A Look at Our Innovative New Space – A Home from Home
A Look at Our Innovative New Space – A Home from Home
Following significant growth over the last 12 months, we are delighted to be welcoming employees to a brand new state-of-the-art office, which includes themed meeting areas, a wheel of fortune style employee recognition scheme, greenery throughout the building, and modern break areas with fresh coffee machines.
We have made a significant investment, as we believe that an inspiring office environment combined with a more flexible approach to working will play a vital role in our future. This is reflective in the fact that despite the pandemic and with the majority of staff working from home, we have seen an increase in learner registrations across our qualifications and the team have expanded to support this growth. As a result, we have outgrown our current office and have built an innovative new space on The Lancaster Business Park, filled with the latest technology to improve communication and collaboration.
The new office, Ascentis House, is designed to inspire creativity and be a home from home for our growing team of over 150 employees, who will be taking their first steps back into an office environment when the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. Ascentis has worked with interior designers Opus 4 to create an inspiring work environment with various modern spaces to promote well-being and a positive workplace culture. This includes quiet areas for reading or relaxing with acoustic chairs; social areas with gaming consoles, a pool table and netball hoop; an indoor herb garden; and an outdoor seating area.
Phil Wilkinson, Group CEO of Ascentis, said: “The key to our outstanding success as an educational charity over the past few years has undoubtedly been our wonderful staff who have worked with great skill and dedication to transform people’s lives through the power of education. It is only right that we should now acknowledge their great efforts by providing them with the best possible office environment – one which is inspiring and innovative as well as incredibly functional. I’m sure that our amazing new office will support our strong ‘one team’ ethos and help us to continue to grow our services across the UK and overseas.”
During the move to our new office, Ascentis has donated surplus laptops to a wonderful local cause, Laptops for Kids, who supply schools and charities with technology to bridge the digital divide and to support those in need.
In a recent survey, 100% of employees said they would recommend Ascentis as a great place to work. Ascentis and our subsidiary IDLS hope to continue our mission of creating life changing opportunities for all from our new location, whilst aiming to be the best place to work in the local area.
Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service Speaking about Ascentis English & Maths Stepping Stones
Ascentis has a fantastic suite of English and Maths Stepping Stones qualifications which enable learners to focus on specific skills, build their confidence and progress onto further learning. This testimonial video features Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service who outline the benefits to them and their learners of using these qualifications.
The City of Liverpool College Speaking about Ascentis Access to Higher Education
Access to HE with Ascentis - We Make a Difference. Watch our Testimonial and hear how it makes a difference to learners and the opportunities it brings.
Best Practice People Speaking about Ascentis Short Online Qualifications
The Ascentis Short Online Qualifications are delivered in many centres across the UK and help to support learners’ Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. Listen to Ascentis Customer, Best Practice People talk about how effective the Ascentis Short Online Qualifications are and how they successfully aid their NEET learners, improving skills and confidence in turn helping them secure employment.
“We are very pleased that we made the move to Ascentis for all our ESOL exams. The exams are appropriate for our learners, and lecturers find the marking manageable. As an organisation, Ascentis is a pleasure to work with. Our queries are always dealt with quickly and we are extremely well supported by our verifier.”
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our first year with Ascentis. There has been support of a high quality throughout the academic year. Support has been provided through a variety of roles including the quality managers, lead EQA’s and subject moderators.”
“We have been delighted with the impact Ascentis Extended Awards in Mathematical Skills (Stepping Stones) have had on our student’s progression towards their functional skills mathematics as well as preparing them for the completion of their GCSE. It has taught them the essential skills in mathematics which enabled them to deal with the practical problems and challenges of life – at home, in education and at work. These skills are valued by employers and further education, and are a platform on which to build other employability skills. We are also very impressed with the level of service and commitment shown by the staff of Ascentis, they are always available to help whenever help is needed.”
“The transparency and support of Ascentis has been refreshing. Our moderation process has been a pleasure and developmental feedback has always been welcomed.”
Ascentis in association with e-Memoir
Suitable for Directors of Curriculum, Access to HE Managers, Planning and Funding Managers and Data Managers.
Access to HE provision is an important part of the FE and skills offer for adults seeking to progress to HE programmes but it is facing significant challenges in the new FE and skills environment. The Skills and Post-16 Education Act and Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill as well as the reviews of qualifications at level 3 and below, greater devolution of adult funding, increased use of remote learning, and the introduction of T levels, will together put significant pressure on FE colleges and other providers to review their curriculum offer and delivery. This one-hour webinar will provide you with the most up-to-date information on the future of Access to HE in light of these changes, and some insights into how providers might respond.
It will cover
• The importance and scope of Access to HE programmes
• Funding of Access to HE programmes – Adult Education Budget and Advanced Learner Loans
• Implications of the levelling up agenda for delivery of Access to HE – upskilling and retraining
• Effective delivery mechanisms, including flexible and online learning – actions to support learners
• Future prospects for Access to HE, including progression into higher apprenticeships
• How Ascentis can enhance your Access to HE offer
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