New OFSTED report says Train4TradeSkills Learners Get a Good Deal at ATL
Submitted by: Train2Game
Train4Trade Skills applauds its training provider ATL following the OFSTED report about ATL.
Luton, Beds (OPENPRESS) October 21, 2010 -- In its recent Ofsted inspection, Apprenticeship Training Limited (ATL) has received praise for the quality of its provision and for its care of students. ATL, which is based in Southampton, Guildford and Leeds, is a specialist training provider for plumbers, electricians and gas engineers, as well as providing practical training for Train4TradeSkills.
The inspection by Ofsted looked at the quality of provision, outcomes for learners, leadership and management, equality and diversity and the safety of learners. The report awarded ATL an overall Grade two, the second highest grade possible, and Ofsted reported:
"ATL is a good training company. The success of apprentices is excellent with all learners getting their qualifications in 2008/09. All learners also make excellent progress in developing the key skills of reading, using numbers, communicating and computers.
"The quality of teaching and learning is good. Tutors share their knowledge well, with good use of examples from the building services industry. Apprentices appreciate the high quality of the teaching and learning they experience and enjoy their learning and work. Tutors are particularly effective at linking theory to practical activities and in workshop sessions learners receive excellent teaching and guidance."
In the report Ofsted's inspectors reported that, "ATL's support for apprentices is outstanding and many apprentices significantly improve their literacy and numeracy skills. ATL is very well led by its directors. Leadership is excellent and managers and teaching staff are committed to supporting every learner to achieve their qualification."
Students who were interviewed by the Ofsted inspectors during the inspection week said they liked being treated like adults and being taught by people who work in the industry with the focus on practical skills. Employers added that they liked the regular feedback from ATL regarding learners' progress and the comprehensive service, from initial aptitude testing to the completion of an apprentice's qualifications.
In response to Ofsted's report, ATL's Managing Director, Nick Hayward, says:
"As one of the first providers inspected under the new inspection framework introduced in September 2009, which many believe makes it much harder for providers to get good grades, I am delighted with the findings of Ofsted. Their report recognises the high standards at ATL and will give learners confidence that ATL is an excellent choice as somewhere to learn their trade."
Train4TradeSkills works alongside ATL to provide blended learning Plumbing courses, Electrician courses and Gas Engineer courses to those wanting to take up a new trade. ATL is responsible for the practical side of the Train4TradeSkills courses and help students become qualified Plumbers, Electricians or Gas Engineers.
Notes for editors: The Office for Standards in Education, (Ofsted) regulates and inspects schools, colleges, work-based learning and skills training providers to achieve excellence in education and skills for learners of all ages.
If you would like a full copy of this report, reference number 50434, please contact:
OFSTED, Royal Exchange Buildings, St Ann's Square, Manchester, M2 7LA
For more information about ATL visit http://www.apprenticeshiptraining.co.uk/ and for Train4TradeSkills go to http://train4tradeskills.com .