Training unit’s low grading
1:53pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
BOSSES of a travel firm are considering an appeal after inspectors gave it the lowest possible grade.
Inspectors from education watchdog Ofsted visited the offices of Training for Travel (TFT) in Tenterden Street, Bury, in August and published their report last week.
Lead inspector Bryan Davies recorded an ‘inadequate’ verdict — the worst of four possible grades.
But the firm’s director Bev Platt said: “We are currently considering an appeal of this grade and we have no further comment to make at this time.”
Based in Bury, TFT trains people nation-ally and internation-ally how to work in travel, tourism and hospitality fields.
TFT’s website says its work-based qualifi-cations are all Gover-nment funded.
According to Ofsted, TFT has taught 2,194 people aged over 19 on full-time courses in the last year.
The report says: “Success rates of learners who complete within the agreed timescales are low.
“The overall quality of teaching, learning and assessment is inadequate.
“Too many training sessions require improvement. This has contributed to too many apprentices making slow progress towards achieving their qualifications or not improving their skills or know-ledge.
“TFT provides insuff-icient training to enable learners to develop new know-ledge, skills and under-standing. Leadership and management are inadequate. Senior leaders have failed to raise standards since the last inspection.
“Too many areas for improvement identified at the previous inspection remain. The board does not adequately monitor the quality of the apprenticeship provision.”
The inspectors published a list of six areas they think should be improved, but did compliment the firm on other aspects.
Their report said: “Assessors provide good support for learners, both face to face and remotely. Their schedules are flexible.
“Information and advice for most employers, prior to their learners starting the programme, are timely and detailed.
“The provider has recently invested in staff development and a nominated manager has responsibility for future developments and staff support”
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