Babington Succeeds as ESFA Survey Results Are Announced

Posted by: Mia Lewis Post Date: 16th November 2017

Education Skills Funding Agency statistic

The Education and Skills Funding Agency’s employer satisfaction 2016/17 survey, has found that 9 in 10 employers (86%) would recommend their training provider to another employer. What’s more, the survey results also showed that employers using private training providers were more likely to recommend their provider, than those using colleges.

There were similarly positive results when 4 in 5 employers surveyed stated that they were highly satisfied with the overall quality of training. Impressively, the satisfaction with the quality of training has increased by 2% since 2015/16, when the score was at 78%.

With the introduction of Apprenticeship standards and the Apprenticeship Levy, it’s important that 81% of employers were satisfied that the training being delivered reflects up-to-date practices in their industry/sector. This score is also up 2% compared to the 2015/16 survey.

67% of employers reported that they had not paid towards the cost of the training, compared with 24% who had. Surprisingly, 8% of employers did not know whether their organisation had made a financial contribution. As previously mentioned, with the Apprenticeship Levy now in full swing, it’s imperative that training providers make employers aware of the impacts that this could have on them.

Babington have received an employer satisfaction rating of 93.2%, which is an impressive 37.4% increase since the 2015/16 survey. Furthermore, 3 in 4 of our learners are satisfied with the service they are receiving, which is another increase from last year’s survey results. With areas of the business ranked ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, Babington continues to review the training we offer in order to be ‘Simply the Best’.

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A total of 60,865 employers took part in the 2016/17 survey, across 708 colleges and other training providers. For the full Employer Satisfaction survey results, visit the website.

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