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QA Apprenticeships, the UK’s leading provider of IT and business services apprenticeships has been uniquely awarded the highest possible grade during a recent inspection by Ofsted, the official Government body for inspecting schools and colleges following its first full Ofsted inspection.

The team of inspectors judged all three measures of success; outcomes for learners, leadership and management, and quality of teaching learning and assessment; as Outstanding in their report published today. QA are the first independent IT learning provider to receive the highest grade across the board since Ofsted introduced new assessment procedures in 2012.

Director of QA Apprenticeships, Ben Pike, commented: “We are thrilled to have achieved the highest grade possible from our first Ofsted inspection. This is a glowing endorsement of all the hard work and capabilities of our dedicated staff and recognises the vital partnerships we have with fantastic employers and highly motivated apprentices.”

Mr Pike added: “We are delighted at this hugely positive report which inspires us to continue to improve and enhance our programmes and service. There is certainly more for us and our partners to do to raise standards and we recognise this endorsement brings with it a responsibility to do even better. Crucially we hope this outstanding commendation encourages more employers and young people to consider apprenticeships as a credible and exciting route to develop talent and build long term careers.”

Comments from the report

The Ofsted report endorses QA Apprenticeships’ work in providing employer-focused apprenticeships that deliver excellent talent into the UK workforce.

  • “QA treats apprentices on a par with its professional fee-paying customers and offers them highly professional training in world-class apprentice programmes.”
  • “Inspirational teaching, learning and assessment engage apprentices exceptionally well and lead to excellent attainment.”
  • Through exceptional partnerships with employers, QA designs and delivers a model of excellence in apprenticeship training that has brought significant benefits to the United Kingdom economy by creating over 3,000 new jobs.

To view the full report, please click here.

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