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
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
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
Wiser Academy Limited
YMCA George Williams Company