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We are proud to announce that our apprenticeship partner, Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG), have been awarded an Outstanding rating by Ofsted! This makes them the first further education provider in England to achieve the top grades in every area of Ofsted’s recently reformed Education Inspection Framework.
We have been a proud industry partner of NSCG for the past decade. Currently, we have 9 apprentices working on Brickwork courses from levels 1 to 3. We are delighted that our apprentices have played a part in achieving this wonderful accolade.

The week-long inspection involved 13 inspectors that compiled information and feedback from learners, parents, employer partners and staff, with 3 of our apprentices being interviewed by Ofsted as part of the process. They were asked about their opinions on the College and the course overall, as well as their progression and the help, support and guidance provided by teaching staff. Their feedback and positive learning development were contributing factors in the apprenticeships department achieving the Outstanding rating.

The report issued by Ofsted acknowledges the fantastic partnerships that NSCG has with businesses such as ourselves.

“We are thrilled with the recent Outstanding rating achieved for NSCG as a whole, including Apprenticeships. Receiving this formal accreditation affirms just how important our apprentices and partner businesses such as A Lench Building Contractors Ltd are in allowing apprentices to build practical experience on the job.

A Lench Building Contractors Ltd have always offered brilliant support to NSCG. They are a model company at open evenings and events and really help us to showcase what a successful apprenticeship scheme looks like, so I am extremely pleased that they are a part of this great news”.
David Ratcliffe, Assessor in Trowel Occupations, NSCG

Our Director and Founder, Adrian Lench also commented on the success:
“We are delighted with the great news that our 9 apprentices on Brickwork, Level 1, 2 and 3, Level 2 courses at NSCG have contributed towards the College achieving an Outstanding rating by Ofsted! We are proud to be partnered with such a fantastic college, who work so hard to ensure that our apprentices can develop their skills in a real work environment”.

We are greatly looking forward to continuing our relationship and partnership with NSCG and are certain that more good news is set to come!

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