FE Week: "Ofsted Watch: Royal Navy Apprenticeships Are ‘Outstanding’"


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"Everything about skills training at the Royal Navy is shipshape and Bristol fashion, after Ofsted judged the employer provider to be ‘outstanding’ across the board.

In a glowing report published on April 26, the education watchdog said nearly all of the Navy’s 5,000 apprentices make “exceptional progress towards becoming experts in their job roles”.

They become “excellent engineers, caterers, administrators and Royal Marines” after receiving “exemplary” practical training that helps them to work in “highly challenging situations to a precise standard”.

Naval Service recruits are enrolled onto intermediate apprenticeship programmes in subjects such as manufacturing technologies, ICT, hospitality and catering, public services, transportations and operations and sport and fitness.

They benefit from theory lessons that “link well to working practice on ships and submarines”.

This prepares apprentices “well to live and work on ships of all types, including the newest vessels such as HMS Queen Elizabeth”, inspectors said.

“Staff expertly equip apprentices to become resilient and well-prepared service personnel who can work in very challenging environments,” they added.

“Trainers employ highly effective coaching and mentoring techniques that help apprentices to fulfil their potential. Apprentices work to extremely high standards; engineers expertly solve complex electrical problems and administrators use highly effective methods to communicate in demanding environments.”"


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