The Council’s Luton Adult Learning service’s apprenticeship scheme has achieved the highest possible ‘outstanding’ grading from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).
Luton Borough Council employs over 70 apprentices who support a range of services throughout the Council. Luton Adult Learning also employs a number of business and administration apprentices to help support the wide range of courses it delivers to over 5,000 part-time learners at more than 100 venues across Luton.
In the recent inspection, Ofsted inspectors were particularly impressed with how the service improves the job and employability skills of its 16-19 year old apprentices.
Praise was given to Luton Adult Learning’s new employer engagement strategy which strengthens its existing ethos of working in partnership with local businesses by increasing its offer to include full framework apprenticeships.
Cllr Waheed Akbar, Portfolio Holder for adult learning, said: “We knew that we ran an excellent apprenticeship scheme, but to have it recognised in this way is a real achievement and something that everyone involved should be proud of.
“Many young people in Luton are finding it hard to find work during these difficult times, so it is great that we can provide an opportunity for them to not only earn money and gain some valuable skills, but most importantly to get a foot on the career ladder.”
As part of the inspection, Ofsted also spoke positively about Luton Adult Learning’s ‘above national benchmark’ success rates as well as the standard of teaching, assessing and on-the-job training that learners receive.
For more information regarding apprenticeships with Luton Adult Learning, or to find out about the current range of courses on offer, visit www.lutonacl.ac.uk
or call 01582 49 00 33.