The launch of the Apprenticeship reforms are just around the corner. Debbie Scotton, Business Development Manager at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College discusses how the process for choosing a training provider is set to change in light of these reforms.
Changes from May 2017
“The initial impact from May this year will be on those employers who will be paying into the levy, i.e. those whose annual PAYE bill is over £3million.
“These employers will set up their Apprenticeship Account via which they will only be able to access Apprenticeship delivery from a training provider. These providers will be selected from the Register for Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).
“This process will also be rolled out to non-levy payers over the next few years.”
“As part of the reforms, all frameworks will be replaced with new standards. A major change within these new standards will be that they will all require an end point assessment. This assessment will be delivered by a separate training provider. Again, employers will only be able to select from the Register of Assessment Organisations.
“The aim of these registers is to give employers ‘a level of assurance that the providers they are using have the capacity and capability to delivery good quality apprenticeship training,’ (Gov.uk).
“As an approved training provider, we already have over 500 employer partners and train around 1,800 Apprentices across seven main sector areas.
We are working closely with employers to ensure a smooth transition from frameworks and to support them through the changes to funding.”
“We’d encourage any employer who is thinking about taking on an Apprentice to get in touch with our Business Development Team today: