Inspection reports


Ofsted reports about engineering

  • Learning from the best: examples of best practice from providers of apprenticeships in underperforming vocational areas - 15 October 2010.┬áThis good practice report examines the work of 39 providers of work-based learning, including independent learning providers, employer providers and colleges. These have been successful in providing apprenticeships in three currently underperforming vocational areas: hospitality, motor vehicle, and retail; and two historically underperforming areas that have improved to the national average in recent years: care and construction. The report describes the factors which contributed to sustaining high numbers, or increasing the numbers, of apprentices completing their qualifications, and to improving the time taken for them to do this.
  • Identifying good practice: a survey of college provision in engineering and manufacturing technologies - 23 January 2008. This report presents factors which enable post-16 learners to make good progress in the sector subject area of engineering and manufacturing technologies. Between November 2006 and March 2007, inspectors visited 18 colleges where provision in engineering had been judged to be good or outstanding at their most recent inspection. Examples of good practice are given and recommendations for further improvement are made.

Case studies of good practice in engineering

  • Engineering excellence at Rolls-Royce - 17 May 2011. Rolls-Royce empowers apprentices to manage their own learning and prepares them for the challenges of life as an engineer. This video explores the application of business improvement techniques to managing learning and discover how closely their learning environment reflects real working.

External links

Sector skills councils:

National Skills Acadamies:

Annual Report 2012/13