Further improvement in inspection results for training providers welcomed by AELP

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers has welcomed the recognition in the Chief Inspector’s Annual Report of continued improvement in the delivery of skills programmes by independent training providers (ITPs).

According to the report, almost two in three of inspected apprenticeship training providers were rated good or outstanding and 65% of ITPs overall in 2013-14 achieved Ofsted grades 1 or 2.  Ofsted has reported continued improvement in teaching and learning.  Independent providers offering 16 to 19 study programmes were also found to be developing employability skills well.

Ofsted reports that 88% of ITPs are now good or outstanding based on their most recent inspection.

AELP believes that the encouraging upward trend in improved standards has been maintained during the autumn of this year.  On the basis of inspection reports published since the beginning of July, we estimate that 4 more ITPs have been judged outstanding and 22 as good.

Responding to specific points made in the Ofsted report, AELP notes the Chief Inspector’s comments about needing to do more to enhance learners’ chances of future sustained employment, but it points out that the vast majority apprenticeships provide exactly that and that the new traineeships programme is offering another credible route into work for many young people who are not yet ready to start an apprenticeship.