Ofsted inspects services that provide education and skills for learners of all ages. They also inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people.
The main role of Ofsted is to make sure the organisations that provide education, training and care services do so to a high standard for children and students.
Ofsted also accredits apprenticeship training providers. An apprenticeship is a programme that trains a worker in a particular skill or trade such as joinery, roofing, plumbing etc.
Apprenticeships are programmes that look at an apprentice’s occupational competence. As a result, it should be tested by an independent end-point assessment.
These programmes are employer-led and have a key role in the UK governments strategy to rebalance the nation’s economy and to develop the skills of a workforce.
The goal of the government is that all young people that do not choose traditional academic training will have the opportunity to engage in one of these programmes if in a work sector that benefits from such.
Schools, providers and employers can make sure young people are well matched to their vocational area of future employment.
With the providers Ofsted visit, young people who take on these vocational training programmes are making excellent progress with the framework provided by the apprenticeship than those that start in work straight from school without access to such.
Ofsted carries out inspections in the form of regulatory visits throughout England and the results are published online. Ofsted reports directly to parliament and independent. The responsibilities of Ofsted are:
What are the OFSTED Priorities?
Priorities include ensuring all work done by Ofsted is based on actual evidence, the evaluation tools and frameworks that are used are valid, fair and reliable.
The aim is to reduce the burden of inspections upon schools, work providers and other establishments and to make the findings of inspections and the standards and expectations of Ofsted are clear.
Although safeguarding is typically thought of in terms of schools, Ofsted inspectors have the responsibility of safeguarding learners of all ages.
There is still a statutory duty and legislation that applies to vulnerable adults as well as those under 18’s.
Ofsted will therefore inspect to make sure that the people teaching these apprenticeship programmes are complying.
An Ofsted inspector will visit an apprenticeship programme within the first 24 months of drawing the first batch of funding, this visit is called NPMV, a new provider monitoring visit. This ensures that the training provider is adequately providing everything required under the rules of the apprenticeship.
The inspector will talk to apprentices on the programme, the employer and the tutors to see first-hand how the trainees may be being benefitted by the programme and find out some of the shortcomings of the apprenticeships whilst in practice.
What are the Apprentice Requirements?
Ofsted will also make sure that the programme is a quality apprenticeship, an apprenticeship has a very strict set of requirements:
- An agreed partnership
- An employer with the capability of employing the apprentice on completion of course.
- An apprentice who motivated to complete the course.
- A registered training provider, college or university accredited sufficiently by Ofsted.
- An initial assessment of the apprentices prior learning and the job role in comparison to the standard.
- An apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement between the employer, apprentice and provider
- The occupational standard.
- Entry into recognised occupations that can then be transferred to relevant employers in the future.
- A written standard that is approved by the institute.
- The job
- Employment in a job that has contractually acceptable terms and conditions.
- The job role, a full occupational profile on the knowledge, skills and behaviour required within that field of work.
- The training programme
- Effective on and off the job training methods.
- A supportive and motivating workplace and employer.
- Extended on the job off the job training to develop the knowledge and skills required as well as gives transferable skills.
- Endpoint assessment and certificate
- Achievement in the appropriate level of English and Maths as well as any digital skills that may be required.
- A National standard built into the independent assessment, carried out by a registers apprenticeship[p organisation.
- Certifications by the institute on completion of the apprenticeship.