From April 2021, Ofsted will assume responsibility for the inspection of Level 6 and Level 7 apprenticeship training. This will make Ofsted the sole body for inspecting apprenticeship training at all levels.
To ease the change, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), in partnership with Ofsted and the Office for Students, are hosting two online events for apprenticeship training providers.
These events are free to attend and will give you the chance to ask questions about Ofsted’s new role.
Event 1: Tuesday 2nd March, 10:00-11:00
Ofsted Inspection of Level 6 & 7 Apprenticeships: For training providers that are not familiar with Ofsted inspection. Book your place here.
Event 2: Wednesday 3rd March, 10:00-11:00
Ofsted Inspection of Level 6 & 7 Apprenticeships: For training providers with some familiarity with Ofsted inspection. Book your place here.
Writing in September 2020, the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“Every apprentice and employer deserves a quality experience from their apprenticeship training provider. It is therefore vital that there is a consistent approach to quality assurance across apprenticeships.”
“To enable this, following careful consideration the Department has decided to accept the Augar Review’s recommendation that Ofsted become the single body for the inspection of apprenticeship training at all levels.”
“This change will ensure consistency and parity in quality standards across apprenticeships, so that employers and apprentices can have confidence that apprenticeship training is subject to a consistent and rigorous approach to quality assurance, regardless of provider type or the level of the apprenticeship.”
As an ESFA-approved End Point Assessment Organisation, we welcome Ofsted’s expanded role.
This development can only lead to greater consistency in how training standards are upheld at all levels. This, in turn, will improve the integrity and reputation of apprenticeships across the nation.
Find out more about End Point Assessment with Instructus Skills.