The Isle of Wight College is delighted to announce that it has achieved the industry-renowned ‘Skills for Health Quality Mark’.

This is the only standard for the UK’s health sector which defines and endorses superior delivery of learning and training that healthcare employers need for a highly motivated and effective workforce. Awarded by the National Skills Academy for Health, the purpose of the Skills for Health Quality Mark is to give health employers greater confidence when investing in workforce development and make it easier for employers to identify and select high quality training.

The Isle of Wight College’s Health and Social Care Department delivers full-time courses as well as part-time courses in this area. The part-time courses include Levels 2, 3 and 5 Diplomas as well as a range of distance learning courses in the health and care related subjects delivered to over 1000 learners per academic year. This department also offers apprenticeships in Health and Social Care.

By achieving the Skills for Health Quality Mark, The Isle of Wight College has demonstrated that it meets the exacting standards that health sector employers expect.

Summary of the National Skills Academy Assessment Report

Health sector engagement/awareness

Strong relationships with health employers supports the development and delivery of programmes of learning which meet the local need of the sector as well as providing clear and effective insight to learners. A major strength of the college is their flexibility to meet the needs of local employers and their learners. Having staff with sector experience supports the college to adapt to the demands of the sector and understand the challenges faced by learners while in employment.

Learning excellence

There is clear evidence of the impact training has on the learner’s career aspirations and the quality of patient care. The level of support provided to any learner is exceptional.

Ethic and values

All learners and staff at the IW College know and understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to health and safety, equality and diversity and safeguarding.

Effectiveness of quality assurance

Through all interviews learner success was a passion that was shared and it was evident throughout the observations that his is demonstrated and embodied not just on paper but also in practice. Consistently applied quality assurance processed are supporting the college to drive up achievement and make bigger impacts on learners outside of qualification requirements.

I am delighted that Skills for Health has recognised the high quality of our training. This is a fantastic endorsement of our long-standing commitment to teaching and learning excellence.

Cheryl Ross (Head of Department for health and social care)

This award is justified recognition of the passion and commitment our training team has to improve standards of apprenticeships in the health and social care sector.

Carrie Heath (Head of Apprenticeships)

(Picture shows Cheryl Ross (Head of Department for health and social care) with Anthony Brammer (Section Manager), Jarek Marczuk (WBL Co-ordinator) and Carrie Heath (Head of Apprenticeships).


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