ATHE has taken over the qualifications of CCNQ, a local awarding organisation

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ATHE  has taken over the ongoing delivery and development of 14 qualifications from City College Norwich. The qualifications – originally developed by the college in partnership with employers under the umbrella of City College Norwich Qualifications (CCNQ) – all carry national recognition within the Regulated Qualifications Framework. ATHE working with local Awarding Organisation ATHE has previously worked with various employers to enable on-the-job training to lead to regulated qualifications. These qualifications range from entry to senior management level. The qualifications that have been transferred cover training in sectors including banking, theatre, healthcare and management, with each qualification having been developed to meet the specific training needs of local industry employers.
Norwich Theatre Royal are looking forward to working with ATHE in accrediting the examinations in Acting and Theatre skills. The support of ATHE will enable us to sustain and further develop these nationally recognised qualifications for our students and allow them to progress to higher levels of success. David Lambert, Director at Norwich Theatre Royal.
To date over 600 learners with employers have gained, or are working towards these qualifications and ATHE is keen to ensure that these opportunities remain available. The move does not affect learners currently working towards CCNQ qualifications, who will be supported by ATHE to complete their qualification and any transition arrangements are in place.
Whilst we are sad to lose contact with CCNQ, having built a strong working relationship over 6 years, we are pleased that we can still offer our bespoke qualifications to our staff via ATHE.  ATHE has been professional throughout the transition and we look forward to working and building a lasting partnership with this awarding organisation. Daniel Cocksedge, Training and CCAS Centre Manager at Call Connection.
ATHE is keen to work with employers and their staff to accredit their on the job training.  Drawing on its established track record in the UK and internationally for the development of new qualifications to meet business needs, ATHE is well-placed to ensure a continued high quality service to local employers in Norfolk.
Joseph Jones, CEO of ATHE, commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity for ATHE to increase its activity within the local community. We are delighted to continue City College Norwich’s work in supporting a strong local demand for bespoke qualifications that ensure the skills of local people are nationally recognised.”
Organisations that deliver training to more than 100 people a year can get advice from ATHE on whether their programme could lead to a regulated qualification. See www.athe.co.uk/qualification-development for more information.
Jerry White, Deputy Principal of City College Norwich and Chair of CCNQ, said: “The College’s work as an Awarding Organisation has provided a valuable additional strand to our wide range of employer engagement activities.  In light of changes in government funding, however, we have had to reconsider how this work fits with our core mission to support student success on our further and higher education courses.  We are proud of CCNQ’s achievements in developing innovative qualifications that meet the requirements of the future workforce, and we are pleased that this work is now being taken forward by ATHE.”
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