Rugby apprenticeship firm praised

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Rugby-based Intec Business Colleges has been rated ‘good’ by inspectors.

Intec runs apprenticeship programmes throughout the country and has its headquarters in Pennington Court. It has helped train more than 4,000 students in the past year.

The inspection was conducted at two working days’ notice, with Ofsted inspectors visiting, interviewing and surveying more than 30 employers, 300 learners and 38 members of staff.

Every part of its work was rated ‘good’ – the second-highest rank possible on Ofsted’s four-point scale and an improvement on its previous inspection, when it was judged to be ‘satisfactory’.

Intec chief executive John Herman said: “For the moment, let us be pleased with the judgement Ofsted have reached and feel confident that our work is having a positive impact on all of our customers’ ambitions.”

Ofsted praised strong leadership, the high success rates of those on its courses and arrangements with employers, among other aspects.

They were also pleased with how Intec develops its staff, the structure of its training schemes and the quality of its teaching.

But they said it could not be considered ‘outstanding’, - the highest possible rating - as too few teaching and learning sessions were outstanding, the success rates of a minority of learners need to improve and written feedback is not consistently good enough.

Mr Herman added: “There is no room for complacency and there is always room for improvement.

“Therefore, over the coming months and years we will continue to work on the things we can do better”.

Intec Business Colleges Plc was founded in 1982 and provides training mainly in business administration, business management and customer service nationally to a variety of employers of different sizes.

About 75 per cent of its work is paid for by the Skills Funding Agency - an arm of the Government - and most training is provided at employers’ premises.