A hard-hitting Ofsted review of apprenticeships has poured scorn on those weak providers and employers offering low-quality apprenticeship programmes.
The report is uncomfortable for those eager to increase the number of apprenticeships when Ofsted believes that the quality of existing apprenticeships is insufficiently rigorous.
The report has identified key findings which include:
While it is hard to argue with most of the survey, in my opinion Ofsted and the government has failed to deal with the poor colleges and providers about which this report rails.
Success rates for apprentices have fallen five per cent in three years. This trend would be a national outrage if it had been repeated in GCSE or A-level results.
Sadly it has gone largely unreported and for those responsible far from being sanctioned they have sometimes been rewarded with even larger pots of funding.
Employers currently or potentially involved with apprenticeships should investigate their college or provider’s success rates over the last three years.
Do the rates go up or down and what does that say about the quality of the provision on offer?
Make informed decisions so that your business isn’t shackled to a poor apprenticeship provider as identified in this latest Ofsted report.
If you would like any further information then please contact me, Matt Garvey on firstname.lastname@example.org