Training quality lacking

23rd February 1996 at 00:00
Northern Ireland's largest and most prestigious training institute has been sharply criticised by Government inspectors for poor quality training and under-achievement.

Belfast Institute Training and Employment Services which trains many of Ulster's students with severe learning difficulties, was visited by inspectors in October 1995.

The inspectors said: "There is considerable under-achievement by the majority of the trainees. Major weaknesses in the management of the training programme contribute to this under-achievement."

While achievement rates in national vocational qualifications were low many trainees from disadvantaged backgrounds or with severe learning difficulties did well.

The report said: "Record-keeping is inconsistent, poor attendance and time-keeping are not dealt with effectively and some of the needs of individual trainees are not addressed. This results in under-achievement and high drop-out among trainees."

It added: "With the co-operation of the well-qualified and committed staff, the institute can address these weaknesses."

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now