A COVENTRY based training provider has been awarded the fair train work experience quality standard award at gold level.
PET-Xi training was presented with the award in recognition of the high quality work experience opportunities it has generated for young people and employers in Coventry.
The accreditation was developed by the national charity Fair Train – who support employers, learning providers and young people across the UK.
The gold level is rarely awarded and showcases elite employers and learning providers recognised as offering the best quality placements.
Fair Train’s chief executive, Beth Gardner, presented the award to Fleur Sexton – joint managing director of PET-XI – at the Ricoh Arena on October 15.
Ms Sexton said: “I’m so pleased that PET-Xi’s work in organising high quality work experience has been recognised.
“I’ve long been convinced of the many benefits and rewards it brings to candidates and employers alike.
“Young people themselves gain invaluable opportunities to build up their confidence, learn from other more experienced colleagues and generally get some great ideas about their future.”
With the aim to get more work experience and apprenticeship placements available by 2020, Beth Gardner explained that currently only one in four employers offer any form of work experience.
However with work-based learning on the increase and the government commited to creating three million new apprenticeships, Beth believes it is vital that all learners receive a high quality work experience placement.
She added: “We were really pleased to be able to award PET-Xi with the Work Experience Quality Standard award during Work Experience Week.
“We rarely award a gold standard at the first attempt but we were really impressed with the genuine commitment of PET-Xi to help young people who face real challenges.
“PET-Xi has a strong history of delivering outcomes for learners and their work experience and Traineeship programme will enhance this even further, and allow more young people to be supported into further education or employment.
“Work Experience Week is the perfect time to demonstrate their commitment to making a difference.”