The future of one of the UK’s largest adult-training providers is in question after it failed to block publication of a critical report by Ofsted inspectors.
An injunction obtained by Learndirect against the publication of the report was lifted on Monday.
The Ofsted report is understood to raise concerns about the management of apprenticeship study and high levels of students not completing their courses.
The company said it was “extremely disappointed” with the verdict.
It is understood the Sheffield-based company, which offers apprenticeships and adult training to thousands of trainees in sites across England, was awarded the lowest possible grade – grade four – by inspectors.
An investigation by the trade magazine FE week has revealed the company had been issued with warning notices by the Skills Funding Agency.
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Britain’s largest provider of further education and adult skills is facing an uncertain future after it tried to suppress a damning report by the education watchdog.
Learndirect was told that its apprenticeships were ineffective and that its oversight was weak. The inspection has cast doubt on the future of government training contracts worth £158 million. The company fought a protracted legal battle to suppress Ofsted’s findings, warning that it could lead to the withdrawal of public funds and tip the company into administration.