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We are very proud to have been invited to feature as a best practice representative in the Further Education category of The Parliamentary Review 2019.

The publication aims to raise standards through sharing in-depth insight into best practice to leading UK officials and our entry highlights how our determination and innovative thinking have overcome business hurdles.

Numerous Government-related industries are covered in the various editions, from education to manufacturing, environment to technology, with forewords from leading ministers, associations and regulators.

The organisations featured are selected to show excellence in their arena and act as examples to their fellow peers.

I am delighted that we can share our experiences and knowledge with others.

I'm also extremely proud that what we do at Riverside Training has been recognised and our inclusion in The Parliamentary Review is a great opportunity to celebrate what we've accomplished to date.

It is also a tribute to the entire team who work so hard to provide our students with the best possible outcomes.

Our edition of the review is bookended by commentaries of the year in education and Westminster written by Sean Coghlan and Mark D'Arcy, the BBC's education and parliamentary correspondents respectively.

It is sent to thousands of leading policymakers including MPs, peers at the House of Lords, headteachers, Government agencies, executives and directors of companies in our sector, other training organisations and the Department for Education.

It's all very exciting stuff...and we get to go to the House of Commons Gala where we will meet senior politicians past and present and high-profile figures from politics, sport and entertainment. Previous attendees have included Tony Blair, Nick Clegg, Frank Lampard, Michael Gove and Jeremy Vine.

In the article we talk about how the previous 12 months have been particularly volatile for the business. The key content covers the issues which arose when the Government introduced changes to the way apprenticeships are funded and how, facing an uncertain future, we re-evaluated our business model while ensuring we maintained high-quality training provision - the underlying ethos on which our business was founded.

We undertook various steps from expanding our offering by increasing online short courses and adding to our portfolio of qualifications to include accountancy and digital marketing apprenticeships to successfully tendering to deliver Skills Support for the Workforce programmes in Lincolnshire.

There's also a case study featuring Spalding Primary School.

As I conclude in our submission: "Our journey has not been an easy one, and we are well aware that it isn’t over yet. There are more avenues for diversification that we wish to investigate to ensure further prosperity and success in an otherwise difficult sector. Nonetheless, I am now confident that we have a firm foundation from which to continue, and I look to the future."


About The Parliamentary Review

The Parliamentary Review is independent of parliament and the Government and is circulated to more than half a million recipients.

Chaired by Lord Pickles, former Conservative Communities Secretary, and Lord Blunkett, former Labour Home Secretary, it combines political content with contributions from sector leaders on how they have responded to the challenges they face in their economic environment and political landscape.

Each of its editions focuses on a key governmental policy area, with a variety of organisations sharing personal insight alongside cabinet ministers, government agencies, associations and trade bodies.