14 May, 2008 – MANCAT achieves first UK new employer standard award
Manchester College of Arts and Tecchnology, due to merge with City College Manchester, has been awarded the unique 'Training Quality Standard' award. The award demonstrates excellence in delivering employment solutions through quality training.
The Training Quality Standard is a new assessment framework designed to celebrate and recognise best practice in workforce training and development. Following a rigorous assessment culminating in a week-long, college-wide inspection, MANCAT was found to be exceptional in being awarded accreditation across the organisation and received special recognition in the Construction and Automotive sectors.
The assessors commented that they had found ‘outstanding’ performance in strategic management, people management, delivery of training and managing employer relationships.
MANCAT offers a comprehensive service for employers including a dedicated business support team, trainers with sector specific skills and experience, and a training portfolio that can be tailored to meet any organisation’s needs. The college currently provides training to a wide range of organisations in both public and private sectors as diverse as Shell, Greater Manchester Police, First Group, and local smaller businesses.
Speaking about the Training Quality Standard, Skills Minister David Lammy MP said: “Training is essential to any successful enterprise and we are determined to make high quality skills training accessible for all. The new standard highlights excellence in provider responsiveness and will be a mark that employers can trust.”
MANCAT Principal Peter Tavernor said “We already know we are responsive to employers – we have one of the highest levels of tuition fee income in the country and excellent rates of repeat business from our employer clients, but it’s great to be officially recognised. This is an extremely high profile kite mark and one that we are justifiably proud of.”