CIPFA awarded a “Good” provider rating by Ofsted


The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) has awarded CIPFA a "Good" rating for our apprenticeships. The rating follows the institute'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," which reinforces our belief that good public financial management is key to changing people's lives for the better.

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, noting in their report: "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."

Drew Cullen, Policy and Membership Director at CIPFA, said: "This is a tremendous endorsement that shows CIPFA delivers genuine impact for students and their employers. This result is a testament to the commitment and expertise of everyone in our team – from apprentice support staff through to trainers, the leadership team and work based learning coaches."

Notes to editor

  • The inspection took place between 9-12 November 2021 and the report made public on 29 December 2021.
  • The full report can be viewed here.
  • Ofsted inspect services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
  • At the time of inspection CIPFA had 622 apprentices across various courses. All apprentices are adults.

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