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Ofsted judges Catch22 Apprenticeships and Study Programme as ‘Good’

Over three days, a team of Inspectors visited a range of Catch22 Apprenticeship delivery and Study Programme centres and judged the overall effectiveness of the provision as ‘Good’.

04 December 2015

Ofsted, the official Government body for inspecting schools and colleges, has rated Catch22’s Apprenticeships and Study Programme provision as Good.

Over three days, a team of Inspectors visited a range of Catch22 Apprenticeship delivery and Study Programme centres and judged the ‘overall effectiveness’ of the provision as ‘Good’.

Ofsted inspectors said:

‘Leaders’ and managers’ strong vision, based on historic principles and current philanthropic values, provides training and learning to the most disadvantaged young people, who are prepared well for further training and employment.’

Key strengths

The final inspection report highlighted the following areas as particular strengths:

  • Most apprentices make very good progress with completing their programme and the proportion who complete within the time planned is high
  • Apprentices develop good skills in English and mathematics and most complete their functional skills qualification successfully
  • Highly skilled teachers and assessors ensure that learners develop good skills for employment and learn how to live independent lives
  • Learners benefit from being in safe, secure and supportive learning environments, which enable them to develop confidence, overcome significant barriers to learning, and move into further training and employment
  • Managers have developed a well-planned curriculum that takes good account of local employment opportunities and the training needs of employers
  • The management of staff and subcontractors is good and has resulted in rapid improvement for much of the provision
  • Managers and staff, who have high aspirations for learners, are dedicated to improving the life chances of vulnerable learners through providing high-quality education and training.

Commenting on the news, Catch22’s Chief Executive Chris Wright, said:

‘We are delighted with this outcome and the feedback we have received from Ofsted. Our Apprenticeships and Study Programme teams have worked exceptionally hard and made incredible progress in the past 16 months.

‘We are very proud of this achievement and have now established a great foundation to build upon and to deliver excellent services to our learners and employers in the future.’

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