NEARLY 50 per cent of training providers need to make immediate improvements to at least one aspect of their work, writes Ngaio Crequer.
The Training Standards Council, which began inspecting government-funded work-based training schemes last May, said this week that results had been disappointing.
The council has published 209 reports on training providers and 100 are to be re-inspected because of one or more areas of unsatisfactory or poor provision. Of the 100, 11 per cent received a grade 4 or 5 (less than satisfactory or poor) in one or more occupational areas. A handful received grades 4 and 5 for most of the areas assessed by the inspectors. The most common weakness is in quality assurance procedures and nearly three-quarters of those due to be re-inspected failed to achieve a satisfactory standard in this area.
David Sherlock, chief inspector, said: "Re-inspection should not be viewed as the last nail in the coffin for poor training providers, but rather as a second chance to demonstrate excellence."