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…with many exceptionally strong features highlighted in a very positive inspection report

Mantra Learning, a private training provider specialising in the logistics, automotive and contact centre sectors has maintained its ‘Good’ rating for Overall Effectiveness by Ofsted following a short inspection on 7th – 9th June 2017. The inspection was the first short inspection carried out since the Chadderton based provider was judged to be ‘Good’ in a full inspection in March 2014.

In his very positive report the Ofsted lead inspector Shahram Safavi said: “Your managers have been successful in maintaining the strengths identified at your previous inspection and have made good progress in improving most of the weaknesses. You and your team have good capacity to make further improvements and are resolute to do so.”

The report particularly praised Mantra Learning for the support it gives to unemployed people to help them back to work under the Job Gym brand: “Adult learners, most of whom are unemployed, continue to receive good-quality education and training and improve their likelihood of finding employment or moving to other courses.”

The inspectors highlighted Mantra’s Pathway to Apprenticeship programme designed to prepare young people for their first job: “Your managers have developed and implemented a programme that trainees enjoy and benefit from. Trainees now benefit from effective lessons in improving their readiness for jobs, such as lessons in oral and written communications and the use of mathematics at work. They attend lessons to learn about their chosen career options, such as working in warehouses, garages and offices. They learn about managing their finances and the risks of using illegal drugs. Staff regularly review trainees’ progress, including when they are ready to move to work placements. They support and motivate well the trainees who require additional support to develop the skills that employers seek, for example by discussing with them the importance of wearing suitable clothes for work.”

The exceptional training facilities at Mantra were singled out for particular mention: “Apprentices and learners benefit significantly from good resources. These include a fully equipped warehouse and a number of large goods vehicles used to train them to obtain their driving licences to work in the haulage industry.“

Commenting on the publication of the Ofsted report, Mantra Learning Chief Executive Mark Currie said: ‘I am particularly pleased that Ofsted has recognised the hard work and commitment that my team have put into further improving the quality of our training over the past three years. We have clearly demonstrated that we not only make a positive impact on our employers’ businesses but we also dramatically change a lot of people’s lives. I would like to thank all our learners, employers and staff for their support and openness to Ofsted during the inspection process.’

Mantra Learning delivers work focused learning programmes and apprenticeships to upskill and progress the careers of both new and existing employees. It specialises in giving people with the competence, knowledge and behaviours to become better skilled and more productive in their jobs, to enhance their value to their employer and ensure their continuing employment and advancement.

Mantra’s Job Gym programmes train people who are unemployed to gain employment in the logistics and contact centre sectors. The vocational training is provided in specially adapted facilities that replicate the experiences our learners can expect in the workplace. In 2015/16 Mantra Learning supported 1,936 unemployed learners with a great many of them gaining a job gaining a job within 4 weeks.

In July 2016 Mantra launched the National Logistics Academy to provide training, apprenticeships and workforce development to large, Apprenticeship Levy paying national employers through a nationwide network of specialist logistics training providers.

The National Logistics Academy also seeks to attract and prepare young people to embark on a career in logistics and provide the logistics industry with the workforce of the future. It actively promotes the sector as a career of first choice, not last resort. The Pathway to Apprenticeship programme helps a young person make the transition from school to work. They gain the basic skills and experience of work before progressing to an apprenticeship. By ensuring that the next generation has an awareness of – and a route into – logistics, the Academy is ensuring the sector has the future workforce that it needs in order to thrive in an increasingly competitive world. The Academy is also a major sponsor of the “Think Logistics’ initiative which seeks to engage young people whilst they are at still at school or college.

The full Ofsted report can be found here

Mantra - Good