Ofsted walks the walk on apprentices

Education watchdog and standards setter Ofsted has taking on 31 apprentices in the next few months as part of its drive to improve its customer service team.

The apprentices will pursue Level 2 qualifications in business administration and will be spread across five Ofsted offices.

Successful applications will be the cream of the crop, given that 200 people applied to join the scheme. They will learn skills across a range of roles, from contact centre advisers and administrators to social care policy and management information support workers.


‘Bright and talented’

Matthew Coffey, Ofsted’s chief operating officer, welcomed the new apprentices, saying: “The programme proved to be more popular than we had hoped and the recruitment process was very competitive, so their success in getting to this point shows just how bright and talented they are.”

Mr Coffey added: “We want to provide individuals with a genuine opportunity to improve their lives, by offering them an alternative career path from the traditional university route.

“Following our critical report on apprenticeships last year, this scheme is also an opportunity for Ofsted to demonstrate how valuable, enjoyable and genuinely life-changing a well-planned and robust apprenticeship programme can be.”