Portsmouth’s PETA Training have starring role in Ofsted’s National Apprenticeships report

An Ofsted report published on 22 October 2015, showcases PETA Ltd as an example of good practice nationally. The report ‘Apprenticeships: developing skills for future prosperity’ commissioned  by Her Majesty’s Inspector, Steven Tucker, questions how well Apprenticeships meet the needs of young people, their employers and the economy.­­

The Ofsted report highlights examples of good practice amongst PETA and the Employers including;

  1. The value placed on Apprenticeships and their role in their businesses.
  2. The focus on supporting the needs of local, regional and national employers and the filling of skills gaps they face
  3. The provision of high quality training which is audited for quality
  4. The employers’ contribution to the strategic direction of the training group through a non-executive board

The report states that ‘High quality apprenticeships were typically found by inspectors in industries that have long established reliance on employing apprentices to develop their future workforce.’

As part of the report, Ofsted’s video: ‘PETA – an example of good practice in apprenticeship training provision’, highlights the local training provider’s successful formula. The video includes interviews with local employers from Apollo Fire Detectors and Portsmouth Aviation and praises the close working between employers and PETA.

View Ofsted’s video here:  

It particularly praises the Employers who work with PETA to provide six months training to those undertaking an Engineering Apprenticeship prior to their start in the workplace and the excellent relationship between the training provider and the Employers who meet regularly to review the skills that the apprentices develop. The employers also contribute to the direction of PETA through a non-executive board ensuring that PETA is held to account for the quality and range of the apprenticeships.

Graham Knight , Operations Manager at Portsmouth Aviation who currently employs eight apprentices with PETA, said; “By working with PETA, we are actually able to tailor our apprenticeships to the needs of our company –  certain positions we struggle to find the right people for, so to be able to train them up internally makes it much better for us.”

Chris Lobo, IT Manager from Apollo Fire Detectors, who also have eight apprentices through PETA explained: “We are happy to pay for apprenticeships because we see that what is a short term cost provides us with a long term gain”.

Director of PETA Ltd, Bob Hiskey said; “We have always used the principals highlighted by Ofsted in their report to provide high quality training provision which meets the needs of our member companies. As a group training association, we are owned and run by businesses for businesses and with 45 years’ experience in high quality training provision, it is wonderful to see Ofsted extolling the virtues of this way of working. Our close relationship with our employers mean that we focus on meeting their training needs, which include providing the work force of the future through apprenticeships.”

PETA Ltd is owned by over 330 member companies including Rolls Royce, BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies, Boeing Defence UK, Hayling Island Sailing Club, Formaplex and many others.

If you want to find out more about PETA Apprenticeships, call 023 9253 8700 or e-mail apprenticeships@peta.co.uk

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