own future.

bksb is the UK’s most popular Functional Skills and GCSE eLearning Solution and won ‘Company of the Year’ at the Bett Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Our online assessments and learning resources are used by millions each year to improve their skills in English and maths.

The bksb eLearning platform identifies skill gaps specific to each learner, then offers tailored, engaging learning content that can be accessed anywhere, at any time.  It is widely used to support apprenticeships, and provides powerful reporting data in line with Ofsted and funding requirements.

Ascentis is an Awarding Organisation with a portfolio of user-friendly qualifications, specialising in ESOL, English & Maths, British Values, Teacher Training, Employability, Progression, Digital Learning, and as the leading AVA providing Access to Higher Education Diplomas. We are also proud to launch new short qualifications in Mental Health and Well-being, Citizenship and Social Media. Ascentis is regulated by Ofqual and the QAA and many of its qualifications are eligible for funding under the ESFA.

With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to develop, inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

We want all learners to achieve their full potential – no matter what their age, background or ability. We do this by supporting the development and delivery of education and skills providers, as well as providing high quality qualifications and assessments.

Our brands include: ABC Awards, Certa Access, Certa Awards and Emfec

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is the leading trade association for vocational learning and employment providers in Britain. The majority of its 900+ members are independent, private, not-for-profit and voluntary sector training and employment services organisations.

Membership is open to any provider committed to quality provision and it includes over 40 FE colleges involved in work-based learning. AELP members deliver the majority of Apprenticeships, Traineeships, English and maths in the workplace and programmes for the unemployed including the Work Programme.

Visit: www.aelp.org.uk Email: membership@aelp.org.uk Call: 0117 947 2090 Follow: @AELPUK LinkedIn: AELP

Forward with Phonics specialises in creating structured, age appropriate, phonic resources for older learners. Current research confirms our belief that systematic teaching of the phonic code is essential for beginner or struggling readers, regardless of age.

The new Functional Skills curriculum, to be introduced in September 2019, includes phonics teaching for Entry Level learners. Our books would be ideal resources to support that teaching. The books are suitable for the 14-19 sector, Functional Skills and ESOL learners, who are working at a Pre Entry – Entry 2 Level.

Resources include two books of photocopiable stories and activities and a set of 54 reading books, called The Drop-In Series, with accompanying support materials. The stories in The Drop-In Series are based around a community café and offer reading support from CVC words to words with a more complex structure and more than one syllable. All can be purchased as printed books or downloads.


We are the government-backed, sector-owned workforce development body for the Further Education and Training sector. Our professional membership body is the Society for Education and Training.

Gateway Qualifications is an Awarding Organisation offering bite-sized English and Maths qualifications, Functional Skills and ESOL. As well as Apprenticeships, Vocational Qualifications and Access to HE Diplomas, all designed in collaboration with providers and employers to help your organisation and your learners achieve. Visit our stand to find out how we can support you and discover more about our on-demand and online assessment options.

Eden Network Development Ltd develops a software suite supporting Quality Improvement, Observation Management, Dashboards, Surveys and Learner Tracking.

Our innovative and cost effective suite of on-line Quality Improvement offer functionality that will enable you to quickly implement powerful tools and processes that can be used by everyone in your organisation including staff, learners, employers and parents.

  • Teaching & Learning Observation Management
  • Performance Dashboard and Management Reporting Tool
  • Learner Tracking and Monitoring
  • Surveys & Stakeholder Feedback

Daydream Education is thrilled to be at the Skills Conference promoting its brand-new range of Maths and English learning resources, including its fantastic new Functional Skills Pocket Poster Revision Guides.

Designed to engage students, Pocket Posters simplify complex topics to improve students’ understanding and boost their confidence. The books reduce the ‘fear factor’ and are the perfect alternative to the larger text-heavy revision guides.

Complete with free digital books, which include over 1000 assessment questions, Pocket Posters provide students with a comprehensive independent learning, revision and study solution.

Learning Curve Group specialises in education and training that supports the needs of three client groups; FE providers, employers and learners. Our combination of expertise and experience has created a sought-after model of success and a reputation for pioneering learning. For over a decade we have either directly delivered or provided services which support apprenticeships, diploma’s, literacy and numeracy qualifications and vocational certificate programmes which meet the needs of employers and individuals alike.

Our accredited programmes are designed to complement employers’ existing in-house training provision and improve each learner’s knowledge and skills by assessing their core competencies against national standards.

We are directly funded by the Education Skills Funding Agency and Education Funding Agency, and are also the largest sub-contractor partner to FE Colleges of our type, meaning we help deliver over £20m of skills funding per year. Coupled with our extensive portfolio of services that support FE providers to reach their targets allows us to help over 100,000 learners a year achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

AIM Awards is a national and international Awarding Organisation. We offer a large number of regulated qualifications at different levels and in a wide range of subject areas, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and End Point Assessments.

OCR is a leading not-for-profit UK awarding body, committed to providing general and vocational qualifications that inspire, engage and equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to progress to further studies, apprenticeships or work.

We have created new Functional Skills English and maths qualifications at Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 for first teaching in September 2019.  Check out the draft Sample Assessment Materials now.

All our qualifications are developed in close consultation with teachers, industry leaders and government to ensure they are relevant for learners today and meet requirements set by Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

Teachers are supported with high quality teaching and learning resources tailored to the needs of their subject plus assessment preparation and analysis services.  We also offer extensive professional training as well as teacher networks that provide the opportunity to share ideas with peers.


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