This section of the Portico website focuses on work with organisations involved in the development and delivery of learning and qualifications.


Portico’s consultancy services also include work with local education authorities, usually in the context of improving joint planning and working in children’s services across a broad range of agencies.  Please see the consultancy services section of the website for relevant services in that sector.


Awarding Body and EPAO IT and IT Solutions

Portico Consulting has been working with awarding bodies since 2000 and has developed and supported bespoke IT solutions for them since 2001. We are committed to ongoing development of IT solutions and consultancy services for awarding organisations - the Quartz system being our main offering in this market.


Portico is an associate member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and we are actively involved in contributing to national debates and developments which affect information and business processes for awarding organisations.  We have implemented systems and provided services to over 35 awarding organisations giving us unparalleled experience of the IT issues and requirements in this sector.

Recently we have enhanced Quartz to encompass all aspects of managing the EPA process for EPAOs. Quartz includes EPA support for:

  • Registration (with employer references)
  • Fully on-line Gateway recording (for providers and employers)
  • IA contract and CoI management
  • Allocation and scheduling of EPAs/IAs with on-line availability calendars
  • EPA outcome recording, analysis and reporting

Click here to open the Quartz web site – this provides much more information regarding the Quartz system and associated services.