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Ofsted Watch: Five providers improve to grade ‘good’

It was mostly a week of celebration for FE providers, as five rose to ‘good’ Ofsted ratings. Two of them achieved the feat in their first ever inspection. However, one private provider fell to the ‘inadequate’, and another was brutally criticised in Ofsted’s first early-monitoring visit report on a newcomer to apprenticeships, prompting ministerial intervention. Starting with the ‘good’ news: it was a great start to life as an employer provider for Specsavers Optical Superstores as it was given grade twos across the board in its first visit from the inspectorate. The world’s largest privately owned optical group has a team who provide framework apprenticeships in optical retail, at intermediate level and standards-based apprenticeships in spectacle making at advanced level. It trained over 500 learners last year. Training leaders were praised for working “very closely” with Specsavers store directors to “ensure that apprenticeships meet their technical and customer service skills needs”. Learners develop their work-related skills and improve their chances of gaining employment Inspectors added that apprentices benefit from a “broad range” of very high-quality online learning materials, as well as high-quality off-the-job workshops, which “help apprentices quickly develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that their employers seek”. The other...

Subcontracting changes blamed for West Notts College job cuts

The largest college provider of apprenticeships in 2016/17 will have to cut more than 100 jobs in an effort to make £2.7 million in savings. West Nottinghamshire College is blaming it on changes to subcontracting rules. It had contracts to deliver apprenticeships and traineeships worth £19.8 million last year, but the overwhelming majority of this was subcontracted. The college has now admitted it will be a “significantly smaller apprenticeship-provider going forward”, due to changes in the apprenticeship system brought in last May, including new subcontracting rules. “Budget pressures caused by a reduction in the number of apprentices and on-campus students –which is consistent with the national trend – means we must take decisive and necessary action to ensure we remain on a stable financial footing moving forward,” said Dame Asha Khemka, the college’s principal (pictured above). This would mean “reducing our staffing levels to balance income with expenditure”. “We have already taken a range of measures to reduce our operating costs but, regrettably, job losses will be unavoidable,” she admitted. The college said in a statement that it needed to save around £2.7 million, and was currently consulting on proposals to reduce staff numbers by 100 full-time equivalent posts. According...