Learning and Skills Inspection Report

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PGL Training Ofsted

PGL Training is celebrating a positive second OFSTED inspection report. During the visit in July 2013 inspectors rated 'Outcomes for learners', 'Quality of teaching, learning and assessment' and 'Effectiveness of leadership and management' all as Good.

The inspection focussed on our Skills Funding Agency (SFA) funded provision, which includes the apprenticeships, workbased learning and training for the unemployed. Inspectors also took an interest in viewing the non funded training to gain an overall view of the level of our delivery across the business.

The inspection took place across both of our Exeter and Taunton training centres.

Some of the key strengths identified during the inspection were:

  • "Teaching is lively, energetic and purposeful."
  • "Employers value the quality and rate of training that ensure learners move rapidly onto commercial work."
  • "Learners are motivated by the enthusiasm of staff and enjoy the challenging activities that they are set. They value their trainers' vocational expertise and apply the knowledge they have acquired from trainers well in the workplace."
  • "Employers who are new to apprenticeships are given a particularly helpful induction into the apprenticeship their employee will follow"
  • "Good facilities at centres in Taunton and Exeter contribute to the high standards of training and assessment. Learners have access to industry standard tools and equipment with a strong focus on green technologies"
  • "Senior staff use their partnerships with a large number of employers well to develop high quality courses that meet the industry's needs"
  • "Employers value the flexibility that PGL Training (Plumbing) Limited allows their apprentices to meet their workplace commitments and deadlines. Where employers raise concerns about learners' progress, or gaps in their learning, managers are swift implement extra training to meet these needs"
  • "Employers are highly satisfied with the improvements in learners' confidence. A local employer in the tourism industry reports that his employees work more confidently with customers as a result of their training and that customers are providing more positive feedback on the service they receive. Learners use their vocational skills well in the workplace and are able to enhance their employer's business."

The full report is available on the OFSTED website, www.ofsted.gov.uk. or download the report.

Managing Director Andy White was delighted with the results. "The hard work of our dedicated staff has been recognised. We set ourselves high standards and the report reflects this. It is especially pleasing under the new common inspection framework, which has a strong focus on teaching and learning. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Skills Funding Agency, our employers and learners; without strong partnerships none of this would be possible. Our learners have done themselves and the Centre proud."

PGL commenced apprenticeship training in 2005 with 10 learners and now has in excess of 100 apprentices on programmes with many part time students. It primarily delivers apprenticeships for the construction industry including plumbing, electrical and carpentry. In recent years, PGL Training has started delivering programmes for unemployed learners referred from Jobcentre Plus, as well as apprenticeships and National Vocational Qualification programmes in customer service, team leading and business administration.

In addition to apprenticeship training, PGL delivers industry-specific short courses in plumbing, electrical, renewable technologies and has its own approved gas assessment centre for accreditation to Gas Safe.