Our National Learning and Development Centre has achieved its third consecutive ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted, for its Apprenticeship programmes.
To mark this achievement, we hosted a visit to the training centre in Eakring for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) Amanda Spielman last week.
The visit was a great opportunity for us to share how we are using apprenticeships to invest in the skills of our future workforce, as well as demonstrating how we support the UK skills and climate change agenda.
The National Learning Centre is unique in the UK, offering a range of interactive learning opportunities; including an electricity substation, overhead lines and virtual reality suites. It also offers the only fully functional gas transmission training facility in Europe.
As well as a VIP tour of the site and its facilities, Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda also spent time speaking to some of our apprentices about their development journey’s. Freddie Chidlow, Substation Advanced Apprentice, said: “I wanted to combine training with actual work experience. I’ve always had an interest in this industry and I’m pleased that I joined the National Grid Apprenticeship programme. This opportunity is a great way to get the qualifications and experience I need to start my career.”
Following the visit, UK Head of Academy John Tyler, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman to our Learning Centre. It gave us the opportunity to share our knowledge, discuss and demonstrate that we are fully invested in the current and future skills of our organisation, and that of the broader UK economy.”
Amanda was impressed with the visit, saying: “It was really inspiring to hear from apprentices about their training to be the engineers of tomorrow, keeping the country fully powered. I was particularly pleased to learn that the centre has a residential work experience programme where 50% of the attendees are girls, to encourage them into STEM careers.”