The Register of Apprenticeship Providers (RoATP) has seen an increase in employers putting themselves forward to become employer providers, and it is likely this will increase when the new register entrants are shared in January.
So, firstly, why would an employer wish to become a training provider?
There are many reasons why employers may be considering applying for employer-provider status, whereby the employer delivers apprenticeship training directly to their employees rather than outsourcing to an external training provider:
- Maintain control
- Potentially lower costs
- Train within your business’s culture and ethos
- More 16-18 incentive payments (employer-providers are entitled to receive both the employer and provider payments)
Although this all sounds straightforward on the surface, the new rules and regulations that govern apprenticeships as part of the apprenticeship reforms offer some food for thought. To become an employer-provider, employers must apply to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to be included on the RoATP. This will include due diligence checks on your organisation and directors, financial checks, and an assessment of your organisation’s capability to deliver high quality apprenticeship training.Continue reading