A Sandwell-based training organisation is performing above the national average according to government watchdog Ofsted.
BCTG (formally Black Country Training Group), in Taylors Lane, Oldbury, is one of the largest training consortia in England and provides apprenticeship training, workforce development and NVQs.
It currently has more than 4,500 learners on its programmes, which are delivered by more than 40 work-based training providers in Birmingham, the Black Country, the East Midlands, Liverpool and Wiltshire.
BCTG’s Good Ofsted grading, bucks the trend amongst recent inspections, where other college and training providers regionally and nationally have been found to be inadequate.
Ofsted inspectors found that learners achieve their qualifications very successfully and there are high levels of satisfaction amongst apprentices.
Inspectors found current learners are making good progress, develop self-confidence and good workplace skills, and learn to apply theory to the practice within their workplace very well. Learners are motivated, enjoy their programmes and feel safe.
And they noted BCTG’s programmes not only meet the needs of learners well but are also closely tied with regional priorities and meet the needs of employer very well.
The report notes that overall management is good, safeguarding arrangements are given high priority and equality and diversity are effectively promoted to all consortium members and partners.
It says: “An outstanding aspect of the good overall leadership and management is the leadership provided by the director and managers at BCTG. The consortium is very well managed with key performance indicators used well to deliver continuous quality improvements to meet local and national needs.”
Chris Luty, BCTG director, said: “We are very pleased with the Ofsted findings and the positive feedback both from learners and our training providers.
“It was particularly satisfying that the inspectors noted our provision ties in with regional priorities. We are very focused on meeting the needs both of employers in our region and ensuring our learners have the right skills to benefit the regional economy both now and in the longer term.”