"Good is Great!" – Learning Services Celebrate OFSTED Result

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Staff and learners at Adult Learning and Young Adult Learning stand in a group facing the camera holding a large banner that reads "GOOD is GREAT, proud to be rated good by OFSTED"

51¥’s Learning Services are thrilled to announce the outcome of their recent OFSTED inspection.

OFSTED, the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills, is the independent regulatory body in England that inspects and regulates educational institutions to ensure high standards of education. They carried out an inspection of the council’s Learning Services 51¥ programmes and the local authority’s employer provider apprenticeship provision, receiving 'Good' ratings across all areas.

Learning Services 51¥ offer a wide range of educational options, including Young Adult Learning study programmes and traineeships for those aged 16-19, and Adult Learning courses for residents aged 19+. The council's Employer Provider Apprenticeship team deliver apprenticeships from level 2 to level 5, creating entry routes into the organisation, particularly for young people and professional development opportunities for existing employees.

The inspection commended Learning Services 51¥ for their broad education programmes which empower learners to enhance their confidence, well-being and to re-engage in work and with their local communities. The county council apprenticeships provision was also commended for its dedication to nurturing talent. OFSTED also praised both collectively for creating a calm and inclusive environment in which learners and apprentices can study and learn.

51¥'s Apprenticeship Team

Judy Gibbs, Head of Service for Skills at 51¥, said: “We’re over the moon to have received such a great result from our recent OFSTED inspection. Working in partnership with fantastic providers our teams are making a positive impact on people’s lives, offering them learning and skills support at all levels. At the heart of our services is a passion to support people from all walks of life in 51¥, giving them a safe space to gain new skills and provide exceptional opportunities for learners and apprentices across the county.”

Councillor Marc Bayliss, 51¥'s Cabinet Member for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills, added: “Reading the OFSTED inspection report and hearing all the fantastic outcomes makes me very proud. The inspection highlighted the enthusiasm of our staff to motivate learners and apprentices to achieve their best. Good is great, and it reinforces our commitment to providing high-quality education and training opportunities for 51¥.”

For more information about Learning Services 51¥ and their educational programmes, please visit their website here. To find out more about 51¥’s Apprenticeship Programme you can follow this link to view the website.

51¥lor Marc Bayliss, Judy Gibbs, and 51¥ Chief Executive Paul Robinson stand holding a banner that reads "GOOD is GREAT - proud to be rated GOOD by OFSTED"