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Young business star inspires havering college apprentices and learners

Inventor and entrepreneur Ruth Amos has motivated and inspired apprentices and work based learners at an awards ceremony staged by Havering College of Further and Higher Education.

The 24-year-old, who created The StairSteady aid to help people with mobility problems use stairs safely, was the guest of honour at the college’s Further Education Awards for high achievers.

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Ruth Amos with Work Based Learner of the year for motor vehicle, Joe Marshall

Ruth – who is listed on Management Today’s 35 women under 35 – was just 16 when she designed the device as part of her GCSE resistant materials project.

She won the prestigious Young Engineer for Great Britain award and is now managing director of a growing company with sales across the UK, to the NHS and with plans for global expansion.

The Sheffield entrepreneur addressed more than 100 award winners at a red carpet event at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch, Greater London, on Monday, September 22nd.

Ruth told those celebrating their success: “You should be really proud that you have managed to get where you are today. Life is really tough and it gets even harder when you go out into the big wide world. We are competing internationally. I am a firm believer that you get out what you put in.”

Havering College Principal Maria Thompson said: “Our Further Education Awards are an opportunity for us as a college to recognise students who have made an outstanding effort and commitment to their academic achievement. The successes and achievements we are celebrating mark only the beginning of exciting journeys for our students.

Among the notable awardees were:
Work Based Learning Student of the Year for Construction - Joe Sayers, 19, from Upminster;
Work Based Learning Student of the Year for Motor Vehicle - Joe Marshall 20, from Dagenham;
Apprentice of the Year for Electrical Installation - Patrick O’Sullivan, 21, of Romford;
Apprentice of the Year for Vehicle Body Repair - Mason Dorman, 21, from Rainham; and
Apprentice of the Year for Plumbing - Harrison Owen, 20, from Westcliff-On-Sea.

Havering LogoKathy Canham (tel: 01708 462702)
Havering College of Further and Higher Education,
Ardleigh Green Campus, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, Essex RM11 2LL.
Please note: Havering College of Further and Higher Education is also known as Havering College. It is NOT the same organisation as Havering Sixth Form College


LWBLA supports Free2Learn and JCP in attending the 2014 Commonwealth Games

29th September 2014 JCP & Free2Learn

We are pleased to report on an exciting example of positive partnership work, which was made possible as a result of the networking opportunities available via the LWBLA sub regional network meetings. JCP Woolwich met Free2Learn at a South London Network meeting and worked together to run a Traineeship Programme for the Commonwealth Games.

Trainees bound for Glasgow

Ten of those young people on the Traineeship Programme were taken in a minibus from Woolwich JCP to Glasgow for the games. ‘This wouldn’t have happened without the LWBLA’ said Tristan Cropley, Borough Partnership Manager for JCP Woolwich.

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Prevista celebrating inspection success

18th September 2014. Prevista

"Congratulations on re-inspection, takes a big effort to achieve a 2 so very well done to Prevista."
Victor Farlie, Executive Chair LWBLA

Following a full Ofsted re-inspection in August 2014 Prevista has achieved a Grade 2 (GOOD) grade for delivery and provision of Apprenticeships and Work Based Learning qualifications funded by the Skills Funding Agency. The company has been awarded Grade 2 ratings across all principal criteria including Outcomes for Learners; Quality of teaching, learning & assessment; Effectiveness of Leadership & Management.

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Celebrating inspection success at City Gateway

14th August 2014. City gateway

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Achieving a Grade 1 in all areas of an Ofsted inspection including leadership & management is phenomenal. City Gateway should be very proud - no other provider in London has done that. They set the benchmark in 2014 just as Hawk Training did in 2013. It’s a classic case of what an independent training provider can achieve with passion and purpose. Well done to Eddie Stride, Joe Lowther, and all colleagues.
Victor Farlie, Executive Chair LWBLA

Joe LowtherLWBLA Board member, Joe Lowther, Vice Chair London East Network on the recent Grade One Inspection by Ofsted on City Gateway:

‘We’re so delighted with our Outstanding Grade One in all areas at Ofsted inspection; really pleased that this external grade validates the hard work and alternative provision which we provide to challenging young people in East London. Having worked with NEET, or at risk of NEET, young people across the last 15 years the key driver for City Gateway is to see how young people engage, train and progress into work or further education.’

‘We see ourselves as a critical bridge for 14-19 year olds and we were really pleased with the response from our learners, our partners, and our staff to the challenge of Ofsted’.

‘One of the inspectors said ‘we are an organisation which oozes its Christian ethos in wanting to engage and include young people and be ambitious for their outcomes.’

‘We are so grateful for the support, analysis, and knowledge base that the London Work Based Learning Alliance has provided to City Gateway. This has been hugely helpful for shaping and targeting our provision in a changing climate’.

We believe this is a victory for the work based learning community in London.

City gateway Logo The Ofsted report is available to view here. For any queries, please contact James Copeland on 07843 048084 or

Ofsted gave eTraining an Overall Grade 2, with Outcomes for Learners Grade 1.

14 August 2014. eTraining

eTraining confirm from the August 2014 Inspection:

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Skills Training UK awarded a Grade 2, Good, in very positive OFSTED inspection report

11 August 2014. Skills Training UK.

Skills Training UK is rated as ‘Good’ for Overall effectiveness by Ofsted in a Further Education and Skills inspection report (published 9th April 2014) which has assessed outcomes for learners, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and the effectiveness of leadership and management, all of which are graded Good. Skills Training UK was assessed at short notice by Ofsted inspectors between 4th and 7th March, with a focus on the apprenticeship programmes.

The attainment of Business Improvement Technique apprentices, Ofsted reports, is ‘significantly above national rates’, with those aged over 25 ‘substantially exceeding national success rates’. Apprentices following the business improvement techniques programme are ‘highly motivated, demonstrate strong skills development and much improved employability. The impact of their learning on business efficiency and profitability is high and frequently financially quantifiable.’

Skills Training UK’s Positive Directions programme for 16-18s, which provides access to apprenticeships for young people through building skills and confidence, ‘has improved dramatically and is now excellent.’

On the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, Ofsted reports ‘Learners are motivated well by enthusiastic trainer-assessors (trainers).’ It says ‘They use their industry experience and subject knowledge well to develop learners’ knowledge and enrich learning opportunities’. Trainers, Ofsted reports, ‘have the required experience and skills needed to carry out their roles, and learners value the depth of their expertise.’

Teaching in maths and English is commended: ‘Learners’ mathematics skills are developed well, for example through exercises in data retrieval, analysis and presentation. Written and spoken English skills are developed appropriately and learners recognise the importance of improving their communication skills when working with customers’.

In one apprentices’ session, which was observed by inspectors, learners on the business improvement techniques apprenticeship programme were challenged to look at the profitability and efficiency in their employer’s manufacturing process. The exercise is described as ‘very effective’ and Ofsted reports ‘Employers value this level and type of training’.

Leadership and management, Ofsted reports, ‘are strong and focused’ and ‘senior managers have prioritised the development and application of an effective quality improvement process’. Self- assessment by the management ‘is a very thorough, comprehensive and highly evaluative process, the outcomes of which are summarised clearly in a concise self-assessment report (SAR)’. Customer feedback, Ofsted reports, is incorporated well, with ‘views of learners and employers ... used regularly and constructively’.

Martin Dunford OBE, Chief Executive of Skills Training UK, said: “This report is testament to the expertise, hard work and commitment of all staff in our business and the effectiveness of the systems and processes we have developed and put in place to support the growth in scale and range of our provision. We shall always strive to improve in all that we do.”

Two of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and three additional inspectors carried out the short notice inspection from 4th - 7th March 2014. Learner and employer interviews, telephone calls and online questionnaires were used by the inspectors to observe and review all of Skills Training UK’s provision, with a focus on the apprenticeship programmes. Data on learners’ achievements over the last three years as well as Skills Training UK’s self-assessment report and development plans were also considered during the inspection.

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City Gateway 14-19 Provision in Canary Wharf receives Outstanding Ofsted Report.

28th July 2014. City Gateway.

City Gateway 14-19 Provision, based on Mastmaker Road in Canary Wharf, was inspected in early May 2014 by Ofsted, in its first inspection since opening in September 2012.

Opened by local charity City Gateway, the provision is the only one of its kind in the United Kingdom, providing an alternative education environment for disengaged and disadvantaged young people aged 14-19 in which to thrive.

The majority of young people enrolled are previously NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) or at risk of being so, maths, English and ICT functional skills are an integral part of training, as well as employment readiness and social support. Based around a vocational curriculum,

City Gateway 14-19 equips young people for the world of work or further education.

City Gateway engages hundreds of corporate volunteers from the City and Canary Wharf, utilising the wealth of professional skills nearby to have a positive impact on young people drawn from some of the most deprived wards in the UK. Volunteers teach employability skills through business games, team building, interview techniques and insight tours of City offices.

Ofsted highlighted this approach, commenting:

“Staff at City Gateway 14-19 Provision ensure that exceptional work placements, and employers’ participation in the delivery of programmes, raise the aspirations of young people and provide them with the skills to secure outstanding apprenticeships and employment… The level of aspiration and ambition for their learners pervades all aspects of their work.

“Staff provide exceptional support to learners that helps them participate, and remain, in education. Staff identify each learner’s barriers to education exceptionally well and creatively develop effective strategies to overcome these difficulties.

"Outstanding teaching, learning and assessment motivate and enthuse learners in lessons, ensuring learners behave well, enjoy learning and make rapid progress.”

In the school’s first year, 479 learners attended City Gateway 14-19 Provision. In Key Stage Four 96% progressed to further education, employment or training (EET), which is higher than many mainstream schools. At 16-19, 80% achieved a full Level 2 qualification. Overall, 84% of learners successfully completing City Gateway programmes progressed into Apprenticeships, further education or other employment.

Learners aged 14-16 are referred to the school by their school or local authority for statutory alternative provision, while 16-19 learners enrol themselves, many after a period of educational disengagement or just after dropping out of college.

City Gateway, whose Apprenticeship programme was also graded Outstanding by Ofsted when inspected in 2010, was chosen by the London Evening Standard in September 2012 as lead partner to deliver the Ladder for London campaign where over 1,400 Apprenticeships were pledged by over 500 companies. Executive Headteacher and City Gateway CEO Eddie Stride said:

“We are delighted at being judged ‘Outstanding’, and it is not just testament to the hard work of staff and Governors, but more importantly to the dedication and hard work of our learners who want to achieve, some for the first time, and successfully progress in life.

“City Gateway 14-19 Provision works to bring hope to some of the most disengaged young people in East London and beyond, but just because they are disengaged doesn’t mean they don’t have aspirations. We’re here to help raise aspirations and then help our young people realise them, and progress through an alternative education and into employment.

“There is still so much more to do to ensure more young people who are not in education, employment or training, have the chance to succeed. This is just the start.”

City gateway Logo The Ofsted report is available to view here. For any queries, please contact James Copeland on 07843 048084 or

Audit and Review of Employer Engagement Procedures for Health and Safety.

16th July 2014. DTD Training

Since the new guidance for education and WBL providers was advised by the HSE and Government last year there have been many providers who have made changes to their health and safety vetting paperwork and supporting systems. There are however a large number of providers who have not responded to the advice and indeed quite a few who have not made any change or update for several years. DTD Training have worked extensively with providers, networks organisations such as the AELP and the HSE directly to ensure the correct flow and understanding of information. Whether you have an up to date system or are concerned that your system is not fit for purpose, our consultancy service will assist you on many levels.

Priced at £799.00 plus VAT it allows for an efficient and thorough review of your systems and procedures. Without the need to incur travel and attendance costs at your premises we will send you a questionnaire and a request for key information by email. Our detailed review, report and guidance will then ensure that you are completely aware of the shortfalls, as well as the merit, in your provision. We will clearly outline the requirement to move forward, and the means by which to do it.

DTD Training Ltd. has an unrivalled position as a consultancy in the sector. We have advised and directed businesses across the UK on the standards required. You are guaranteed of support that draws on the most up to date position you are required to reflect in your business activities with regard to health and safety and employer engagement.

DTD logoView Leaflet. If you wish to take advantage of this offer or discuss other levels of support for your business please contact DTD Training Ltd initially on 07790534233 or


Capital Training Group transforms its OFSTED rating from Inadequate to Good

10th July 2014. Capital Training Group

Wimbledon-based Apprenticeship and work based learning provider Capital Training Group under its parent company Capital Engineering Group Holdings Ltd (CTG) has been officially recognised as GOOD in its May 2014 Ofsted inspection. The company has transformed its Ofsted rating from ‘Inadequate’ (Grade 4) to ‘Good’ (Grade 2) in just over two years.

This remarkable achievement is the culmination of two years’ effort by the three person management team led by Shirley Woodcock Business Development Manager supported by Robyn Harley MIS Manager and Matt Rogers Planning and Performance Manager, to improve training delivery with the support of providers in the consortium

CTG was judged “Good” in all four categories including overall effectiveness; outcomes for learners; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; leadership and management.

Shirley Woodcock says, “This result is testament to the hard work of our small team at CTG and the commitment of our delivery partners in the consortium in supporting our goal of achieving a step change in our Ofsted rating in such a relatively short time. When I joined the company it had just been graded ‘Inadequate’ (October 2011) so we immediately put plans in place to, improve the standard of teaching, learning and assessment, build our management team and motivate and reward our delivery partners. In December 2012 Ofsted rated us a Grade 3 so we knew we were moving in the right direction but still had a lot of work to do.

“This ‘Good’ result is also a real boost for our learners and the employers we work with. We were delighted that Ofsted was very positive about the efforts we make to secure good work placements for our learners which lead to full-time employment or to Further Education courses.

“The inspectors looked at three subject areas in our Apprenticeship provision - Construction, ICT and Business Administration. We were encouraged by their feedback particularly as they noted achievement rates of our business administration apprentices were considerably higher than the national rates last year. CTG has recently been approached by organisations to share best practice – a real vote of confidence in our company and its way of working. We have now set ourselves the target of being Outstanding in our next inspection and we believe we have the right foundations in place to achieve that.”

The ‘Good’ Ofsted result tops a highly successful 12 months period for Capital Training Group. The private training provider has increased its provision and is projecting a 25% increase year-on-year in its Government contracts over the next three years. CTG is now a preferred training provider of the London Borough of Merton and was voted winner of the Best Service Excellence Award in the Merton Business Awards 2013.

Most recently securing a successful tender commissioned and funded by the Foundation and being managed by AELP . The programme provides professional development support that will improve the quality and capacity of provider staff to deliver effective Apprenticeship programmes, through the production of resources that can be disseminated across the breadth of the vocational education and training sector to facilitate continuous improvement

Capital Training Group LogoCapital Training Group is a private training company based in Wimbledon and Wales delivering funded training on behalf of the SFA, a division of BIS and the DWP. For more information visit the Website

Functional Skills or GCSE? How about an eLearning solution for both?

10th July 2014. By bksb

With the future of English and maths qualifications in England under a cloud of uncertainty, and with pressure from every angle to make positive changes within the education system, organisations must respond strategically to changes, not only quickly, but effectively.

Criteria and curriculum changes are no longer just an issue for English and maths specialists. Ofsted expect to see these core subjects effectively embedded into policies and practices across organisations – which will impact on all staff. Meeting these new policies will mean that all organisations, including training providers, colleges, and schools, will have to respond in a similar way to ensure that all targets and delivery strategies are met.

At bksb, we follow and consistently adapt to proposed changes in education. As a result, we have developed a range of GCSE products to continue to assist organisations with effective delivery, and allow flexibility – whatever changes occur in education. Our range of GCSE products are offered free to customers who hold an active licence for our Functional Skills products*, and are designed to work alongside our outstanding Functional Skills solutions. This ensures that every step of the learning process is covered; enabling organisations to concentrate on each individual learner, and allow flexibility for both pathways – meeting and evidencing achievement for Ofsted inspection. The GCSE Diagnostic helps organisations to assess students’ skill gaps, and highlights areas of strength and weakness. The GCSE Screener determines which course is most suitable, and signposts the learner to the appropriate assessments, diagnostic, or resources. The GCSE Learning Resources give the learner access to the relevant resources to enable them to fill in skill gaps, and guarantees that your organisation supports both its students and staff in a culture of continuous improvement and high achievement.

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