Apprenticeship Levy – Time is running away

There is no doubt about it the Apprenticeship Levy is here and here to stay.  The SFA haven’t made life easy for providers and employer/providers with the window of opportunity to apply for the Register of Apprentice Training Providers (RoATP) only being some 17 working days until it closes at 1700hrs on Friday 25th November.

Times are most definetly changing but are they for the best?  Only time will tell.  My personal view presently is that the changes are a step in the right direction but only if indeed embraced by employers and training providers alike.  I see the introduction of the levy as an opportunity for employers to engage their staff further and provide more constructive and purposeful talent plans to meet not only their needs an employer but also meeting customers needs and as improtantly developing the skills of thier staff.   Whether this is acheived through self delivery model, outsourcing thier provision or indeed a combination of both there are definite gains to be made for all.

Irrespective of the model an employer choses there is a considerable amount of management support requried to ensure that guidelines, rules, standards etc. are complied with from the outset.

Help is here

Contact us to support us through you levy journey to ensure that you are ‘ready for the levy’.  Our services include:

  • Completing your RoATP application
  • Preparing and Planning for the Levy
  • Developing your delivery
  • Developing learning and assessment resources
  • Management and Strategic Support Services
  • Recruitment
  • Managing Quality Assurance
  • carry out due diligence on sub contract provision
  • Managing sub contract provision
  • Curriculum development
  • Implementing and managing Management Information Systems

For further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with us

Definitive Timelines for Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers

The Skills Funding Agency have outlined more definitive timelines for the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).  They are expecting some 4,000 tender responses to the RoATP.

The register will remain open until 1700 hours on Friday 25th November.  The have also now stated that feedback will be provided to applicants on the 6th March 2017 with the RoATP published on the 7th March 2017.

It must be me, but these timelines seem rather bizarre and indeed can lead to employers and training providers being confused and impinge on planning and preparation for all involved.