ESFA bans 8 more providers from recruiting apprentices

Another eight apprenticeship providers have been stopped from doing new business after being rapped by Ofsted.

The penalties were revealed in the latest update to the register of apprenticeship training providers, released today by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

In accordance with ESFA rules, any new provider found to be making ‘insufficient progress’ in at least one area of an early monitoring visit from the inspectorate will be suspended from recruiting unless there are “extenuating circumstances”.

The eight to receive bans after poor Ofsted performances are: Azesta Limited, Care-Ex Services Limited, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, E G S Nationwide Limited, Gower College Swansea, Kingswood Learning And Leisure Group Limited, New Model Business Academy Limited and South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

They are among a list of 49 providers that are currently suspended from taking on new apprentices, which is a reduction on the 56 bans reported by the ESFA in September.

Since then, 10 of the 56 have left the apprenticeships register altogether and can no longer deliver the programmes in any capacity.

These are: Apprentice Assessments Limited, Care Training Solutions Ltd, JT Development Solutions Limited, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Moor Training Limited, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, SCL Security Ltd, The Academy Hub Ltd, The Business Portfolio (UK) Limited and Vortex Training Solutions Ltd.

And five of the 56 have had their suspensions lifted after achieving at least a grade three in a full Ofsted inspection, or found to be making ‘reasonable progress’ in safeguarding if that was the only area that failed during their first monitoring visit.

These are: Contracting Services (education and skills) Limited, EMA Training Limited, JM Recruitment Education & Training Ltd, Medivet Group Limited and The Education and Skills Partnership Ltd.

The full list of the 49 apprenticeship providers which have current recruitment suspensions (as of 12 November):

2 Sisters Food Group Limited

AAA Training Solutions Limited

Agincare Group Limited

Amdas Consultancy Ltd

Arriva London North Limited

Ashley Community & Housing Ltd

Ashley Hunter Ltd

Azesta Limited

Azilo Training Limited

Biffa Waste Services Limited

Bior Business School Limited

Care-Ex Services Limited

Catalyst Learning and Development Limited

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (recently achieved a grade 3 and will soon be removed from the ESFA’s banned list)

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Cogent Skills Training Limited

E G S Nationwide Limited

E.Q.V. (UK) Limited

Fresh Training Services (UK) Limited

Gloucestershire Enterprise Limited

Goodman Masson Limited

Gower College Swansea

Havilah Prospects Limited

Hertfordshire Catering Limited

Home Group Limited

Kingswood Learning and Leisure Group Limited

Manatec Limited

Matrix Solutions International Limited

Mears Learning Limited

New Model Business Academy Limited

Piper Training Limited

Premier Nursing Agency Limited

Prospect Training (Yorkshire) Limited

Prospects Training International Limited

Right Track Social Enterprise Limited

Rita’s Training Services

Securitas Security Services (UK) Limited

SHL Training Solutions Ltd

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

SSG Services (Est 2003) Limited

The Development Fund Limited

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

WDR Limited

Wiser Academy Limited

YMCA George Williams Company