TRAINING given to the Royal Navy’s engineers of the future has been labeled ‘outstanding’ by education watchdog Ofsted.
HMS Sultan in Gosport has been given the highest mark possible for the standard of care and welfare it gives to its engineering apprentices.
The navy base became the first military establishment in the country to receive the outstanding mark when it was last inspected in 2011 and has this year held on to the grade.
Captain Trevor Gulley, the commanding officer of HMS Sultan, said: ‘As an establishment, the care, welfare and development of our staff and trainees is at the forefront of everything we do.
‘We are delighted to have not only retained our outstanding status in the report from Ofsted but to have received additional praise for some of the improvements we have implemented since their last visit.
‘I am both delighted and grateful to all of the personnel involved, whose efforts continue to make HMS Sultan a fantastic community to work within.’
HMS Sultan delivers around 200,000 man training days every year, through the Defence School of Marine Engineering and Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School which are based at the site.
Recently the Royal Navy has introduced new programmes at HMS Sultan for the training of its engineers including a new initial training course which sees recruits take on another 11 weeks hands-on training to prepare for them for work on the ships of the fleet.
The Ofsted inspection took place in January, and was one of nine which took place at military bases across the country.
Defence minister Anna Soubry said: ‘Initial training is the bedrock of our armed forces and lays the foundation upon which our young men and women can progress and build successful careers in the future.
‘I am therefore delighted that Ofsted, following rigorous assessment, has graded our establishments as either good or outstanding.
‘This continues the trend of year-on-year improvement and reaffirms our enduring commitment to achieving the very best for our recruits, cadets and trainees.’