Ofsted rates 82% of providers good or outstanding

With less than 6 months before the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, the latest Ofsted report has shown that 82% of independent training providers now good or outstanding, according to its own rating system. The annual report shows that the independent training providers (ITPs) delivering three-quarters of England’s apprenticeships have once again improved their overall effectiveness.

82% of ITPs are now judged good or outstanding while nearly two-thirds of apprenticeship provision delivered by all types of provider is judged to be of the same quality.


“The picture is looking bright”

The AELP has welcomed the news. Its CEO Mark Dawe said, “There is scope for further improvement in some apprenticeship programmes, but to those who feel that the apprenticeship reforms may be just about achieving the government’s 3 million target, we would say the picture is looking bright.  High quality independent training providers deliver a large majority of apprenticeships and therefore both employers and apprentices will benefit from entrusting their programmes with them.  Today’s Ofsted report is a reminder to businesses and young people to exercise their apprenticeship choices with care.’