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Awarding Organisation

About Us

Find out more about Skillsfirst and our team

About Skillsfirst

Skillsfirst is a regulated Awarding Organisation and approved End-point Assessment Organisation.

We design and develop qualifications and assessments which inspire people to fulfil their personal goals and drive their careers forward.

Our passionate and talented team have an in-depth understanding of the world of work-based learning. We use this knowledge every day to deliver simple, seamless service with the learner at its heart.

We are exceptionally proud to say that more than 450k people have achieved a Skillsfirst qualification since our launch in 2010. 

If you are interested in working in partnership to deliver or embed qualifications or apprenticeships in your business, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our Team

All Teams
Business Development
Customer Service
End-point Assessment
Product Development

Our Values

Communication First

We listen, respond and deliver


Service First

We are all about you


Collaboration First

Together, we can make a difference


Quality First

Collectively, we strive to be the best

Our History

We have come a long way from when we were first established back in 2009.  See our timeline below for further information 


Level 2 Certificate in LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace qualification launch

Guest speakers Andy Street CBE, Mayor of the West Midlands and Caroline Paige, the First Openly Transgender Officer in the British Armed Forces, supported Skillsfirst Awards in the launch of the first qualification of its kind in the UK our Level 2 Certificate in LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace (RQF).

The qualification was developed to encourage inclusivity and promote positive interaction with people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or trans (LGBT) in the workplace

February 2020

Skillsfirst 10th Birthday

We celebrated our 10th Birthday with a rooftop garden party. The event was attended by customers, partners and suppliers, a great day was had by all!

August 2019

Reformed Functional Skills

Skillsfirst Awards Reformed Functional Skills English and maths Levels 1 and 2 available following a successful technical evaluation by Ofqual

June & July 2019

Continued Growth

Ofqual statistics show Skillsfirst is the 25th largest Awarding Organisation for 2017/18 in terms of certificates issued, an improvement of nine places on the previous year

December 2018

EPA Success

Skillsfirst Assess complete their first EPAs with apprentices from Key Training

September 2018

Skillsfirst Goes International

In partnership with DHL, learners in 120 countries work towards a Skillsfirst qualification

July 2018

End-point Assessment Organisation

Skillsfirst Assess, our End-point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), is approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

February 2017

Office Move

The team continues to grow so we move up in the world (from Suite 215 to Suite 416 in Fort Dunlop)!

September 2016

External Recognition

Skillsfirst Awards win the Progress to Excellence Partner of the Year Award

February 2014

New Partners

Skillsfirst enters into partnerships with The IMI, VTCT, Active IQ and BIIAB for delivery of Functional Skills

March 2013

Office Move

The team is growing and we need more space!

May 2011

Official Launch of Skillsfirst Awards

Lord Digby Jones KT is the guest speaker at our launch event, sailing down the thames in London

July 2010

Functional Skills Accreditation

Skillsfirst Awards is accredited to offer English, Maths and ICT Functional Skills at levels 1 & 2

April 2010

Ofqual Recognition

Skillsfirst achieves QCF accreditation with Ofqual

October 2009

Ofqual Recognition

Skillsfirst achieves NVQ accreditation with Ofqual

August 2009

Office Move

Our small team moves into Fort Dunlop

January 2009

The Beginning

Skillsfirst Awards Ltd registered by Myra Wall, Managing Director

Early 2009