Specialist College and Training Provider Support

Successful Preparation For Colleges & Training Providers

With over 30 years’ experience in Further Education Brian at Cairns Consulting is able to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the training providers it supports, whether it is helping your organisation apply to the register of training organisation, developing policies, managing quality assurance, providing governance or becoming Ofsted ready; Brian is happy to work as part of your team to bring to do the things you need support with.  Projects fall into a number of areas of support:

Getting Started

  • Applying to the Register of Training Organisations (ROTO)
  • Applying to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)
  • Double Checking Applications for RoATP
  • Developing and Checking Policies for RoATP
  • Bidding for Subcontract Funding and providing Due Diligence
  • Completing local authority and other tenders for delivery of apprenticeships and training


  • Matrix Accreditations
  • Awarding Body Accreditation
  • ATA Applications
  • Marketing and Intelligence
  • Provide Bespoke Training


  • Managing the Quality of Delivery
  • Preparation for Funding Compliance Visits
  • Initial assessment planning
  • 20% OTJ Planning
  • Curriculum Planning
  • Preparation for Ofsted Visits
  • Managing Subcontracts
  • Carrying out IQA activities
  • Preparing Due Dilligence
  • Writing Policies and Procedures
  • Project Management

Mesma Insight Q and SAR

Brian is proud to be working in partnership with “Mesma Insight Q” Self-Assessment and Continuous Improvement tool where he can provide customers with a log in to complete their individual SAR assessment Report and Quality Improvement Plan under his guidance and support allowing him to work with on a continuous journey of quality improvement and Ofsted ready.

Governance and Non-Executive Directorship

Governance has been a focus of the Common Inspection Framework for a number of years. Ofsted look to see that those responsible for governance understand their role and carry this out effectively. They ensure that the provider has a clear vision and strategy and that resources are managed well. They hold leaders to account for the quality of education or training.
Brian at Cairns Consulting is able to provide external governance either by assisting and advising through his consultancy activities or if required can provide Non-Executive Directorship support if this is required by your organisation. Currently providing this support as a Trustee on Abberton Rural Training Board and supporting a number of training providers through my consultancy.

Recent Projects

Recent projects have been to successfully help several training providers with their applications to enter the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP), Developed Quality Assurance Policies and Procedures, Gained awarding body approvals, Launch Mesma insight Q with my customers, Managing Subcontractor Performance, Project Manage ESF delivery, Deliver Prevent Training Courses, assisting in planning initial assessment, 20% OTJ and curriculum plans and preparing an Ofsted readiness plan leading to a successful Ofsted monitoring visit for a new employer provider.




Chelmsford, Essex


07766 070526