Solent University celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted rating for apprenticeships

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Baldwin, hailed the award as “a real achievement”

Solent University has been awarded a ‘good’ Ofsted rating in its inspection of level four and five apprenticeships.

The inspection took place over four days at the end of October, looking at apprenticeships across health and social care and business management.

Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor, said: “Having embraced the opportunity to work with local employers to offer apprenticeships just three years ago, it is a real achievement for the university to receive a ‘good’ outcome in all categories.”

The Ofsted report recognised that apprentices have made very good progress, developing high level technical skills and knowledge that their employers value. Inspectors also noted the ambitious vision for the university and its contribution to the economic, social and workforce needs of Hampshire and the surrounding area.

The inspection focused on Solent’s apprenticeship provision since becoming an accredited provider on the government’s Register of Apprenticeship Training Provision (RoATP). Since courses began in 2016, apprentice numbers have grown from 12 to 300.

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