CIPFA awarded a ‘Good’ provider rating

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) has awarded CIPFA a ‘Good’ rating for the apprenticeships it provides. The rating follows CIPFA’s first full inspection by Ofsted in November 2021.

Ofsted’s report highlighted many of CIPFA’s strengths, including its “very strong commitment to responsible stewardship of public money”.

The inspectors also noted that there was a sense of pride among students and employers in being associated with CIPFA, and how the relationship between the three parties was very effective.

The report said: “Work-based learning coaches provide good support to apprentices to help pace them through their studies. Coaches liaise effectively with employers to make sure that over the course of the programme, apprentices gain broad and relevant experience, linked to what they learn.”

Sarah Shreeves, Head of Training Services at CIPFA, said:We are thrilled with this rating, as it should give employers the confidence that CIPFA provides a high-quality learning environment. Our focus on building good relationships with employers and students has always been important, and we’re delighted this has been recognised by Ofsted.”