Tim Ward on how to demonstrate high quality work experience

Tim Ward describes how Fair Train can help your organisation demonstrate to Ofsted and others your commitment to high quality work experience. References to the central role of work experience in supporting learning and progression are found throughout Ofsted's guidance on the Common Inspection Framework: "Learners, where appropriate, participate in purposeful and challenging work experience and placements relevant to their future career plans."

"Inspectors will consider... the proportion of learners who benefit from purposeful work-related learning, including external work experience where appropriate to their learning programmes and/or their future career plans, and how well they contribute to their workplace, including on work experience, as a valued member of the workforce."



In a good practice example, Ofsted comment favourably on how a college transformed work experience through adopting a strategic 'whole organisation approach'.



You can evidence your commitment as a learning provider to good quality work experience for learners and trainees (including paid work as part of a learning programme such as in apprenticeships) by gaining accreditation to the Work Experience Quality Standard. These standards were designed by Fairtrain with support from the Commission for Employment and Skills and in consultation with Ofsted, AOC and AELP.


Applying for accreditation is straightforward and involves a self-assessment process. Your application is reviewed by an assessor who may contact you by phone to clarify or confirm your self-assessment. Fairtrain carry out regular visits to a proportion of applicants to ensure the rigour and validity of the process. You can pitch your self-assessment at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Accreditation lasts for two years and you can progress to a higher level during this period.

Fees for accreditation are based on turnover and level of accreditation to support accessibility for smaller providers.


More information is available at www.fairtrain.org/quality-standard.

Or contact Tim Ward on 07870 622132 or timward.learning@gmail.com