Quality benchmarks

Apprenticeships need to meet the skills needs of employers and apprentices by reflecting the range of occupations and skill levels in our diverse economy.

As a potential apprentice or employer you need to be sure that your training provider is providing good quality training and skills and is independently assessed regularly to ensure the expected standards are maintained.

This Ofsted handbook describes the main activities that inspectors carry out when they inspect further education and skills providers like ourselves in England under part 8 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

It also explains the criteria that will be used to evaluate our performance.

Your expectations

Every apprentice should expect to receive a high-quality experience that prepares them for a successful career and supports their progression to higher level skills. We work hard to ensure that our apprenticeships meet the needs of apprentices to give them the skills employers are looking for.

Further information and guidance can be found on the gov.uk website here:

How to define an apprenticeship

From the Institute for Apprenticeships website:

An apprenticeship is a job with training to industry standards. It should be about entry to a recognised occupation, involve a substantial programme of on and off-the-job training and the apprentice’s occupational competence should be tested by an independent, end point assessment. Apprenticeships are employer-led: employers set the standards, create the demand for apprentices to meet their skills needs, fund the apprenticeship and are responsible for employing and training the apprentice. But the needs of the apprentice are equally important: to achieve competence in a skilled occupation, which is transferable and secures long term earnings potential, greater security and the capability to progress in the workplace.

- Institute for Apprenticeships

Further information an guidance can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships website here: