Partnership organisations

The Strategic Development Network (SDN)

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The Strategic Development Network brings together leading experts from the education and skills sector to provide training, consultancy and innovation to their clients across the sector. Working with government departments, national membership bodies, employers and training providers, they are at the forefront of development in the sector – and even provide their own training courses and resources.

We’re proud to have partnered with SDN to give our candidates easy access to their resources, and to support the recruitment, development and retention of the end-point assessors the sector desperately needs.

Find out more about the Strategic Development Network on their website

The Assessors Guild

The Assessors Guild are the Professional Membership Body for Assessors, established by The Federation of Industry Sector Skills and Standards (FISSS), a charitable organisation. They represent and support a growing professional family of assessors from all disciplines with the sole mission of achieving consistency and exceptional quality in the area of assessment and quality assurance.

The Assessors Guild offer a range of individual and corporate memberships that are suitable for a diverse range of people working in and across assessment.  They are advocates for technical, vocational, end-point, academic assessors and quality assurers, offering a comprehensive support network for their members. Our partnership means our candidates and clients can claim a discount on membership – to find out more, contact the Skills & Training team via or 0115 911 2012.

Find out more about the Assessors Guild on their website



Crown Commercial Service (CCS)

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The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is a government organisation that brings together policy, advice and direct buying; providing commercial services to the public sector and saving money for the taxpayer. Their aim is to:

  • make savings for customers in both central government and the wider public sector
  • achieve maximum value from every commercial relationship
  • improve the quality of service delivery for common goods and services across government

They work with over 17,000 customer organisations in the public sector and more than 5,000 suppliers.

We’re proud to have been approved as an official Crown Commerical Service supplier.

Find out more about CCS on their website

Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO)


ESPO is a customer-focused, public sector owned professional buying organisation. Used by education, local government, charities and the wider public sector, they are committed to getting the most for their customers by pursuing best practice in procurement, sourcing, supply chain partner support and management, contract management and EU compliance.

Established in 1981, ESPO has the purchasing power to achieve savings to pass on to customers. ESPO is jointly owned by its six member authorities: Leicestershire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Norfolk County Council, Warwickshire County Council, and Peterborough City Council.

We’re proud to be listed as an ESPO supplier – we feel this confirms our place in the market as a trusted and competitive supplier to education and the public sector.

Find out more about ESPO on their website

Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC)

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CPC are a purchasing consortium, owned and run by the FE sector, who provide their members with specialist advice on best spending practices and how to obtain best value for money.

Their main purpose is to produce EU-tendered purchasing frameworks. CPC frameworks cover a wide variety of products and services, and their aim is to continue to develop this portfolio in line with members’ needs.

We’re proud to have been a registered supplier with CPC for many years, showing our recognition in the FE sector as a trusted and competitive supplier.

Find out more about the CPC on their website

Collab Group

Collab Group is a forward thinking membership organisation which represents leading UK Colleges and College Groups.

Collab Group colleges, in collaboration with others, are transforming the UK economy through the delivery of high-quality technical and professional education.

We’re proud to have been chosen to be a partner supplier with Collab Group!

Find out more about Collab Group on their website


Armed Forces Covenant – Bronze Award (Employer Recognition Scheme)

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Bronze Award Protocol

The scheme encompasses awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant is a pledge that we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant on on their website

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