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Academy rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

18 May 2020

On 12 May 2020 Ofsted published the report of its first full inspection of The National Logistics Academy and rated it ‘good’ for overall effectiveness and for every other aspect of its apprenticeships provision. 

The National Logistics Academy was formed in 2016 to provide training, apprenticeships and workforce development to large, levy paying national logistics employers through a nationwide network of 25 specialist logistics training providers.

In March 2020 the 7-strong Ofsted inspection team spent a week visiting the Academy’s delivery partners across the country and speaking to around 80% of its apprentices and employers. In their inspection report Ofsted specifically highlights a number of strengths in The Academy’s approach.

In particular it confirms that the academy’s unique subcontracting model is effective in serving the apprenticeship needs of the UK’s largest logistics operators: 

“Leaders and managers haven nurtured very effective links with an extensive network of training partners across the country.”

Ofsted also found that: “Apprentices have high aspirations, which ultimately results in raising their earning potential significantly and improving their self-esteem.”

The National Logistics Academy Chief Executive Mark Currie said: “This is clearly a great result especially since the Academy is a relatively new provider and it was our first full inspection. I would like to thank Ofsted for conducting a comprehensive and rigorous inspection.”

The National Logistics Academy members

  • 2 Start Training – Portsmouth, Reading and Southampton
  • Apex Training Services – Peterborough
  • Automotive Transport Training – Hinckley
  • Bassetts Transport Training – Staffordshire
  • Big Wheelers – South Wales and Plymouth
  • COTS – South Wales
  • Denby Training – Lincoln
  • East Coast Driver Training – Norwich
  • GTG Training – Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • GTG Training – Wolverhampton
  • JLD Training – Abingdon and Banbury
  • Lancaster Training – Heysham
  • LRC Training – Llanelli
  • Mainstream Training – Sittingbourne, Kent
  • Mantra Learning – Manchester and Warrington
  • Merlin Academy – Derbyshire and Northamptonshire
  • Peter Smythe Transport Training – Nottinghamshire
  • RoadTrain – West Thurruck
  • Somax – Bristol 
  • South Essex College – Grays
  • Teesside LGV Training – Middlesbrough
  • Trans Plant Mastertrain – Exeter
  • Tyneside Training Services (Gateshead College) – Gateshead
  • Viamaster – Wakefield 
  • Wallace School of Transport – London and Home Counties