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Ofsted rate further education and skills programme as good

Apprentices Published Wednesday, 13th March 2019

Worcestershire County Council's further education and skills programme has been rated good by Ofsted following a formal inspection.

Inspectors commented that 'most learners and apprentices improve their skills and knowledge required for work.'
The Council's further education and skills programme covers Adult Learning, Apprenticeship schemes and 16-18 Learning.
Inspectors from Ofsted visited the service between February 12-15 and the report has been published today (Wednesday).
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities and the Chair of the Governing Body for the service, said: "I'm pleased the inspectors recognised the service overall as being good.

"We're proud of our further education and skills programme and what we offer to adult learners and apprentices. We want to help young people and adults learn new skills which will help them in turn get into work."
Commenting on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in Worcestershire, the report says: "Tutors and assessors are well qualified and experienced. They use their extensive expertise to inspire and support learners and apprentices.
"Adult and study programme learners develop good practical skills and produce work of a high standard."
Under personal development, behaviour and welfare, the report adds: "Most learners and apprentices improve the skills and knowledge required for work.
"An increasing number of adult and study programme learners move on to further training and employment."
The County Council’s 16 to 19 study programmes have been developed in accordance with the council strategy to support young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
The service began to deliver to a very small number of apprentices in February 2018. All apprentices are on standards-based apprenticeships.
The Adult and Community Learning Service targets adults aged 19 or over with skills below level 2 who are unemployed, or who are socially or economically disadvantaged. The service works in relevant partnerships to offer learners programmes to support them to develop skills for the workplace. The service currently offers courses across 66 different locations, including 15 libraries, across Worcester, Redditch, Droitwich, Evesham, Pershore and Rubery.
Inspectors rated the Council's Apprentices scheme as requiring improvement but said 'Current apprentices are making expected progress' and 'Apprentices who are new employees at the council rapidly improve their skills and knowledge of the workplace.'
The report also recommends that leaders and managers should improve adult learners’ attendance on the courses where attendance is too low.