North East based NCFE grows after acquiring fellow awarding organisation

Educational charity NCFE, which is headquartered in the region, has this week strengthened its qualifications offer through the acquisition of awarding organisation Active IQ.

The deal, agreed on Tuesday 22nd November, has been designed to combine the strengths of both organisations and offer a broader portfolio of qualifications for the benefit of all customers and learners.

Active IQ, an awarding organisation and apprenticeship end-point assessment organisation (EPAO), focused on qualifications and career pathways in the physical activity and wellness sector, will continue to operate independently with all current colleagues retained, in recognition of their specialist expertise and customer relationships.

NCFE’s priority is to secure the future of the highly respected Active IQ brand, growing the influence of the organisation and ensuring its continued success so that they can positively impact the lives of more learners through education.

David Gallagher, chief executive of NCFE, said: “We’re delighted to add Active IQ to the NCFE portfolio. Both organisations are aligned in vision and purpose – Active IQ, like NCFE, prides itself on exceptional customer service and high-quality, transformational learning experiences that lead to real career outcomes.

“As we embark on this next phase of our evolution with the inclusion of Active IQ, we’ll continue to be centred on making a difference for those who matter most – our beneficiaries. Through our combined portfolio, I believe we can better service a broader range of learners and fulfil current and future skills needs.”

Jenny Patrickson, managing director of Active IQ, said: “I’m delighted and excited that Active IQ has joined the NCFE portfolio. As we approach our 20th year of operation, I believe that this acquisition presents significant opportunities for Active IQ to continue its growth and reach, in its mission to change lives through education and to positively influence the wellbeing of individuals and society.

“Active IQ will continue to operate independently, with our customers at the heart of everything we do, and I’m very much looking forward to this next phase of Active IQ’s journey alongside our new colleagues at NCFE.”