The Ofsted Inspection Team visited Skills for Security between 26 and 29 January 2016, bestowing upon the organisation a rating of ‘Good’. Indeed, Skills only marginally missed out on an ‘Outstanding’ rating in all four categories encompassing leadership and management, quality of teaching, personal development and outcomes for learners.
The new ‘Good’ rating is a direct result of the “continuing and tireless work” of the whole Skills for Security team at Kirkham House in Worcester and all of those involved with the Training Centre (more of which anon), apprentices and employers.
Skills for Security is said to be “proud and delighted” with the very positive comments it received, and recognition of how its standards of teaching and learning have risen over the last couple of years.
Highlights in the report include the following comments:
*Staff [at Skills for Security] are motivated and enthusiastic, have high expectations of apprentices and use a wide range of teaching and learning methods that engage apprentices
*Assessors and tutors are well qualified and have up-to-date and relevant experience within the industry
*Apprentices receive specific vocational advice and support
*Apprentices very much enjoy their learning, achieve well and are keen to make good progress
*Staff provide apprentices with good opportunities to expand their vocational skills and knowledge alongside their apprenticeship
Finals of national training awards
Skills for Security has also reached the finals of the Apprenticeships 4 England Training Provider of the Year Awards 2016.
The Apprenticeships 4 England Training Provider Apprenticeships Awards recognise outstanding examples of Best Practice, innovation and excellence in apprenticeship delivery within England, and Skills for Security is “delighted” to have been shortlisted.
Since opening its state-of-the-art Training Centre in Birmingham in September 2014, Skills for Security has seen great success in delivering a range of courses to an ever-greater number of learners and, importantly, is now achieving above the average in terms of national success rates.
The business works in tandem with employers to improve skills in the security industry and develop standards as well as industry-led qualifications.
Skills for Security delivers apprenticeships to meet specific business needs including security systems, the provision of security services, locksmithing and customer services as well as range of short courses.
In 2015, Skills for Security apprentices achieved a 100% pass rate in Level 2 Electronic Principles, a 100% pass rate for Level 2 Working Safely and a 94% pass rate for Level 2 Intruder and Fire.
The winners of the Apprenticeships 4 England Awards will be announced on Thursday 25 February.