Vocational Skills Partnership (Wales) Ltd (VSP) has achieved high acclaim in its first Estyn report.


The training consortium, which delivers high quality work-based learning qualifications and Jobs Growth Wales opportunities, has been recognised for demonstrating “significant examples of sector-leading practice” whilst helping learners achieve their apprenticeship frameworks.


The consortium’s current performance was rated as “good” by Estyn and its prospects for improvement were rated as “excellent.”


In its report, the education watchdog said that VSP “has excellent partnership arrangements” and “works with a wide range of key partners, employers and stakeholders to meet the needs of learners well.”


VSP was established in 2010 in response to the Welsh Government’s transformation agenda and is a joint venture owned equally by Aspiration Training Ltd, Educ8 Ltd, Network Training Services Ltd and TSW Training Ltd.


LynnForrester-Walker, chair of the VSP board, said: “We are all so proud of the achievements highlighted in our first report as a consortium.


“To be recognised for our partnership working is testament to the relationships we have worked so hard to forge between ourselves and other organisations. These relationships are key to ensuring that learners achieve their apprenticeship frameworks successfully and progress in many cases to higher level training.”


Working across a number of sectors including Business Administration, Butchery, Childcare, Customer Service, Health and Social Care and Manufacturing, VSP is one of only 25 work-based learning contract holders in Wales.


Inspectors said that assessors and tutors have “very good relationships with a wide range of local and national employers.”


Within VSP’s prospects for improvement, inspectors said that learners’ achievement rates are “improving consistently across all partners”


Grant Santos, quality director and nominee for VSP, said: “The learner is at the heart of what we do, we are passionate about helping them gain skills and qualifications whilst earning money.


“To see that Estyn recognises the improvement of learners’ achievement rates is of great importance to us as a consortium - as we look to give those who engage with us the best opportunities to succeed.


“We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished to date, and the positive impact that VSP is having on the individuals that we work with.”


VSP is dedicated to sharing best practice, improving standards across all partners and developing outstanding learning experiences for individuals in Wales.


The consortium has attained 90% learner satisfaction rate across all partners and an IIP Gold across all 4 member organisations and has developed a sector-leading online resource to develop learners’ wellbeing www.mywellbeinghub.co.uk.


For further information on VSP, visit: http://www.vsptraining.co.uk/


To see the full Estyn report, visit: https://www.estyn.gov.wales/sites/default/files/documents/Vocational%20Skills%20Partnership.pdf




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