Following inspection of its ALEX apprenticeship programme, Markerstudy has been assessed as ‘Good’ by Ofsted’s Further Education and Skills framework. The first full inspection, carried out in August, reviewed four areas: The quality of education; Behaviour and Attitudes; Personal Development and Leadership and Management.
Ewan Freeman, Apprenticeship Programme Manager at Markerstudy, commented: “Ofsted inspections are extremely thorough, and knowing that most employer providers receive a ‘Requires Improvement’ grade on their first inspection, I am thrilled with our result. The inspectors paid particular attention to the individual programmes our apprentices are currently working towards, including our Level 3 Automotive Glazing and Level 2 Customer Service apprenticeship programmes within our Auto Windscreens division.”
Markerstudy also runs an annual development programme called ‘Shooting Stars’, designed for high achievers. Two of the 2019/20 graduates overcame significant personal challenges during the pandemic to attain distinctions in Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship and a level 2 qualification in maths and English, having no previous academic record.
Tanya Gerrard-White, Director of Group HR and Talent Development at Markerstudy said “Ricky Grainger (Business Trainer, Markerstudy Broking, Cradley Heath) and Alex Eichner (Development Manager, M-powered, Tunbridge Wells) epitomise what Shooting Stars is all about. The programme recognises that everyone is capable of achieving greatness, even when the odds are stacked against them!”
Notes to editors:
Markerstudy Group of Companies, headquartered in Kent, was established in 2001. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, the group has more than 3,500 employees and holds an Investors in People Gold award.
As the UK’s largest MGA, Markerstudy Insurance Services Limited supports over 1,000 broker partners and in excess of 3m policyholders with a wide variety of insurance services.
In 2020, the group became the UK’s 5th largest motor insurance provider following the acquisition of Co-op Insurance’s underwriting business and commenced a 13-year partnership to provide home and motor insurance products under the Co-op brand.
The Group’s portfolio includes the Markerstudy Broking division, which comprises a number of brands including Brightside Insurance and Insurance Factory – one of the UK’s largest affinity based insurance intermediaries for pet insurance.
Also under the group umbrella are Auto Windscreens, VisionTrack and Vision Vehicle Solutions and brands Geoffrey Insurance and Zenith Insurance.