Ofsted awards RAF apprenticeship scheme top marks

Ofsted has rated the RAF Apprenticeship Scheme as ‘Outstanding,’ making it one of the highest performing apprenticeship providers in the country.

During December there was a rigorous inspection looking into the teaching standards and the experiences of recruits at RAF training schools and operational units.

In making their finding the inspectors examined the programme’s overall effectiveness, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, its leadership and management, and the outcomes experienced by learners.

It’s not the first time the RAF has received national recognition for the quality of its training programme, which is a major supplier of skilled workers for the UK economy.

Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Turner, the Air Officer Commanding No 22 (Training) Group, which is responsible for RAF recruiting and providing trained specialist personnel to all 3 services, welcomed Ofsted’s findings.

Aircraftman Tryer training at RAF Cosford said:  “The RAF is delighted to be recognised by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ in delivering apprenticeships across Britain. The RAF selects the very best people from diverse backgrounds and develops them, through the RAF Apprenticeship scheme, into highly effective and skilled airmen and airwomen. I am incredibly proud of our RAF Apprentices who, once trained, go on to meet front line commitments delivering success on Operations and I am equally proud of those who have delivered such outstanding training and care.”