Following a recent inspection by Ofsted, Interserve Learning & Employment – the employment and skills group – is proud to announce it has achieved an overall Ofsted Grade 2 (Good) rating from their inspectors. This is a great result for the organisation which was praised for its good teaching, learner support, safeguarding and strong management and leadership.

The week-long inspection was carried out at short notice in December last year; it was conducted by nine inspectors led by John Grimmer HMI. This was the first time the company had been inspected by Ofsted in its current group structure, so a Grade 2 is a significant achievement that sets the benchmark for the learning provider’s future development.

The inspection covered all aspects of the organisation’s learning and skills provision and involved a large number of people from across the business. The inspectors used group and individual interviews, telephone calls and online questionnaires to gather the views of learners and employees. They observed learning sessions, assessments and reviews and looked at the quality of provision for these areas. The Ofsted team said they were impressed with the professionalism shown by learners and employees and the manner in which the inspection was facilitated.

This final report was received by Interserve Learning & Employment’s Director of Quality and Curriculum Kevin Clarke in January. He summed up his reaction by saying “This is an excellent result. Everyone has worked hard to achieve this grade and it is testament to the high quality of service our assessors, trainers, managers and support teams provide day-in and day-out to meet the needs of learners across our programmes.”

The report highlights the reasoning behind the good result, including comments such as “good teaching, learning and assessments are resulting in overall improvements in learners’ progress and achievements”; “frequent and flexibly arranged assessments meet learners and employers needs particularly well” and “strong strategic management decisions are leading to overall programme improvements”.

They also commended the organisation on the high success rates of its learners, particularly on childcare, hairdressing and employability courses, which is great news for any businesses employing apprentices from Interserve Learning & Employment.

Overall the report says Interserve Learning & Employment. was assessed as ‘Good’ for 14 out of the 17 areas inspected, which is 82 per cent of its provision.

The remaining areas were assessed as satisfactory, though even here the inspectors said that “marked improvements to achievements are apparent across all programmes as a result of a strong focus on improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment”.

Upon receiving the great news, Interserve Learning & Employment. CEO Gavin Freed said “This Ofsted grading is a great result for team Interserve Learning & Employment. Our people have been working hard to build this organisation on a foundation of quality and this is recognition of all their effort and dedication over the last few years. Keep up the good work!”

The final report is available now on the Ofsted website: www.ofsted.gov.uk.