Ofsted launches ‘Employer View’


Ofsted has launched a new website that allows employers to “rate” further education and skills providers.

Called Employer View, the website allows businesses to give their views on the specific providers who train their employees, including apprentices and those working for them on placements or via work experience.

The providers must be those covered by Ofsted and the inspectorate has said that comments left on the site will be a “vital asset” to its inspectors.

The aim is also to allow other employers to view comments left about specific training and further education providers.

When they visit the site, employers will be prompted to fill in a questionnaire giving their views and will be asked if they would recommend the provider to other employers.

The questions will ask them to rate providers on the quality of their communication, monitoring of employee progress, training provision, and feedback and support. 

Ofsted has said that every response will be “completely confidential” but has also promised that safeguards are in place to “guard against abuse of the site”.

Ofsted’s national director for further education and skills, Lorna Fitzjohn, said: “Employers in the past have often not been sufficiently included in the education and training of learners, including apprentices. We hope Employer View will facilitate a dialogue between employers and providers that will improve the provision of further education and training. 

“The tool will inform inspectors’ understanding of the effectiveness of provision, increase employers’ engagement in education and training, and help them and employees to choose the provider that is right for them.”

Employer View uses the same model as Learner View, which was launched in 2012. Visit the site at www.employerview.ofsted.gov.uk



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