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    Executive Chairman of Qube Learning is awarded an MBE for outstanding services to the education sector

    Debbie Gardiner, Executive Chairman of leading training provider Qube Learning has been recognised in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list for her work in the FE and charity sector. Debbie, who has over 17 years of leadership and management experience in further education, is passionate about providing high quality training for Apprentices, Trainees and employers and has been awarded an MBE for Services to Apprenticeships and Charities. The news follows on from the positive structural changes recently made within the business, where Qube Learning saw Joe Crossley step into the role of Chief Executive Officer and Debbie as Executive Chairman. First appointed as MD of Qube Learning in 2006, Debbie was promoted to CEO in 2010 and in December 2017 was announced as Executive Chairman. Since joining the provider, Debbie has played a pivotal role in the growth of the business, increasing revenue and driving performance, whilst creating a family feel within the company based on a set of core values. Qube Learning’s mission is to ‘inspire the future’ and Debbie is passionate about offering development opportunities to help people reach their full potential. Her vision and leadership has been crucial to the success of Qube’s Traineeship programme which has seen a steady escalation over the past three years, and made a substantial difference to the lives of individuals who may never have had a job before.   Speaking about the incredible recognition, Debbie said: “To be awarded an MBE is a great honour and one which I’m so delighted to receive. Working within this sector is very important to me, I’m a firm believer in giving people a chance, providing them with the support, guidance and training they need to have the best chance of success.  This honour is a credible acknowledgment of not only the work I have done, but also the momentous effort Qube Learning have put in too.” Alongside her role at Qube, Debbie spends much of her personal time undertaking voluntary roles for charity. She is a Cancer Research Campaigns Ambassador for South West Bedfordshire and helps fundraise and raise awareness on the organisation’s political campaigns to improve survival rates. Additionally, she is part of the Patient and Public Involvement group at the Oxfordshire Universities Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Debbie also holds a voluntary role on the Board of Directors for the Association of Employer and Learning Providers (AELP). She chairs the subcontractor working group and attends several other AELP parties; all of which is about shining a light on the education division and supporting AELP to increase stakeholders’ knowledge, understanding and awareness, and make further improvements. Debbie added: “Qube work a lot within the Health and Social Care sector, and it gives me a deeper understanding of the impact that illness can have on someone’s life. I hope that through my efforts with the charities that I can continue to aid many through difficult and challenging times.”  

    The Importance of Traineeships

    Traineeships have been around now since 2014 and are playing a pivotal part in supporting employers increase their workforce for the future, bringing in young individuals that need reassurance and mentoring to grow their talent. Qube learning have been delivering Traineeships since August 2014 with a small provision growing year on year, and have now developed nationwide relationships with large and small employers who are seeing the benefits and results of our programme.

    Positive structural changes keep leading training provider at the forefront of the industry

    The progressive education training supplier, Qube Learning, has announced two promotions within their senior management team. Current Business Development Director, Joe Crossley, has been promoted to CEO and present CEO Debbie Gardiner, has moved into the new role of Executive Chairman. The changes have been implemented to meet the needs of the business and reflect the confident pace at which the company is moving forward.

    A degree is not necessarily for all individuals

    There is an out-dated view held by some that Apprenticeships are for those who were unable to get into University. The Apprenticeship Reforms has afforded Qube Learning the opportunity to challenge this opinion, since the sector has now seen the introduction of Degree-level Apprenticeships, at Levels 6 and 7. Many providers – ourselves includes - are building links with universities and levy-paying employers, to offer a clear pathway of progression through to this higher level. With so many new and exciting opportunities developing nationally, it’s vital that students receive the correct information, advice and guidance as they approach school-leaving age.

    Reaping the rewards of Apprenticeship learning

    Earlier this year the most radical shift in adult learning for a generation was introduced – one that will forever reposition the way employer-led learning in England is funded. The change – the so-called apprenticeship levy – is a fee paid by any employer with a payroll greater than £3 million a year. It aims to reignite demand for “earn while you learn” development, by involving employers as content trailblazers, to repackage, refresh and reposition the previously out of-fashion apprenticeship, and make it fit for the 21st century.

    One in four graduates now regret having gone to university

    Qube Learning have carried out research on what people most regret about doing a degree and have revealed that an unbelievable one in four graduates regret going to university. Results also showed that recent graduates are in over £18,000 of debt after a three-year course and stuck in an underpaid job unrelated to their degree!

    Ofsted round-up: This week: Satisfactory results for Qube Learning

    Qube Qualifications and Development Ltd, Wallingford Summary of grades awarded: Effectiveness of provision Satisfactory: Grade 3 Capacity to improve Satisfactory: Grade 3 Achievement and standards Satisfactory: Grade 3 Quality of provision Satisfactory: Grade 3 Leadership and management Satisfactory: Grade 3 Equality of opportunity Contributory grade: Satisfactory: Grade 3 Sector subject areas: Hospitality and catering Satisfactory: Grade 3 Literacy and numeracy Satisfactory: Grade 3 Business, administration and law Satisfactory: Grade 3 Qube Qualifications, also known as Qube Learning, is a subsidiary of Qube Holding Ltd. The organisation holds Learning Skills Council contacts with London Central LSC, East of England LSC, Greater Manchester LSC, East Midlands LSC and South East England LSC. The majority of learners study in the workplace, and are employed across England. Currently, Qube Learning has 118 apprentices, 55 advanced apprentices and 853 learners on Train to Gain. Roughly 30 per cent of all learners are from a minority ethnic group. Qube Learning's inspection report received satisfactory grades across the board. Although this included its achievement and standards, Ofsted inspectors noted that for a small proportion of apprentices, achievement and standards are deemed inadequate. The provider did make adequate progress in addressing the majority of areas for improvement, and maintaining strengths highlighted in the previous inspection. However, Ofsted said: "Framework completion rates remain low for the small proportion of apprentices." Success rates for learners on its Train to Gain administration programmes was said to be outstanding overall. Recent data shows that in 2007/08, overall success rates are good for Train to Gain learners in hospitality and catering, and satisfactory for most other Train to Gain learners. The report also states, however, that timely success rates on the apprenticeship and advanced apprenticeship programmes have been below national averages for the last three years, and well below in some cases. Since the previous inspection, Qube Learning has restructured its management of the provision, and leadership and management are now judges as satisfactory overall. Operational and senior staff were said to have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. New staff also undertake a thorough induction which includes shadowing more experienced workers. Inspectors noted that its self-assessment process seems to have led to appropriate improvements being made to the provision.

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