“Following the recent Ofsted Monitoring Visit in January 2019, Personal Track Safety Ltd (trading as PTS Training Academy) are pleased with the recognition of the “strong partnership” and “close working relationship” that has been developed with their strategic partner Sodexo to support the “national initiative to improve the quality of prison officer training and the retention of prison officers”.
This has been led by Director of Prison Services, Emma Dawoud. Emma worked with the Trailblazer group to develop the Custody and Detention Apprenticeship Standard with learners at Sodexo’s Forest Bank Prison being the first in the country to start their careers in the prison sector as apprentices on this new standard. This group are due to complete in May 2019 and progress to full-time permanent employment with Sodexo as Custody and Detention officers.
The report identified that the Custody and Detention Level 3 apprentices “receive good support from line managers and workplace mentors, who make particularly good links between theory and practice.” Apprentices therefore “quickly understand how to apply their training to their job roles, adding value to their employers’ business” early on. Apprentices also have “guarantees of full-time permanent employment” on completion of their programme”. Ofsted noted that “learners speak confidently about their programmes, and how their personal and vocational skills development supports them to progress towards their chosen careers.”
Managing Director of PTS Training Academy, Georgina Burton, advised that “we were glad that Ofsted recognised the unique partnership we have formed with Sodexo, using our experienced staff to ensure that training and development provided by Sodexo’s highly competent and experienced specialist staff is of a high standard to support apprentices in their new roles.
PTS Training Academy is proud to be helping “learners enjoy their learning” allowing them to “raise and realise their aspirations.” We are currently working with a number of new Levy employers in the logistics, food manufacture and sports sectors. The feedback from inspectors during our monitoring visit will provide a strong platform to ensure we can offer innovative training solutions that enhance our partners’ business and skills requirements.”