Siemens apprenticeship schemes rated ‘outstanding’

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Global engineering and technology giant Siemens has had its apprenticeship programme singled out for praise by Ofsted. The education watchdog was especially impressed with the way that apprentices “excel in their academic studies”, while it credited practical problem-solving scenarios, such as mocking up a factory to test prototypes, for allowing apprentices to demonstrate “exceptional practical skills.”

“Apprentices develop and apply technical mathematics and computing skills extremely well,” the report said.

“They make effective business presentations to critical audiences. The company expects its apprentices to succeed, progress into sustainable employment and become the managers of the future. This reflects the excellent outcomes for apprentices and their progression into promoted posts.”

 

“Apprenticeships are not a second class ticket’

The Siemens scheme was graded ‘outstanding’ overall and in each individual category – effectiveness of leadership, quality of teaching and learning, personal development and welfare, and outcomes for learners.

Toby Peyton-Jones, director of human resources at Siemens, said: “We have been known for some time as a good employer for both graduates and apprentices.

“This Osfted report is a clear signal to young people planning to enter the workforce and their parents, that the apprenticeship route has come of age and is not a second-class ticket.”

Martin Hottass, general manager of Siemens Professional Education UK, said: “We’ve always regarded apprenticeships as an excellent entry route into our business. An apprenticeship is a job, and we have always invested in the best training for our apprentices to prepare them well for their careers within our business.

“It is very reassuring that an independent body such as Ofsted has validated our investment as top class.”