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ALI Awards Surrey Training Company

Staff and learners at a Surrey-based training firm are over the moon this week after being awarded a grade 2 “good” in four areas of learning by the government’s Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI).

Weir Training Limited in Chertsey which offers modern apprenticeships and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) was awarded the grades for its business administration and retailing linked with customer service programmes and for its approach to leadership and management, equality of opportunity and quality assurance.”When we received our results, our mission statement was no longer a vision but had become a reality”, said Julie Ridley, Suzanne Woodward and Sarah Caines, Directors at Weir Training.

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Of the 32 learners on the business administration programme and 57 on the retailing and customer service programme all are employed. Every month staff from Weir Training, established in May 2000, visit learners in their workplace to help develop their key skills and give coaching, guidance and support.The Directors said:”The inspection preparation period, although tense and challenging at times, proved to be extremely beneficial as it enabled us to examine our business using a more constructive and critical approach. This analysis resulted in us “fast-tracking” our development plans in order to demonstrate our business and its service provision to its full capability.”

David Sherlock, Chief Inspector of Adult Learning, said:”We make an independent assessment and are really pleased to report that learners at Weir Training Ltd are benefiting from the organisation’s high quality approach. When people improve their skills and achieve their qualifications they benefit their organisation, their communities and themselves.”

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