Training Now rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Published: Wednesday 2nd November 2022

Congratulations to our training partner Training Now, which has been rated ‘Good’ in all categories in a report published following inspection by Ofsted in September 2022.

Training Now is based in Dorset but delivers apprenticeships nationwide, and specialises in delivering health and social care apprenticeships, as well as business enterprise and management apprenticeships.  It also delivers learning and development short courses and specialist leadership and change management support.

Ofsted’s inspection report notes that not only do apprentices successfully apply the skills and behaviours required to carry out their role effectively, but they also demonstrate a very good understanding of the attributes of care: compassion, courage, communication, competence and commitment.

The Ofsted inspection team recognised how well Training Now’s curriculums have been designed in order to be flexible, particularly ensuring that apprentices who work with older people may complete units on dementia, end of life care or managing Parkinson’s.

The Training Now team celebrate their ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted.

The report also acknowledges significant work by Training Now’s senior leadership team to put in place ‘effective strategies to identify and support apprentices’ career aspirations’ and how well employers ‘value the way that the teaching team brings wider and more relevant professional experience of the sector.

Since being appointed in December 2021, Managing Director Tara Roudiani has overhauled the framework of Training Now from the ground up. She praised the hardworking efforts of her team who have transformed the lives of hundreds of apprentices. Tara is a highly experienced leader with a long and varied career in Further Education and Skills, and brings a passionate energy and dedicated work ethic to Training Now.

Tara Roudiani (middle) with Head of Quality and Learning, Joann Stone (Left) and Operations Director, Scott Jones (Right)

Tara said:

We are absolutely thrilled to have achieved a ‘Good’ rating in all categories. The impact of our training on our apprentices’ working practices has been incredible.

The fact that inspectors told us that our apprentices display compassion and the practical skills needed for a successful career in care is very rewarding to the team.

This is such an exciting time for Training Now, we are focussing on widening our apprenticeship provision so that more people have access to really good training in health and social care.

As part of the wider Agincare group, a leading national care provider, Training Now has a unique understanding of the social care sector, and what is required to ensure that apprentices at Agincare and other care providers are well-skilled, confident and compassionate care workers. Agincare Group Chief Executive Officer Raina Summerson said:

I’d like to thank our brilliant team and board for all the hard the work they have put in. We are proud to have hundreds of apprentices building a rewarding career with great progression opportunities at Agincare, and Training Now is absolutely central to that success.

The recruitment and retention of a skilled workforce in adult social care has never been as important or pressing. Training Now plays a leading role in producing care workers and leaders of the future, not only at Agincare but for all the other care providers it works with.

The positive report from Ofsted reflects and recognises the commitment and enthusiasm of the Training Now team – its apprenticeships are supporting the future leaders of health and social care to succeed – meet some of our apprentices and learn about the career they’ve built in care.

Training Now is a training partner of Agincare, and is proud to work with organisations across the health and social care sector nationwide to provide bespoke training opportunities.

Visit the Training Now website

Read the full Ofsted report