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Clarkson Evans rated as “Good” after latest Ofsted inspection

PUBLISHED: 10:22 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:22 17 May 2017

Clarkson Evans apprentices (L-R) Josh Gardner, Ryan Holmes, Lee Young and Josh Thomas (c) Antony Thompson/TWM

Clarkson Evans apprentices (L-R) Josh Gardner, Ryan Holmes, Lee Young and Josh Thomas (c) Antony Thompson/TWM

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The training received by electrical apprentices at Clarkson Evans has been rated as “Good” by Ofsted after an inspection which praised the high quality of training provided

Ofsted inspectors spent two days scrutinising the teaching and support for apprentices at Clarkson Evans, interviewing staff and learners as well as observing lessons and assessments.

Amongst other things, inspectors praised the company for:

- The way managers plan to improve the provision for all apprentices

- The beneficial support apprentices receive from their assessors

- The improved use of technology since the last inspection, supporting apprentices with a virtual learning environment, e.portfolios and videos so they can continue their learning outside the classroom

During the inspection, it was noted that former apprentices who are now qualified electricians are very good role models, using their personal understanding of the programme to support current apprentices.

The inspection team also recognised that: “Apprentices are effective team members on site and are highly regarded due to the high standard of their work.”

The team at Clarkson Evans is delighted that they have retained their “Good” rating.

“It has been four years since our last Ofsted inspection and our training provision has grown beyond recognition during that time. We now have two new training hubs in Exeter and Bracknell and due to the rapid expansion of the company we are now training more electrical apprentices than ever before. It is satisfying to know that our exacting standards have been maintained,” said HR & Training Director Lindsey Young.

Clarkson Evans is committed to training the next generation of electricians by offering around 100 people the opportunity to join its award-winning apprenticeship programme each year. Apprenticeship opportunities are currently being advertised in Trowbridge, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Bracknell and Oxford.

“Training apprentices is fundamental to the long-term growth of Clarkson Evans and we pride ourselves on attracting and retaining the best talent. Over 70% of our current team leaders and area managers are former apprentices and our Managing Director Nathan Evans started his career with us as an apprentice,” added Mrs Young.

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