This year, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is making changes to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (ROATP).
The ESFA is aiming to encourage training providers to only register where there is an identified skills need. The changes will also ensure that training providers remaining on the register are the most “skilled and experienced”.
These changes, outlined below, will come into place in the first half of 2021.
- Widening the ROATP entry conditions to allow more training providers to join “where they can demonstrate they are catering to critical workers, and have a linked employer’s endorsement stating that the provision addresses the skills needs currently of greatest priority”. This will change from 1st March 2021, with the ESFA to review as required.
- The ESFA will consider removing any training providers that are not actively delivering training and have not been active within a period of six months. This will take effect from May 2021.
- A refresh of the ROATP will begin in May 2021. The ESFA will ask all remaining training providers to re-apply to the register under new application criteria.
- The ESFA has given notice that the Conditions of Acceptance to the ROATP have been updated. These updates will be effective from 10th May 2021.
This tightening is, in the ESFA’s words, to ensure that the ROATP only includes “high quality, financially stable, skilled, and experienced” training providers.
To learn more, visit the GOV.UK Guidance page.