SFA

We hold a direct contract with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). The role of the Skills Funding Agency is to ensure that people and businesses can access the skills training they need to succeed in playing their part in society and in growing England's economy.

EFA

We hold a direct contact with the Education Funding Agency (EFA). The EFA provide revenue and capital funding for education for learners between the ages of 3 and 19, or the ages of 3 and 25 for those with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Ofsted

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. Ofsted report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. Ofsted inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are designed by the Sector Skills Councils, while the National Apprenticeship Service assists with funding the training. Business representatives from the relevant industry sector work with the Sector Skills Councils to develop the course content.

IIP

Investors in People is a quality kite mark in transforming business performance through people. Their mission is to help companies achieve the results they want by focusing all their work on your business objectives, and ensuring businesses maintain continuous improvement.

ISO9001

The ISO 9000 family of standards is related to quality management systems and designed to help organizations ensure that they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders, while meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to the product. The standards are published by ISO, theInternational Organization for Standardization, and available through National standards bodies. ISO 9001 deals with the fundamentals of quality management systems.

Edexcel

Edexcel, a Pearson company, is the UK's largest awarding body, offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing in the UK and in over 85 countries

City and Guilds

Edexcel, a Pearson company, is the UK's largest awarding body, offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing in the UK and in over 85 countries

ESF

The ESF is a key part of the Europe 2020 strategy for jobs and smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It supports the EU's goal of increasing employment by giving unemployed and disadvantaged people the training and support they need to enter jobs. ESF also equips the workforce with the skills needed by business in a competitive global economy.

The 2007-2013 England ESF programme is investing £5 billion over seven years of which £2.5 billion is from the ESF and £2.5 billion is national funding.

This investment is providing new opportunities to people who face the greatest barriers to work and learning. The programme is contributing to the government's social justice strategy by providing additional support to disadvantaged groups such as troubled families and young people NEET. It is also supporting growth by investing in apprenticeships and workplace learning.