The Department for Education (DfE) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) have published their register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP), making sure that anyone taking an apprenticeship is doing so with a top-quality, registered provider. This has generated mixed feelings across the sector. Many providers are celebrating the success of their application whilst others are wondering what direction their business will now take.
Levy-paying employers will be able to choose their apprenticeship training delivery from this rigorously assessed, high-quality provider base for all apprentices starting their programmes from May 2017.
The register is a crucial milestone in delivering the government’s wider reforms to make apprenticeships more rigorous, better structured, independently assessed and more clearly aligned to the needs of employers.
Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon said: “Giving employers control over their apprenticeships needs and funding is an essential feature of our plan to create an apprenticeships and skills nation. Our new register of apprenticeship providers will mean that only organisations that have passed our quality assurance can deliver apprenticeships.”
“We are giving employers the confidence to do business with high-quality training providers, and making sure that individuals can benefit from gold-standard routes as they climb the ladder of opportunity.”
Read the full FE News article here.
Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) commented: “Congratulations to all providers who have made it on first time – it is no small achievement. For those who are disappointed, there is the opportunity to reapply before the end of March. Our advice is to study carefully the feedback you have received before you try again.”
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