Gov Changes Apprenticeship Rules

Posted: 27th of November 2018 by Lewis Scott

Companies at risk - Government changes apprenticeship rules for companies to comply for funding

This week the government announced changes to apprenticeships regarding employers and how they operate. The government has updated and 'toughened' their regulations for employers to be placed on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). This is to only allow those who are eligible to be placed on the RoATP, to access government funding.


Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers

In order to achieve a place on the RoATP, providers and employers alike must prove they have been trading for 12 months, are financially competent and have the necessary skills to train apprentices to the best of their ability. Providers and employers must also provide evidence of their financial welfare along with their competency to deliver the standard of training prior to the apprentice applying.

The application process to be placed on the RoATP will begin on the 12th December 2018 and will run throughout the year. This is to allow providers to apply when they feel they are ready and will only be allowed two application attempts in a 12 month period.


Education Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA)

The focus is clear; to remove sub-standard training to apprentices and improve the general skill-gap. Eileen Miller, ESFA Chief Executive stated that; "We all share one thing in common – stamping out poor quality apprenticeship provision. We are also being tougher on subcontractors entering the market, to ensure a focus on quality training and mitigate risk to government funds.”

Apprenticeship standards are hoping to be improved due to these changes and stricter regulations. This is good news for apprentices as they are likely to receive better training and therefore chances of progressing successfully.


Updated Register Requirements

- By August 2019 organisations must be on the RoATP if they are to receive government funding, including those delivering less than £100k per year as subcontractors

- Main providers must directly deliver training to the apprentice whereas employers who want to be listed as subcontractors need to apply to become listed as a supporting provider

- All providers currently on the RoATP will have to go through the process again and re-apply

- Supporting providers will be limited to £500,000 per year, with this being limited to £100,000 in their first year if there is no recent apprenticeship delivery evidence

Fundamentally, training providers, if they want to have any meaningful funding from the government, must comply with RoATP regulations. Those who fail to meet the registration requirements will not be funded and therefore lose significant, (if not all) their authority and ability to provide training to apprentices.

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