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
AMDAS CONSULTANCY LTD
ARRIVA LONDON NORTH LIMITED
ASHLEY COMMUNITY & HOUSING LTD
ASHLEY HUNTER LTD
ASHORNE HILL MANAGEMENT COLLEGE
ASPECTS CARE 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
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
MATRIX SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
NEW MODEL BUSINESS ACADEMY LIMITED
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