At the beginning of August 2019, our Apprenticeship Division had their first monitoring inspection from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted), who are responsible for carrying out inspections of all education providers.
After 2 days of inspection from 3 inspectors, visiting our employers and learners, observing sessions and reviewing our data, processes and procedures, Ofsted graded us as making reasonable progress across all areas.
‘Trainers work closely with supervisors and mentors to ensure that apprentices benefit from participating in workplace projects. As a result, apprentices confidently apply their new learning and knowledge.’ – Ofsted
Our Apprenticeship Division currently has 102 Apprentices registered, two-thirds of these are working towards qualifications in Business Improvement, Customer Service and Team Leading at level 2. The remaining learners are working towards Management and Leadership qualifications at levels 3 and 5.
‘The board of directors and senior leaders have established a strong vision and set high expectations for the apprenticeship programmes.’ – Ofsted
Melissa Hope, Head of Funding and Apprenticeships, said: “We’re thrilled at the outcome of the report, the inspector was very complimentary of the work we do, and we couldn’t be prouder as this is a passion for the team. We know the impact our training can have, not just on business performance, or employee skills, but also on learners’ lives. As a new provider of direct apprenticeship funding, we are proud of the feedback and look forward to seeing what the outcomes of our continuous improvement strategy bring over the next 18 months.”