6 ISSUES FOR JUST £6 Subscribe to Business & Professional Life today CLICK HERE

How to choose an Apprenticeship Levy training partner

PUBLISHED: 14:43 03 May 2017

How to choose an Apprenticeship Levy training partner (c) Highwaystarz-Photography / Thinkstock

How to choose an Apprenticeship Levy training partner (c) Highwaystarz-Photography / Thinkstock

Highwaystarz-Photography

Rachel Harber at Omega Resource Group has created a new guide that provides help and assistance for organisations who are setting up their Digital Apprenticeship Service Account, she explains the RoATP register, and what to look for when assessing a training partner

Apprenticeship Levy Overview

With payments starting in May 2017, the Apprenticeship Levy requires employers to invest in apprenticeships, with the size of the investment dependent on the size of the business.

The purpose of the levy is to encourage employers to contribute towards this rising demand for apprenticeship programmes, and to raise additional funds to improve the quality of the training schemes.

Digital Apprenticeship Service Account

Employers are encouraged to register as soon as possible for an Online Apprenticeship Service Account which has been set up by the government to support the levy.

The digital service is similar to an online banking account, whereby Apprenticeship Levy funds are paid into each month, with the first balance being available at the end of May 2017.

A digital apprenticeship service account enables an employer to manage their funds and programme and assists in financial spend and the recruitment of apprentices through approved training providers.

How it helps employers:

• Management of funds

• Address skills shortages

• Invest in the skills and training

A key feature of the accounts is that it enables businesses to select and pay for Government-approved training providers.

Government Approved Training

All employers must choose an apprenticeship training provider and negotiate the cost of the training.

With the implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy, the Government has decided to introduce new funding caps on each apprenticeship. This is the upper limit to which the Government funding from the digital account can be used to pay an apprentices training.

There are a proposed 15 new apprenticeship bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. This value is the maximum amount that the Government will fund from a business’ digital account.

Upon negotiation, if a value above the maximum is negotiated for any reason, the business will have to fund the additional surplus separately from the digital account.

Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)

To be eligible to deliver apprenticeship training for organisations must be listed on the (RoATP) register.

Organisations that are listed on the RoATP have been through an application process with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) that reviews:

• Due diligence

• Capability

• Quality

• Financial health

This application process assesses the training providers capability to deliver high-quality apprenticeship training.

Types of Apprenticeship Training Providers

There are three main types of approved training providers on the RoATP register, these are:

1. Main provider

Organisations that can be selected by levy paying employers to deliver apprenticeship training, or selected by another main provider to work as a subcontractor

2. Employer provider

Levy paying employers who are permitted to provide training to their own staff or to apprentices in their connected companies.

3. Supporting provider

Organisations that only deliver as a subcontractor for contract values between £100,000 and £500,000 per year in total.

It is essential to be fully aware of these options before choosing a partner as well as how RoATP records their financial health.

Understanding The Financial Health of The Training Provider

When selecting an approved training provider, companies should be aware that organisations on the RoATP register are listed in two financial heath categories, these are:

• Parent Company Guarantee

The financial health assessment for this organisation was moderated to a pass due to the submission of a parent company guarantee with their application to the RoATP.

• New Organisation Without Financial Track Record

The organisation has not been trading for a sufficient period to provide a fully complete set of financial statements as part of the RoATP application process.

The choice of provider is down to each organisation to decide upon and evaluate on their own merits.

Choosing A Training Partner

Due to the large and diverse number of training providers on the RoATP register additional research should be carried out before deciding on a partner.

• Size and reach

Find out the size, scale and geographical coverage of the training provider. Can they adequately cater for your business size and requirements?

• Pedigree

Ask them to demonstrate how they have contributed to culture changes within SME and corporate organisations.

• Contracts

Find out how often they win contracts and the size. Have they won any contracts for the English Government in conjunction with the Skills Funding Agency?

• Success rates

Find out what their training success rates are, and how many people they have

previously helped in attaining nationally accredited qualifications.

• Awarding bodies

Ask them to demonstrate their awarding and funding body rating and find out how the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) score them.

• References

Ask the training company for references you can contact from similar organisations.

Download Full Guide: INCLUDING AN ‘FREE EDITABLE SUPPLIER ASSESMENT TEMPLATE’

Omega Resource has created a full guide providing help and assistance for organisations on what to look for when assessing a training partner.

Included in the free guide:

• Apprenticeship Levy overview

• Digital Apprenticeship Service Account

• Government approved training

• RoATP register of apprenticeship training providers

• Training provider types and financial health

• A free ‘Supplier Assessment Template’

Rachel Harber, HR & Operations Director, Omega Resource GroupRachel Harber, HR & Operations Director, Omega Resource Group

About Omega

Omega Resource Group Ltd is an ISO registered, multi award-winning resource solutions business, designing and supplying recruitment solutions internationally. Recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing recruitment specialists, Omega Resource Group serves the majority of specialised industry sectors including automotive, aerospace, construction, manufacturing, energy, professional services and logistics.

With UK offices in Stonehouse, Liverpool, Tewkesbury, Swindon and further international locations in the Middle East, Omega Resource Group is one of the largest recruitment solutions provider headquartered in the South West region, recognised in the Top 25 of the fastest growing businesses in Gloucestershire 2016 and was shortlisted as Growth Business of the Year in the Gloucestershire Business Awards 2016.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Cotswold Life

Friday, November 16, 2018

“‘Flexitarians’ can do one though, being alleged vegetarians who still can’t resist the sizzling siren song of the bacon sandwich when no-one is looking.” Editor Mike Lowe is attempting to seek reconciliation with those he has annoyed… well, sort of.

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Choral carol services and grand instrumental performances, with the backdrop of some of the Cotswolds most picturesque locations, are perfect ways to embrace the festivities. We pick some of the best carol services and concerts to enjoy in the region

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

“This letting to Oxford nanoSystems is a fantastic example of how we are able to provide first class facilities for growing technology companies at Abingdon Business Park.”

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

One of the UK’s leading training and education specialists has launched a skills hub in Nuneaton

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

“The logistics hub is another example of where we have worked in partnership to support skills needs in the area and link our student body with future job opportunities.”

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

“It was fantastic to see how this project is making a real difference to the lives of young people at risk of social exclusion.”

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

It has become the 90th store to accept the gift card in Cheltenham

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

As well as three days of action-packed racing and tradition, there’s plenty to do away from the course at this year’s November Meeting. Neil Phillips, The Wine Tipster, shares his 14 suggestions on how to make the most of your time at Cheltenham Racecourse

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

From festive light switch-ons and Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas Fayres and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in and around the Cotswolds this season

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Property prices across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds have risen steadily over the last few years, reflecting the trend across the country. But which area has shown the most dramatic hike in prices recently, and how does your postcode and house type compare with others in the area? You may be surprised to see the results...

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wine Wednesday’s with Vintopia of Tetbury.

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Festive a la carte menu launches in Grey’s Brasserie from 26th November.

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Cotswold Life readers enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with our compliments when joining us for our Autumn Feast Lunch Offer.

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Harnessing the power of social media, charity awards and dreaming up new projects - it’s all in a day’s work for Gloucestershire children’s charity Pied Piper and its corporate supporters

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search