We are responsible for making sure all training funded through National Training Programmes (NTPs) is of high quality and benefits the learner.

All our funded learning providers are required to demonstrate that they meet SDS quality standards by completing a self assessment and action plan detailing areas of improvement.

Self Assessment (SA) and Quality Action Plan (QAP)

All providers should read the new Quality Assurance and Improvement Framework and Guidance documents before starting their self assessment process. Use the new Self Assessment and Quality Action Plan workbook to record your actions, achievements and improvements.

Links to: 

Quality Assurance and Improvement Framework April 2018

Quality Assurance and Improvement Framework Self Assessment Guidance April 2018

Self Assessment and Quality Action Plan Workbook

Exemplar Self Assessment and Quality Action Plan Workbook April 2018 This document has been created using a fictional training provider and is intended as a supplementary tool to support the Quality Assurance and Improvement Framework Self Assessment Guidance April 2018.  The information included in the exemplar is intended purely as a guide to the standard we expect and we appreciate that each organisations submission will vary according to the nature and profile of your SDS funded contract.

Further Information

Providers are required to submit to SDS their Self Assessment and Quality Action Plan by the end of April each year. The documents should be sent to the SDS Quality Assurance Mailbox: SDSQualityAssurance@sds.co.uk.

Both documents will be reviewed by one of our Quality Assessors.  You will be informed if the documents are acceptable within 3  weeks of sending your submission.   If there are any gaps or if information you have provided is not clear, you will be informed of the areas which require to be addressed and will be asked to revise and resubmit.  Your Quality Assessor will advise you on what specific action is needed and can offer additional support if required.

The Quality Action Plan will be monitored throughout the year by your SDS Skills Investment Adviser as part of their contract management activity.

All completed documentation should be sent to the Quality Mailbox.

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