UCEM Ofsted Inspection

UCEM passed its first ever inspection by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) with flying colours after earning an overall rating of ‘Good’ in November 2021.

Ofsted inspected UCEM’s apprenticeship programmes at levels 3, 6 and 7.

UCEM was judged across five different areas of its provision, gaining a ‘Good’ rating in the ‘quality of education’, ‘personal development’, ‘leadership and management’ and ‘apprenticeships’ categories and an ‘Outstanding’ rating in the ‘behaviour and attitudes’ category.

Feedback from Ofsted included the following: ‘apprentices consistently demonstrate highly positive attitudes to their learning’; ‘apprentices value the positive and nurturing environment created at work and during their learning’; ‘tutors have developed a range of resources to develop knowledge and skills beyond the requirements of the apprenticeship’; and ‘leaders have put in place an experienced team, who ensure that apprentices have a clear understanding of how to stay safe online’.

Stakeholder feedback saw 98% of employers who work with UCEM stating they would recommend the university to others, more than 98% of UCEM staff agree or strongly agree with the positive statements about its apprenticeship provision in the staff survey and over 80% of UCEM apprentices agree or strongly agree with all positive statements in the learner survey.

To read the report in full, take a look at the official Ofsted publication.