“Just over ten years ago, we set out on a mission to help start and develop finance careers across Essex, we were passionate about improving the skills in the region and giving people an outstanding alternative to university.
To hear from the Ofsted inspectors that our Apprenticeship program is outstanding is a testament to the phenomenal team that we have built, the brilliant employers who have supported our program, and the amazing apprentices that we have the pleasure to work with every day.
I am incredibly proud of the impact our apprenticeship programme has had on the careers of so many people working across Essex and am looking forward to driving this forward over the next ten years.”
David Malthouse, Managing Director
First Intuition Chelmsford is delighted to have received the official verdict of our recent Ofsted Inspection. After a four-day visit, the Inspectors concluded that our provision is outstanding. We are equally pleased to note that this outstanding verdict applied to all five areas of inspection which are:
- The quality of education – Outstanding
- Behaviour and attitudes – Outstanding
- Personal development – Outstanding
- Leadership and management – Outstanding
- Apprenticeships – Outstanding
Only 13% of apprenticeship providers had been awarded an outstanding grade as of August 2020*. This confirms that this is an exceptional result of which our whole team can be immensely proud of.
The final report can be downloaded here.
Key quotes from the report
“Apprentices rapidly develop their professional skills and behaviours because of the highly personalised guidance and support provided by tutors, skills coaches, and employers.”
“Leaders, tutors, coaches, and employers work tirelessly together to develop a highly effective programme that successfully introduces a young, diverse workforce to the finance and accounting sector.”
“Leaders have successfully promoted apprenticeships to the finance sector in the region. They understand the challenges employers face in recruiting and retaining skills locally.”
“Leaders accurately identify gaps in apprentices’ existing skills and knowledge. They tailor the curriculum expertly to include units of learning from different programme levels to overcome any knowledge or skills deficit.”
“Skills coaches expertly review the progress apprentices make over time to ensure that apprentices are on a planned pathway to achieve their extremely ambitious career goals.”
What our Directors and Management team have to say.
“I am absolutely delighted to see all the hard work and effort our team put into supporting our Apprentices and Employers recognised. We have created a number of new initiatives over the pandemic and it is wonderful to see how impactful these have been. I am so proud of the team, our Apprentices and Employers and look forward to continuing to develop and innovate what we deliver to help even more Essex apprentices and employers in the future.”
Kelley O’Donovan, FI Chelmsford Director
“We are extremely proud to have been awarded the accolade of being an Outstanding provider for Apprenticeship delivery in accountancy. Our dedicated team work tirelessly to provide a learner-centred experience, where all are provided opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours, and we will strive to continue to deliver this outstanding experience.”
Emma Liddell, Associate Director
“We strive to offer an excellent level of service and support to our apprentices and employers and are therefore so pleased that Ofsted have validated all the hard work from the team with an Outstanding grade. We are proud to work within an innovative and inclusive environment, where anyone who walks through the doors are helped and supported to reach their goals and beyond, whatever their background.”
Rebecca White – Apprenticeship Manager
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*UK government website – report dated 31st August 2020