Top Ofsted marks for online adult education provider

Over 350 adults mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds are supported

Over 350 adults mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds are supported

10 Oct 2022, 15:31

More from this author

A training provider that teaches a range of lower-level online courses to over 350 adults, mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Antrec Training, a subsidiary of the Learning Curve Group (LCG), received the watchdog’s top grade in its first full inspection report published today.

The provider was awarded its first publicly funded contract for adult education in November 2017 and now delivers mostly level 2 provision through online, flexible courses including mental health first aid, understanding autism, counselling skills, tenant support for social housing and domestic violence.

Ofsted reported that learners “clearly benefit, both personally and professionally, from the diverse range of high-quality courses available to them”.

The inspectorate also said “learners, many of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have family and caring responsibilities, feel a great sense of accomplishment, often overcoming challenging personal circumstances to achieve their qualifications”.

Students “often progress to further qualifications or training as a result”, Ofsted added.

Antrec Training was taken over by LCG in March 2021, at which point the provider had received ‘reasonable progress’ judgements across the board from Ofsted following an early monitoring visit report that was published in June 2019.

LCG has seven other training providers in its group, four of which have received Ofsted visits over the past two years, each achieving ‘good’ ratings.

Chief executive of LCG Brenda McLeish said she was “delighted” with this latest result, adding that all of her group’s Ofsted grades “was the culmination of our amazing culture”.

“One of our key pieces of feedback from this inspection was that ‘learners often progress to further qualifications or training as a result’, which is extremely important to us as we strive to give people opportunities to transform their lives,” she added.

Ofsted praised leaders and managers at Antrec for having a “clear vision for the provision that they offer”.

“They provide flexible, online learning programmes to employed and unemployed adults to help with their career aspirations and personal circumstances,” inspectors said. “For example, line managers learn how to provide more effective support to their teams in the workplace and unemployed adults improve their prospects of gaining employment”.

Today’s report added that leaders have constructed a “rich curriculum that is relevant to local, regional and national employment priorities”.

Latest education roles from

Student Engagement and Enrichment Lead

Student Engagement and Enrichment Lead

Bournemouth and Poole College

Tutorial Learning Mentor

Tutorial Learning Mentor

Barnsley College

School Liaison Admissions Tutor

School Liaison Admissions Tutor

Riverside College

Study Coach

Study Coach

Heart of Yorkshire Education Group

Lecturer in Maths

Lecturer in Maths

Heart of Yorkshire Education Group

Apprentice Development Leader

Apprentice Development Leader

GP Strategies

Sponsored posts

Sponsored post

Why we’re backing our UK skills ‘Olympians’ (and why you should too)

This August, teams from over 200 nations will gather to compete in the sticky heat of the Paris summer...

Advertorial
Sponsored post

Is your organisation prepared for a major incident?

We live in an unpredictable world where an unforeseen incident or environmental event could disrupt a Further Education (FE)...

Advertorial
Sponsored post

A new chapter in education protection!

Gallagher is a specialist in the Further Education sector, working with over 75% of Further Education colleges in the...

Advertorial
Sponsored post

Pearson is planting the seed for sustainability talent with new HTQ

Sustainability is rapidly becoming a key organisational goal for many businesses looking to make a difference in society, the...

Advertorial

More from this theme

Ofsted

BCTG bounces back from damning Ofsted judgment 

Birmingham provider aims to 'rise from the ashes' with more contracts following 'dark period'

Billy Camden
Colleges, Ofsted

Second ‘outstanding’ for Cheshire college

Inspectors said teachers and leaders were “passionate” about providing life-changing opportunities for young people and adults

Josh Mellor
Ofsted, SEND

Specialist arts college strikes the right chord with Ofsted ‘outstanding’

Inspectors said the college empowers young adults with special needs to progress into the world of work

Josh Mellor
Ofsted

Big Listen: Ofsted must enforce ‘humane accountability’, say leaders

The way Ofsted delivers its judgements remains a key concern for the sector

Josh Mellor

Your thoughts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

One comment

  1. Tony the tiger

    This is mostly incorrect. Antrec provided 2 courses, taxis and CSCS level 2. The company permanently closed in July by lcg following a loss in funding and a wave unnecessary redundancies.