MILTON KEYNES, England, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Professional Services LLC (RPS), a subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), announced that it achieved a Grade 2 rating from the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (OFSTED) for its UK apprenticeship services. This is the first time that RPS' apprenticeship programmes have been inspected by OFSTED, and the Grade 2 achievement immediately places the company and its services among the top UK vocational training providers inspected.
The published OFSTED report noted the high quality of RPS' learning programmes and how much apprentices enjoyed learning via those programmes. The report ranked RPS as "outstanding" for vision and for its safety practices. It also praised RPS' apprenticeship services for helping to improve the lives of many young people by offering them the chance to gain valuable qualifications and creating a pipeline of skilled professionals in the UK. OFSTED judgment grades are outstanding (Grade 1), good (Grade 2), satisfactory (Grade 3), and inadequate (Grade 4).
"RPS has established an excellent track record with students, businesses and the UK government for our apprenticeship services," said Mark Oliver, managing director, RPS EMEA. "The OFSTED grade validates our approach to apprenticeship learning, and we will continue to apply the expertise, tools and processes necessary to continue to elevate our standards."
The full inspection report is available for download from the OFSTED website at http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/. Main evaluations of RPS' apprenticeship services in the report include the following:
- Achievement rates of RPS' apprentices are particularly high and score above the national average.
- RPS ranks "outstanding" for improving the economic and social well-being of apprentices through learning and development.
- Through RPS, learners gain valuable additional qualifications that enhance their employability.
- RPS' vision and ambition for the success of their learners and employers is "outstanding".
- Managers provide excellent leadership and very strong direction for all aspects of RPS' work.
Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defence, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.