• Updates from YMCA Awards – December 2022

    Next generation qualifications

    Over the past 12 months, we’ve been working on an exciting project to reimagine our qualifications, with the aim of making assessment more relevant to the job roles learners will take on when qualified.
    This doesn’t mean huge changes to content, but we’ve designed our next generation qualifications to reduce the assessment burden on centres and make it more engaging for learners.
    We’re excited to share more information in the new year – sign up to join our online briefing at 12 pm Tuesday 10 January 2023.

    In our last email, we asked customers to share their history with the YMCA, to support our preparation for our big 25th anniversary celebrations.

    We’ve loved reading your stories so far but there is still time get involved. We know that many of our customers have a long history with YMCA Awards and would love to share quotes, stories and testimonials as part of our celebrations.

    Did you study with CYQ before delivering our qualifications?
    Were you involved in our qualification development?
    Has a YMCA Awards qualification created opportunities for your learners?

    In whatever way we’ve impacted the lives of you or your learners we would love to hear from you. Either complete the form below or, if you’d prefer to speak to someone, get in touch using our usual channels.

    Availability over the holiday period

    Our availability will vary from normal over the festive period. The team will be available:

    Monday 19 December 2022 – Wednesday 21 December 2022 9 am – 5 pm
    Thursday 22 December 20229 am – 3 pm
    Friday 23 December 2022 – Monday 2 January 2023Closed
    Tuesday 3 January 202310 am – 5pm

    From Wednesday 4 January 2023, our hours will return to:

    Monday – Thursday9 am – 5 pm
    Friday9 am – 4 pm

    There are no scheduled outages of the XAMS platform during the festive period, but we recommend that you do not try to schedule onscreen or eProctored assessments whilst our team our unavailable.

    If you’d like to run paper-based assessments between Friday 23 December 2021 and Tuesday 3 January 2022, please schedule and print the assessments as soon as possible.

    Papers can be printed from XAMS up to 10 days before the assessment is due to take place. You must ensure that papers are stored securely to maintain their confidentiality.

    From all of us at YMCA Awards, I wish you a Merry Christmas and I look forward to speaking with you in 2023!

    Kind regards

    Simon Titley

    Head of YMCA Awards