Caption: Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street joins members of the PET-Xi team and adult learners on one of the training provider’s fully funded courses.

Leaders at a Coventry-based national training provider have been praised for their ambition to support those with significant barriers to learning in the business’s very first Ofsted report.

PET-Xi, which has been operating for 26 years, has achieved a ‘Good’ rating after receiving its first full Ofsted inspection.

The training provider received an Ofsted inspection as it now delivers a number of funded programmes to learners which include adult learning and employability programmes as well as apprenticeship qualifications.

In the report, PET-Xi was praised for its structured and focused lessons, its work with employers to ensure that apprentices understand how theoretical concepts relate to practical work, prioritising the safety of learners and staff, and its effective governing body.

The report also states: “Leaders are ambitious for their learners and apprentices and have a clear purpose and strategy to support those who have significant barriers to learning and employment, such as previously poor experiences of education.”

It also notes that the majority of learners who follow courses and have interviews with employers move into employment.

Fleur Sexton, managing director of PET-Xi, said: “Achieving a Good rating from Ofsted is wonderful recognition for the whole team at PET-Xi.

“It’s a rigorous inspection which scrutinises every process, and this demonstrates that the quality of learning provided at PET-Xi is consistently good.

“Our learners are at the heart of everything we do. We work with people from all different backgrounds to provide them with a personalised pathway which meets their needs.

“We are also working incredibly hard with authorities like the West Midlands Combined Authority to help get adults back into work and education and rebuild communities post Covid.

“I would like to say a huge well done to everyone in the team. Every single person has a very important role to play and works incredibly hard to help achieve the best outcomes for our learners.”