High performance leads to Education Investor ‘Skills Provider of the Year’ shortlist
December 5th, 2019
Skills Training UK was honoured to have our contribution to education recognised for the second year running at the Education Investor Awards 2019 after being shortlisted as a national finalist in the ‘Skills Provider of the Year’ category.
Our entry summarised high performance and innovation across multiple contracts, our commitment to continuous improvement, the criteria we use for success and our values, which are about making a positive difference to the lives of every young person and adult who joins one of our programmes.
The awards ceremony took place in London on 4th December and celebrated organisations and individuals which made an outstanding contribution to education in 2018-19.
Martin Dunford OBE, Chief Executive, Skills Training UK, commented: “We were delighted to have been recognised as a finalist for the Education Investor Awards' ‘Skills Provider of the Year’ for the second successive year. Over the past 12 months we have continued to deliver high quality, high performing provision with an individual and flexible approach which adds value and makes the difference for each of our customers.”
85% of Skills Training UK’s employer clients pay the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy and our focus has continued to be on high performing, high quality delivery which is co-designed and delivered with employers to meet their needs and to ensure they gain maximum return on investment from their Apprenticeship Levy. Our ability to deliver large scale, tailored programmes has been embraced by levy paying employers in STEM, NHS, Local Authorities and other sectors.
Our ‘Alternative to school’ delivery model meanwhile has continued to empower increasing numbers of 16-18’s to improve their chances of social mobility by enabling them to move into a positive destination which would not be accessible to them without the programme.
We achieve higher than average progression rates, yet a higher than average number of learners join us with few or no qualifications. More than half of our learners come from socio-economically deprived areas and face challenging circumstances at home.
In 2018/19, 82% of learners who joined our Traineeships and Study Programmes did not have a GCSE Grade 4/C or above in English and/or maths. Through individual mentoring, technical vocational qualifications and high-quality work experience, 61% of 2,157 learners in 2018/19 progressed to a positive destination such as an Apprenticeship, further education or employment after attending one of our training centres. The national average is 43% - DfE SFR.
In May 2019 we tendered for and won a £2.1 million contract to deliver employability training for unemployed adults, and £700K to provide training to upskill low-waged and/or low skilled learners as part of the devolved Adult Education Budget in the West Midlands Combined Authority. Our flexible business model allows us to rapidly scale up our operations to deliver this type of large scale contract and during August and September 2019 we opened 7 training centres for the delivery, with more in the pipeline.
Other contract wins in 2018/19 have included a successful bid for £8.3m to deliver four new European Social Fund contracts for 2019-2021 in London, South East and West Midlands. The contracts will be delivered with the support of our supply chain partners and will help 5,107 disadvantaged young people and adults and to achieve social mobility.