“These providers display a real drive to inspire, challenge, and support young people and adult learners. While their paths to success may vary, they have each made an important contribution to addressing the critical issue of developing skills for employment, while also helping employers to compete in a tough economic environment.”

Christine Gilbert, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector

Ofsted publish the ‘Twelve outstanding providers of work-based learning’ report, showcasing twelve outstanding work-based learning providers that excel at providing apprenticeships, NVQs and other vocational qualifications for young people and adults.

The report was launched by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert at the Association of Learning Providers’ annual conference. She highlighted how the best training providers in areas such as manufacturing, retail, hospitality and IT, are meeting the skills needs of both learners and employers, while reflecting on Ofsted’s role in identifying and sharing examples of excellent performance to help support improvement.

While some of the providers featured may already have reputations as national centres of excellence, others have a lower profile. The success for all of them, however, has been built on ensuring the technical skills and industry experience of staff is constantly updated. Good relationships with business, intimate knowledge of industry sectors, and the training programmes matched to the needs and demands of employers were central components of these providers’ success”.

The twelve outstanding work-based learning providers are:

Aspire Training Team, British Gas Energy Academy, Andrew Collinge Training, Davidson Training UK, Gateshead College, Hospitality Training Partnership, Intraining, Skillnet, Training Services 2000, Warwickshire College, Zenos and 5E.

The new Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, John Hayes from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) has since congratulated 5 E Ltd. on this successful achievement – the PDF of the letter can be downloaded HERE

The Ofsted report for these twelve outstanding providers can be downloaded HERE

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