On Thursday 15 May, officials from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Department for Work and Pensions and Deputy Prime Minister’s Office visited bksb to hear how the company has grown from its humble beginnings at West Nottinghamshire College through to the present day, as well as see the company’s goals for the future.
The day began with a tour around the bksb office, giving the government officials the chance to see how the team works, and how changes in government policy effects work and development plans.
The visitors were keen to see how far the company had progressed since its inception, so were taken on a journey back to 1994 when the first-ever screeners and assessments were created, as well as being shown the latest products in more detail by our Training and Education Manager, Carol Smith. They were also impressed to hear how the solutions are implemented by schools, colleges, and training providers to develop learners and assist tutors with Functional Skills and GCSE delivery.
Part of the morning was set aside for a Q and A, as they were eager to see how the company responds to changes in the curriculum, and hear more about the new GCSE products which have recently been developed.
After visiting the bksb office, they went on to West Nottinghamshire College to see how the bksb solutions are used throughout the college, by students and staff of all ages and all abilities, and discussed with members from all schools of learning how technology is incorporated into teaching and learning programmes throughout the college.
Managing Director of bksb, Harvinder Atwal said: “It was an honour for us to welcome such key figures to our offices. We are just as committed as we were 19 years ago to being at the forefront of educational changes in English and maths, and ensuring we continue to meet the needs of our students and respond to the key drivers on education and learning, and this visit just shows how recognised we are for supporting the national picture.”