Biffa training gets ‘good’ Ofsted rating

Waste giant Biffa has become only the second recycling business to achieve an Ofsted rating of 'good' for its in-house training scheme.

Biffa’s train to gain scheme is supported by government funding and, as a result, must be inspected and approved by Ofsted.

Ofsted, or the Office for Standards in Education, is the Government’s official body for monitoring school achievement, but it is also responsible for publicly funded
education projects.

During the inspection last September, Ofsted staff reviewed the training, carried out interviews with trainers and learners, and document checking, awarding a good or grade two mark.

Only top schools achieve the Ofsted grade one also known as outstanding, three is satisfactory and four is inadequate.

The report, which puts Biffa on a par with Veolia the other business to get a good rating, also found ‘very good completion rates at 99%’, ‘well-planned and robust assessment’ and that ‘learners enjoying the programme and progressing well, and developing good personal and occupational skills.’

Biffa’s training manager, Neil Rogers, said: “The Ofsted rating is an excellent and important validation of the quality of our training programmes.

“Biffa invests a lot in staff development and training as a well-motivated, skilled and safety-conscious workforce pays huge dividends.

“These training programmes are helping to improve all-round performance, as well as adding value to tenders by the municipal division.

“The health and safety focus of both courses has helped contribute to the steep fall in lost time incidents over the past year which in turn boosts efficiency and productivity.”

Luke Walsh

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