Key Training is a Matrix Standard and Investors in People accredited company, take a look below at what Matrix said about us.
Key Training (Key/the Organisation) is a well-established training organisation. Founded in 1965, it has since become one of the largest contract trainers in the UK, with over 20,000 having been trained over the last 10 years.
Key Training works with a wide range of partners including high street names, government departments, local authorities and other statutory bodies to support the service users as they transition through to full time employment, further training or higher education. The vast majority of provision is aimed at 16 – 18 year olds through the Apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeship routes, though there are also a few Adult Apprenticeships offered and a small number of commercial courses operated through Key Training’s ‘Working With People’ initiative. Key also offer an employability skills programme under the banner of the Study Programme, for those customers looking to progress into work.
The Organisation was first recognised as an Investor in People in 1992, though this is their first assessment against the matrix Standard. Key Training was last assessed against the IiP Standard in July 2011, at which time it was determined that the Standard was fully met.
The range of programmes offered can be summed up as covering Occupational Sector 15 and includes Business Administration, Sales, Customer Service, Management and Team Leading and Recruitment, with some elements of IT and Warehousing. All apprentices are of employed status and the programme has recently been extended from 9 to 12 months in line with SFA requirements.
The Company has evolved over time to the point where Key now has 10 centres nationally, covering the North East, West Yorkshire, the East of England, East & West Midlands, London, South East and the South West.
Information, advice and guidance services (hereafter referred to as ‘the service’) are an integral element of all provision described above. The service is delivered at each stage of the customers’ journey, i.e. at initial enquiry, during and following initial needs assessment during the progress review meetings, throughout the programme of learning and finally at the exit point as people transition into their next stage. In general, staff are advising customers on the application of learning in a work context, the requirements of the various vocational areas and the provision and support available throughout the local network of providers and career options and the requirements of their chosen pathway.
As a result of receiving public funds with which to deliver its provision, Key Training is monitored against a very specific set of outcomes, the details of which can be found in the body of the report at Section 9, below.
The Organisation has a very strong learning culture with many examples of people up-skilling and advancing through the Organisation and all those interviewed as part of this assessment were highly positive in their descriptions of the Organisation and its achievements.