About us


VQ Assessment Services was established by Alan Plumb in 2012. Alan has considerable experience in the field of vocational qualifications having, for a number of years been an External Verifier and Chief Verifier for the Justice and Security sectors for one of the leading Awarding Organisations in the UK.

All of our staff are highly experienced learning & Development professionals and a number have worked with VQAS since its establishment. VQAS was initially set up as a limited company but is now fully and independently owned by Alan.

Useful links: www.sfjawards.com

VQAS is driven by a strong belief in the value of well managed Vocational Qualifications.  From long experience, we believe that such programmes can provide an immensely valuable learning opportunity for staff.  This enables them to approach their duties with confidence and professionalism which, in turn, enables them to work more safely and effectively.

VQAS has a considerable history of delivering training and qualifications to staff working in the Community Justice sector and we are committed to ensuring that Learners have a positive learning experience. In excess of 90% of Learners successfully complete their Programmes and achieve their qualifications. When asked for feedback a similar proportion indicate that they have had a “first rate” experience.

We have invested in the development and delivery of effective programmes which are straightforward in their approach and accessible to staff. Delivering face-to-face personal training is not cheap but we believe in minimising our overheads and keeping course fees to a minimum. We see quality training as an investment which is fully repaid in the performance of staff. Don’t just take our word for it the Chartered Management Institute found that “78% of employers agreed that qualifications provide quality assurance for customers and that the benefits outweighed the time, money and effort invested in obtaining them.”


We are committed to the following principles:

  • Openness and transparency in every aspect of our work
  • To uphold the principles of Equality and Diversity in all the work we do
  • In delivering qualifications we strive to do so in an efficient and effective way whilst holding the learning experience of Learners as central

VQAS consultants work as individuals and as part of the VQAS team to uphold these principles.

If you are a qualified Assessor/IQA who is committed to Learning & Development and would like to join the VQAS Team then please contact us.

The following are just examples of the very positive comments which appeared in a report prepared by an SFJ Awards External Quality Assurer following a visit in November 2016:

“VQAS offers a thoroughly flexible response to Employers seeking the development and certification of their staff members. Assessors are well versed in learning expectations and are able to guide and motivate learners through their development journey.” 

“The dedication and commitment of Assessors is abundantly clear …… (and) … Learners enthusiastically and gratefully expressed satisfaction and a sense of achievement in respect of their learning journey and the support provided by Assessors.”