Updated: Feb 24
"Recognition by Ofqual is a mark of quality - it shows that you are able to meet our rules, and that you are able to combine expertise in assessment with effective operational delivery." - Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, Ofqual
We are pleased to announce that the Office of Examinations and Qualifications Regulation - better known as Ofqual - has officially confirmed that DSW is a regulated awarding organisation.
The Apprenticeship assessment arm of the business was accepted onto the Register of Awarding Bodies at the beginning of the month, to assess the Customer Service Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard.
DSW will join a list of only 150 organisations who ensure qualifications meet Ofqual's expected standards.
Ofqual is responsible for the maintenance of all qualifications in England including GCSE and A-Levels, as well as Apprenticeship and technical training.
DSW has been working with the accountable body to ensure its End Point Assessment provision meets the Government watchdog's exacting standards.
The End Point Assessment Organisation's (EPAO) acceptance as a regulated awarding organisation is an impressive milestone, as it was not previously an Apprenticeship Training Provider or Awarding Body prior to starting the journey to become and EPAO 3 years ago.
Sally Collier - Ofqual's Chief Regulator - confirmed that acceptance on to the Register of Awarding Bodies is an endorsement of DSW's quality approach to End Point Assessment via her welcome letter to the organisation. She said: "Recognition by Ofqual is a mark of quality - it shows that you are able to meet our rules, and that you are able to combine expertise in assessment with effective operational delivery.
"In turn, this provides assurance that the learners who have taken your regulated qualifications have the required level of knowledge and skills in the relevant subject area."
DSW will apply to the ESFA for permission to assess the Customer Service Practitioner Standard in the new year. It expects to be able to offer this Standard from July next year onwards.