Webs Furniture training has been recognised in Ofsted’s list of outstanding providers for 2010/11 released this week with its annual report. Webs has joined the list for the first time after being awarded the outstanding accolade for its achievements in delivering high quality apprenticeship and adult training for the furniture and associated industries.
The Ofsted list names all those providers who have been judged outstanding in the past year and has been released with Ofsted’s Annual Report 2010/11 that draws on over 31,000 inspection visits across the schools, early years, children’s social care and learning and skills sectors of England.
Webs is currently training around 100 apprentices from across the UK in upholstery, wood machining, cabinet making, polishing and kitchen fitting. Working with manufacturers Webs provides training for apprentices at its base in Beeston that is currently undergoing a £2.2 million rebuild to provide state of the art facilities. Alongside the on site training Webs has a highly skilled team of assessors who visit learners in their workplaces at least once a month.
Ofsted’s report highlights where improvements are being made but also the need for greater ambition from services for children, young people and learners that are no better than satisfactory. In 2002 Webs was rated unsatisfactory and has made significant improvements to reach its current outstanding rating.
Training director Peter Sisson explains the company’s turnaround: "We now have the right team in place which is highly-dedicated. Most staff are former apprentices, including myself, so we know what it’s like starting out on this path. We now work more closely with employers who are now more involved in the training process, this creates an open partnership where feedback can be shared.
"We were ecstatic when we got the outstanding judgement for the first time last November, but all staff here are very grounded and we are not being complacent. We always do all we can to share skills and best practice as our aim is to maintain this outstanding status next time round and are very pleased to be featured in the Ofsted Annual Report."
Commenting on the successful achievement of all local providers, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Miriam Rosen said:
“Everyone who has contributed towards the delivery of the outstanding services across Nottinghamshire deserves our recognition. From the visits I make around the country, I know just how much hard work and dedication goes in to delivering the best outcomes for children, young people and learners. I hope others will be inspired by these successful providers.”