A training provider based in Braunston has been given a boost following an inspection by an education watchdog.
TQ Training has been classed as good with outstanding features.
Although based locally, TQ delivers nationally and has large, national employers on its books as well as smaller local and regional ones.
It delivers apprenticeships and stand-alone qualifications in the workplace as well as programmes to help the unemployed find work.
Ofsted inspectors found TQ’s teaching and learning to be of the highest quality and the extent to which the company meets local and regional needs was graded as outstanding. TQ’s managing director, Dr Mike Motley, an ex-apprentice himself, says that the 60 staff, 2,500 students and hundreds of employers, many of whom were engaged in the gruelling inspection process, are justifiably proud of the result.
Mr Motley said: “It means that we will be able to market ourselves as one of the best training providers in the country and open up our programmes to an even wider audience than was previously possible.”
The Government priorities include raising the standards of literacy and numeracy and one of the issues that comes up is to make these subjects relevant.
Ofsted inspectors found that TQ’s assessors and tutors “skilfully link English and mathematics to vocational subjects” and, as a consequence, “learners use these very effectively in their daily work”.
Mr Motley added: “Our performance as a training provider in this respect is second to none. Our success rate on our stand alone Functional Skills for literacy and numeracy is 97 per cent and this is to over 2,500 students”.