Roy O’Shaughnessy, Shaw Trust’s Chief Executive, said:
“We are disappointed by Ofsted’s inspection report into our learning and skills delivery.
“At the time the inspection took place our skills provision was moving to a new joint venture and as such we do not believe that the inspection was appropriate. Ofsted was made aware of these key changes but still decided to proceed with the inspection. It is clear that the inspection outcome also failed to recognise the degree of improvement in our skills delivery over the last year.
“In May of this year, we announced the formation of a new skills and training joint venture, known as STAR Skills Limited, with Ixion Holdings, who are rated good by Ofsted. Our efforts have been focused on the start of the joint venture on the 1st August 2016. We did inform the Skills Funding Agency and the Education Funding Agency about the new joint venture and how it would positively change the delivery of our own skills provision going forward. However the Ofsted inspection, which took place in June, did not take into account this move. We have corresponded with Ofsted to explain this.
“Given the move of our skills provision to STAR Skills, we believe it would have been more appropriate to conduct a monitoring report into the provision in preparation for a full inspection of STAR Skills. The move of our skills provision was in line with Ofsted guidance, so it is our firm view that an inspection at this point in time was not right nor in the interests of learners.
“One of Shaw Trust’s core values is a commitment to being best-in-class. The interests of our learners are of the utmost priority and so, prior to receiving the news of our grading, we had already handed back our Apprenticeship and Study Programme contracts. We work hard to ensure our clients are protected and this inspection will not have an impact on our commitment to provide the best possible skills training for all the people we work with.
“It is important to take Ofsted’s inspection findings seriously, but we are clear that the creation of STAR Skills is a demonstration of our aspiration to be best-in-class. This initiative still gives us an excellent opportunity to combine our experience to transform more people’s life chances through skills development. We are focusing on investing in STAR Skills Limited for the future of our skills provision.”