Our University’s apprenticeship provision rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

In a new Ofsted report, published 11 April 2019, our University’s apprenticeship provision at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre, and School of Nursing and Midwifery has been rated ‘good’ in all areas following a full inspection last month.

AMRC apprenticesInspectors praised the centre’s leaders and managers for ‘successfully creating an inclusive culture of high expectations throughout the apprenticeship provision’ and for carefully planning the development of apprenticeship provision in a way that is ‘well aligned’ to the needs of employers.

Nikki Jones, Director of the AMRC Training Centre, and Tracey Moore, Head of Nursing and Midwifery are thrilled with the ‘good’ judgement from Ofsted and said it is testament to the hard work of apprentices, staff and the wider university.

Nikki said: “Since the last inspection we have been working relentlessly and I’m thrilled we are now on our journey towards becoming outstanding. We’re pleased inspectors recognised that we have made sustained and continuous improvement and can see how that is having real impact in the success and achievement of our apprentices.

“This result has been achieved by working hand-in-hand with the wider University of Sheffield, our Industry Board, employers and our apprentices – and we’re extremely grateful for that continued support.

“We’re meeting the skills needs of the economy through the careful way in which we have designed our curriculum and how we are delivering it around the regional need.

“The University of Sheffield, to the most senior level, is very positive about the quality of education for our apprentices and that’s demonstrated in this report. It shows that the Russell Group of Universities can make a real difference.

“What really stands out in this report is the recognition inspectors have given to our apprentices for their professionalism and exemplary behaviour. This means a great deal to us because we aren’t just engineering the advanced manufacturing workforce of the future but creating good citizens too.”

Inspectors also recognised the successful action taken by leaders and managers to improve the retention of female engineering apprentices through targeted ‘Women in Engineering’ events and placing them with supportive employers that have strong female representation at all levels of the workforce.

Keith Ridgway, founder and Executive Dean of the University of Sheffield AMRC, said: “This is great news for Nikki and her team and for the growing numbers of young people across our region who see engineering apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships as a pathway to a challenging and rewarding career that makes a positive impact on the world around us.

“It’s great, too, that the report recognises how Nikki and her team have successfully created an inclusive culture of high expectations for our apprentices, and how this leads to exemplary standards of behaviour in apprentices who are confident, courteous and helpful, attend well and work to deadlines effectively. We produce great engineers and good citizens.”