Over 40 years’ sector experience in delivering training and a recognised Ofsted Grade 2 Provider, Babington is the first independent training provider to achieve Leaders in Safeguarding accreditation (2017).
They have Strategic Partnerships with sector experts (i.e. Grant Thornton for Accountancy Programmes), enabling them to provide access to market-leading training and programmes that provide clear progression pathways – in turn, enhancing social mobility
They hold excellent success rates for their Employability Programmes (90.5% in 2017/18) and high satisfaction ratings (94.5% and 83.7% for learners and employers, respectively, in 2017/18 – FE Choices).
Josh, from Greater Manchester, lacked direction and aspirations when he first met our Employability Team in Bolton. We discussed his interests with him in great detail as part of our CEIAG process; identifying that he had a strong interest in the digital sector and IT. We contacted Taurus Promotions to arrange for Josh to undertake a Traineeships with the company. After setting Josh a number of tasks, his line manager commented that Josh had a natural talent for Graphic Design. His experience so far has helped Josh overcome his initial scepticism about Traineeships and he now thoroughly enjoys his programme.
“Since I’ve been here, I’ve developed a lot of skills on placement – learning about design software and increasing my confidence. I never used to leave my room at home!”
As part of his progress reviews, along with his manager, we have support Josh to devise a suitable progression pathway to support him in the future – both he and his Manager at Taurus Promotions now expect Josh to begin a Graphic Design apprenticeship once his Traineeship is completed.
Sanmi came to Babington in Bolton in January 2018, after moving to the area from Ireland the previous month. He wanted to gain some qualifications in Maths and English. Not knowing the area very well and being in a new country in new education was a big adjustment to Sanmi at the start. He was very quiet and relied heavily on his brother, who also was in the same class.
As the weeks progressed, so did Sanmi. He gained confidence in the classroom and took part in discussions; took on a leading role in a community project; and even presented an outstanding presentation to the class for his speaking and listening assessment. Sanmi also pushed himself out of his comfort zone by taking on work placement at Parkview Care Home; where he gained confidence through engaging with the elderly residents. With our support, guidance and encouragement – couple with his hard work and determination – Sanmi completed his English and Maths Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications. Achieving these qualifications enabled him to apply for scholarships in the USA (in Florida and New York) after he was head-hunted by leading Basketball academies. Sanmi’s feedback on his time and experience with Babington was:
“I really enjoyed my time here; surrounding myself with wonderful people and unbelievable staff. Thank you to [Babington’s] staff the most for giving me open opportunities for the future.”