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Double Celebration for Chamber Training

Excellent results from Ofsted and EMQC are being celebrated by Chamber Training, the training arm of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce.

Ofsted inspectors have awarded Chamber Training Grade 2 accreditation for its overall effectiveness of provision, noting that the provider had maintained the good grades awarded at its previous inspection, with overall success rates improving and remaining above the national average for the past three years.

Results just released from the latest inspection found Chamber Training staff very approachable, empathetic and respectful, and that partnerships with employers were excellent. Other highlights from the report were:

  • Learners liked gaining qualifications they needed for employment and were treated as adults
  • Employers enjoyed the good links, communication and support offered by Chamber Training staff
  • Chamber Training provides good value for money
  • Chamber Training offers good opportunities to learners who would otherwise not participate in education or training
  • Chamber Training has a clear and strategic direction that is understood well by staff

And following the Ofsted inspection, Chamber Training also received the re-accreditation of its Matrix Standard. This national quality mark is awarded by one of the UK's leading organisational improvement and assessment companies to any organisations that deliver information, advice and guidance on learning and work.

Speaking about the Ofsted report published today, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Commerce, said: "This is an excellent inspection report that reflects all the hard work by everyone at Chamber Training to support our learners.

"Having to manage two inspections in the last six weeks has been challenging for the team in Chamber Training, but to achieve such excellent results for both is definitely something to celebrate."

Sarah Temperton, Head of Chamber Training, added: "It's really rewarding to see outside organisations recognising our work. The inspectors from Ofsted and EMQC were clearly impressed with everything they saw, particularly our work with individuals and the levels of service we provide to employers across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

"The Chamber, our learners and staff are delighted with these glowing results, which reported that learners enjoy their training, particularly in the workplace and on work placements."

The Ofsted and Matrix inspections were carried out by external assessors, and involved a number of observations and interviews with Chamber Training staff as well as students, employers and partners.

A copy of the Ofsted Inspection Report for Chamber Training can be accessed by clicking here.