Ofsted Report

OFSTED is the inspection body for schools, colleges and universities in the UK. Our most recent overall rating was “Good”.

From Study Programmes for 16-18 year-olds, to Pre-apprenticeships and Apprenticeships – The Education and Training units of Central YMCA champion and deliver best-in-class vocational learning in its centres and delivery locations across the UK.

Ofsted officials visited our training centres in December 2023 to evaluate our various provisions, including our Education, Apprenticeship programmes and Adult programmes delivered through YMCAfit. Considering the complexity of our provision, an Ofsted rating of Good is an excellent achievement!

Some highlights from the report include:  

Young learners, many of whom face significant challenges in their lives, feel extremely well supported by staff.
A high proportion of apprentices and learners move into employment or further education when they complete their studies.
Tutors use assessment effectively to help apprentices and learners thoroughly understand what they are taught.
Leaders and managers make sure that apprentices and learners with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) receive effective support.
Apprentices receive good support from their tutors, who are experts in their subjects.
Adult learners benefit from a well-planned curriculum. This enables them to practise and develop the practical skills they need to achieve and gain employment in their chosen sector.
Apprentices and learners of all ages enjoy their courses.
Apprentices and learners feel safe. They know who to speak to if they have a concern for their own or others’ welfare. They are confident that if they raise any concerns, staff would treat these seriously.

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