10th December 2014

Skills for Health is delighted to report that following our Ofsted inspection in October, we have been awarded a Grade 2 (Good) rating for our provision of Skills Funding Agency programmes.

Image: Logo Ofsted.Susan Goldstein, Head of Programmes says, ‘The inspection report highlights our commitment to learners and health sector employers. Our learners are progressing really well, with many of them moving into higher level qualifications and job roles with increased responsibility. We try to set challenging targets to help our learners gain confidence and improve their personal and social skills.

It is really important that our students have the right skills including employability skills to offer employers what they need. We work hard to ensure that our training programmes meet national and local health sector priorities and employers have confidence in the vocational skills our learners are developing.‘

Amongst the evidence for a "good" grading, the report states:

  • Overall success rates for all qualifications have improved and are now above the national rates for all providers.
  • The training programmes meet national and local priorities well by qualifying the workforce in the health and care sector
  • Excellent support from assessors and mentors develops learners’ skills and practices in the workplace, and highly qualified staff from relevant professional settings encourage learners to develop their own learning.
  • Employers report that their learners make good progress and gain good vocational skills.
  • Trainers and assessors expect high standards from learners that reflect the professional behaviours and values of the commercial and public sectors they work in.
  • Learners highly value the support they receive from assessors and mentors to develop their skills and practices in the workplace, for example in arranging different work experiences and aligning these to career goals.
  • Assessors use a wide range of assessment methods that successfully engage and motivate learners.