Ofsted praise for training provider

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An engineering training provider with a large site in Nelson is celebrating after receiving a glowing report from Ofsted inspectors.

The report highlighted that Training 2000 received outstanding grades for the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in three out of six judged subject areas including engineering and manufacturing technologies and achieved a “good” grade for all other areas.

Leadership and management and safeguarding arrangements were also judged to be outstanding.

Inspectors spent five days at the organisation last month and made their judgment after studying learners’ achievements over the last three years as well as using other methods to gather the views of learners and employers including interviews, lesson observations and online questionnaires.

The lead inspector described staff as “highly experienced and knowledgeable” with courses that are well designed to meet local and national skills shortages.

Chief Executive Steve Gray said: “We are delighted with Ofsted’s findings.

“It’s been a real team effort and gives us a foundation to build upon in our relentless pursuit of excellence.

“We are pleased that the report mentioned our good personal support for learners and high engineering and manufacturing technologies apprenticeship success rates.

“The fact that many apprentices achieve relevant, externally accredited qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh award in addition to their apprenticeship is something that we are also very proud of, and this was highlighted in the feedback.”

The training provider has had over 3,500 learners on programme over the last academic year aged 16+ who are training in subjects including dental nursing, construction, engineering, automotive, military preparation, scaffolding, accounting, business studies and work preparation.