ESFA suspends another 23 providers from recruiting apprentices

Twenty three more new training providers have received temporary bans on recruiting apprentices following early Ofsted inspections that found them making poor progress.

Since October 2018, the watchdog has been carrying out monitoring visits at every directly-funded provider which won its own contract to deliver training after April 2017.

Any that are found to be making ‘insufficient progress’ in at least one area will be suspended from recruiting unless there are “extenuating circumstances”.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency has released an updated version of the register of apprenticeship training providers for September, which shows 56 providers are currently banned from taking on apprentices.

The new additions are: 2 Sisters Food Group, AAA Training Solutions, Amdas Consultancy, Apprentice Assessments, Ashley Hunters, Azilo Training, Biffa Waste Services, Bior Business School, Contracting Services (education and skills), Fresh Training Services, Goodman Masson, Havilah Prospects, Hertfordshire Catering, Home Group, Matrix Solutions International, Medivet Group, Prospect Training (Yorkshire), Rita’s Training Services, SHL Training Solutions, SSG Services, The Academy Hub, Wiser Academy and YMCA George Williams Company.

Inspectors visiting employer provider 2 Sisters Food Group found that “too often, line managers do not release apprentices from the production roles to attend off-the-job training workshops, due to work pressures and the need to meet production targets”. It had 62 apprentices at the time of the inspection.

A provider to 97 apprentices, Amdas Consultancy was found by inspectors to have not gathered information to help them fully understand the reasons why many apprentices are on a break from their training.

Inspectors wrote national waste disposal employer Biffa’s implementation of their sole standard, the level 2 large goods vehicle programme, was “weak”, and Biffa does not ensure apprentices all over the country receive their full entitlement to off-the-job training, with its 21 apprentices.

Fresh Training Services was criticised for not recruiting apprentices, of which it had 25, “with integrity”, because they had not made sure they are employed appropriately to allow them to complete an apprenticeship.

It was found by Ofsted that Prospect Training (Yorkshire) that the information it had collected about its 112 apprentices’ progress was “incomplete and inaccurate”.

Staff at YMCA George Williams College, with its ten apprentices, were found not to have “sufficient knowledge and skills of the requirements of apprenticeships to plan and deliver programmes that meet all apprentices’ needs”.

You can see all of the currently suspended providers below.

Ofsted has started conducting full inspections of new apprenticeship providers that were previously banned from taking on new starts following ‘insufficient’ monitoring reports, and awarded them grades that allow them to start recruiting again.

BNG Training, Construction Gateway, Developing Performance Partnership, Ensis Solutions, Mooreskills, NSL, T.M.S Learning and Skills Support and Vogal Group have been removed from the suspended list.

The full list of 56 providers which have been suspended:

2 SISTERS FOOD GROUP LIMITED
AAA TRAINING SOLUTIONS LIMITED
AGINCARE GROUP LIMITED
AMDAS CONSULTANCY LTD
APPRENTICE ASSESSMENTS LIMITED
ARRIVA LONDON NORTH LIMITED
ASHLEY COMMUNITY & HOUSING LTD
ASHLEY HUNTER LTD
AZILO TRAINING LIMITED
BIFFA WASTE SERVICES LIMITED
BIOR BUSINESS SCHOOL LIMITED
CARE TRAINING SOLUTIONS LTD
CATALYST LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
CENTRAL AND NORTH WEST LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
COGENT SKILLS TRAINING LIMITED
CONTRACTING SERVICES (EDUCATION AND SKILLS) LIMITED
E.Q.V. (UK) LIMITED
EMA TRAINING LIMITED
FRESH TRAINING SERVICES (UK) LIMITED
GLOUCESTERSHIRE ENTERPRISE LIMITED
GOODMAN MASSON LIMITED
HAVILAH PROSPECTS LIMITED
HERTFORDSHIRE CATERING LIMITED
HOME GROUP LIMITED
JM RECRUITMENT EDUCATION & TRAINING LTD
JT DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS LIMITED
MANATEC LIMITED
MATRIX SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
MEARS LEARNING LIMITED
MEDIVET GROUP LIMITED
MERSEY CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
MOOR TRAINING LIMITED
PIPER TRAINING LIMITED
POOLE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
PREMIER NURSING AGENCY LIMITED
PROSPECT TRAINING (YORKSHIRE) LIMITED
PROSPECTS TRAINING INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
RIGHT TRACK SOCIAL ENTERPRISE LIMITED
RITA’S TRAINING SERVICES
SCL SECURITY LTD
SECURITAS SECURITY SERVICES (UK) LIMITED
SHL TRAINING SOLUTIONS LTD
SSG SERVICES (EST 2003) LIMITED
THE ACADEMY HUB LTD
THE BUSINESS PORTFOLIO (UK) LIMITED
THE DEVELOPMENT FUND LIMITED
THE EDUCATION AND SKILLS PARTNERSHIP LTD
THE SANDWELL COMMUNITY CARING TRUST
THE TEACHING & LEARNING GROUP LIMITED
TOOK US A LONG TIME LIMITED
TOTAL TRAINING COMPANY (UK) LIMITED
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS BRISTOL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
VORTEX TRAINING SOLUTIONS LTD
WDR LIMITED
WISER ACADEMY LIMITED
YMCA GEORGE WILLIAMS COMPANY