ESFA suspends 24 more providers from recruiting apprentices

Twenty four apprenticeship providers have been suspended from taking on new starts after receiving poor Ofsted ratings so far in 2020.

In accordance with Education and Skills Funding Agency 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 temporarily stopped from recruiting unless there are “extenuating circumstances”.

The register of apprenticeship training providers was updated today and shows that a further 24 providers have been hit with the penalty since FE Week’s last stock take of banned providers in November.

They are among a list of 46 providers (see in full below) that are currently suspended from taking on new apprentices, which is a reduction on the 49 bans reported by the ESFA in November.

Since then, 18 of the 49 have left the apprenticeships register altogether and can no longer deliver the programmes in any capacity.

These are: Biffa Waste Services Limited, Care-Ex Services Limited, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, E.Q.V. (UK) Limited, Fresh Training Services (UK) Limited, Goodman Masson Limited, Havilah Prospects Limited, Hertfordshire Catering Limited, Mears Learning Limited, Piper Training Limited, Premier Nursing Agency Limited, Right Track Social Enterprise Limited, Securitas Security Services (UK) Limited, HL Training Solutions Ltd, The Sandwell Community Caring Trust, Total Training Company (UK) Limited, WDR Limited, and YMCA George Williams Company.

And nine of the 49 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: Agincare Group Limited, Azilo Training Limited, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, Kingswood Learning and Leisure Group Limited, Prospect Training (Yorkshire) Limited, SSG Services (Est 2003) Limited, The Development Fund Limited, Took Us A Long Time Limited and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

The full list of the 46 apprenticeship providers which have current recruitment suspensions as of 7 April (those in bold are new to the banned list since November):

2 SISTERS FOOD GROUP LIMITED

AAA TRAINING SOLUTIONS LIMITED

ACTIVE LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT LIMITED

ALDRIDGE EDUCATION

AMDAS CONSULTANCY LTD

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH LIMITED

ASHLEY COMMUNITY & HOUSING LTD

ASHLEY HUNTER LTD

ASHORNE HILL MANAGEMENT COLLEGE

ASPECTS CARE LIMITED

AZESTA LIMITED

BIOR BUSINESS SCHOOL LIMITED

BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC

CATALYST LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT LIMITED

COGENT SKILLS TRAINING LIMITED

COMPLETE TRAINING & ASSESSMENT LIMITED

CS TRAINING UK LIMITED

DIANTHAS LTD

DIVAD TRAINING LIMITED

E G S NATIONWIDE LIMITED

EMPOWERMENT CENTRE, TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY SERVICES LTD

FAIRWAY TRAINING (HEALTHCARE) LIMITED

GENIUS SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS LIMITED

GENIUS SOLUTIONS LIMITED

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ENTERPRISE LIMITED

GOWER COLLEGE SWANSEA

HOME GROUP LIMITED

JD ACADEMY LIMITED

KEYSTONE TRAINING LTD

LONDON DESIGN AND ENGINEERING UTC

MANATEC LIMITED

MATRIX SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

NEW MODEL BUSINESS ACADEMY LIMITED

PHOENIX4TRAINING LLP

PRINCIPAL SKILLS LIMITED

PROSPECTS TRAINING INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

RAPID IMPROVEMENT LIMITED

RITA’S TRAINING SERVICES

SOUTH EAST COAST AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

THE BUSINESS PORTFOLIO (UK) LIMITED

THE CHIEF CONSTABLE OF NORTHUMBRIA

THE TEACHING & LEARNING GROUP LIMITED

TVS EDUCATION LIMITED

WELCOME SKILLS LIMITED

WILLING AND ABLE LIMITED

WISER ACADEMY LIMITED