A word from NCFE CEO, David Gallagher

We can all recognise that 2019 has been far from dull – with an ever-shifting economy and a seemingly endless political climate of unrest which has resulted in the first pre-Christmas general election for 96 years! For NCFE however, it has been nothing but good news!

In our capacity as a not-for-profit organisation, NCFE has worked tirelessly for the past 170 years to help promote opportunity and social mobility through learning, ensuring that people from all walks of life have the means to achieve their goals. We’re incredibly proud of our history and we’re keen to use our years of experience to help support the sector through this period of change, but we’re also keen to keep expanding our reach into new areas of education so we can continue to make a difference to peoples’ lives and to ensure we have a positive impact on life chances.

In the past year alone, we have worked with over 3,000 organisations, issued almost half a million certificates to learners, provided more than 8,000 learners with the opportunity to progress to higher education, launched 50 new qualifications to market, achieved a 99% pass rate for the 1,100 apprentices who completed End Point Assessment with us and much more. That’s not to mention launching our #FullyFunctional campaign to help change educational outcomes for millions of young learners nationwide, or being selected by the government as the delivery partner for the Digital Business Services, Digital Support Services, Health, Healthcare Science and Science T Levels from 2021.

As we approach the New Year, it seems like the right time to do some horizon scanning and make plans for the future. With so much going on both within our four walls and the education sector at large, it’s undoubtedly an exciting time to be leading NCFE. I’m inspired by our newly realigned core purpose to ‘Promote and Advance Learning’ which will see us constantly reinvest into the development of high quality educational solutions, supported by innovative resources to expand our product portfolio and create a wider range of choice for learners in line with the changing requirements of the economy and society.

As we head towards 2020, we look forward to supporting more people onto the next step of the ladder in their own personal learning journeys and continuing to work closely with all of you, our fantastic customers, who work so hard to support our learners and help them achieve their goals.