Pretty much everyone has heard of OFSTED but did you know that they also inspect training providers?
In this blog we take a closer look at the role they play in apprenticeships.
OFSTED is the Office for Standards of Education, children’s services and skills. They are non-ministerial government department who report directly to parliament and are responsible for inspecting services that provide education and skills for learners of all ages.
In other words, they make sure education is doing what is should and report back to the government so they can decide if any changes need to be made.
It is important that training providers are Ofsted inspected to make sure they are following all the correct procedures and making sure that the learners are receiving the best training they can to progress in life.
The inspectors can spend up to a few days observing training sessions, speaking to apprentices and employers and review policies and procedures within the training provider to gather evidence to help them to make their judgements. They then go away and review the evidence and produce a report with 30 days on their judgements.
There are four grades Outstanding, Good, Satisfactory and inadequate. This then provides the potential parents of apprentices with a snapshot of the training providers and its performance overall along with its performance in particular areas.
KEITS currently have a grading of Good. Ofsted reports can be found https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/