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ALI Awards East Sussex Training Organisation

Staff and learners at a training organisation in East Sussex are today celebrating their success after being awarded a twin grade 2 “good” by the government’s Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI). Hastings-based Tressell Training, which is part of Hastings Borough Council, was awarded a grade 2 for its foundation programmes and for its approach to leadership and management at its recent reinspection”“ one grade above what it gained in each area at its original inspection 19 months ago.

Tressell Training is a provider which exclusively offers Entry to Employment (E2E) training for young people and currently has 19 learners on this specialist programme. Learners are given a choice of vocational courses to choose from which include information and communications technology(ICT), cookery and motor vehicle studies. Some learners are on a work placement with local employers as part of their training.

Learner Ellie-Jo Latham, aged 17, said: “Tressell Training has helped me with my confidence and has found me a work placement with Hastings Borough Council’s Personnel Department.” Ellie’s classmates Michael Phillips, Yestin Watkins and Matthew Brunger, all aged 17, agreed thatTressell Training had helped them boost their confidence. Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council, said: “Staff at Tressell have every reason to be proud of themselves. Since the last inspection in June 2003, real improvements have been madewithin the organisation, which in the long run will benefit young people coming through Tressell Training. There have been some real success stories over the years and as a Council we are proudto support Tressell.”

E2E Manager at Tressell Training Keith Thompsett said: “This result was a real team effort from all staff here and the grades we received reflect the hardwork everyone has put in to develop our service. To get “good” grades for our entire provision is exceptional and something that is very uncommon in work-based learning. However, we now needto move forward and follow up this result with an action plan for the future so we are continuously developing and improving the service we offer the young people of Hastings.” David Sherlock, Chief Inspector of Adult Learning, said: “We are really pleased to report that learners at Tressell Training are benefiting from the organisation’s high quality approach. Whenpeople improve their skills and achieve their qualifications they benefit their organisation, their communities and themselves.”

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