• ESFA finally launches 'tougher' apprenticeship provider register

    The “tougher” register of apprenticeship training providers has finally reopened, more than a year after the last window closed. It’s now open indefinitely – meaning that providers can apply on a rolling basis, rather than having to wait for an application window. It comes almost 15 months after the Education and Skills Funding Agency revealed

    16.01 Dec. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Confusion for new providers on RoATP over compulsory training

    Hundreds of training providers don’t know when they can start apprenticeship programmes, because the government has failed to inform them of the mandatory training they need to complete first. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has added over 500 companies to the register of apprenticeship training providers, but FE Week has found that none were

    14.00 May. 19th, 2017 | News

  • ‘Alarming’: ESFA still giving one-man bands access to millions

    Labour has demanded an investigation into the way providers are selected for the register of apprenticeship training providers – after a new company with one employee run from home made it onto the list. The updated register was published this week by the Education and Skills Funding Agency – and Learn for Free Ltd, which

    9.36 May. 19th, 2017 | News

  • Exclusive: New Ofsted chief 'worried' about apprenticeship register

    The new chief inspector at Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, has spoken to FE Week of her concern following publication of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. In a wide ranging interview on March 17, Ms Spielman was asked about the impact RoATP would have on Ofsted’s resource, given it represents a near doubling of the number of providers that

    21.47 Mar. 18th, 2017 | News

  • No Birmingham colleges make apprenticeships register

    The nation’s second largest city may not have an FE college delivering apprenticeships when the levy launches in April, as none of its colleges has made it onto the new register of apprenticeship training providers. Birmingham Metropolitan College, Bournville College, South and City College and Solihull College were all missing from the list published by

    12.00 Mar. 17th, 2017 | News

  • Colleges delivering hundreds of apprenticeships 'surprised' to be left off new provider register

    A number of major apprenticeship delivering colleges are “stunned”, “disappointed” and “frustrated” at not being on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. As reported by FE Week, the Skills Funding Agency yesterday published the full list of providers that will be eligible to deliver apprenticeships from May. Among the colleges with significant current apprenticeship

    12.34 Mar. 15th, 2017 | News

  • Company shuts down just days before SFA gives them green light for apprenticeship delivery

    Update, November 1, 2017: The company has now confirmed to FE Week that it is continuing to operate, following a change of ownership.   A private training provider is on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Provider despite having ‘ceased trading’. Hertfordshire-based Apple Training Academy is listed as a main provider on the list published

    14.46 Mar. 15th, 2017 | News

  • SFA apprenticeship tender for small employers rejected by quarter of providers

    A quarter of apprenticeship providers have declined the opportunity compete for an SFA contract to deliver training to small and medium sized businesses from next May. The new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, which providers have to be on if they want to deliver apprenticeship starts from May 1 next year, closed for applications at 5pm

    17.29 Nov. 28th, 2016 | News