New Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)
The Skills Funding Agency has introduced a new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) for any organisation wishing to deliver apprenticeships from May 2017. The register application process will open for applications approximately four times a year. More detail about the register can be found on the government webpages and via their webinar home pages.
To assist with preparatory work for organisations considering applying to be on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, the EEIAS has produced a set of information slides with the links to the published documents, links to the official application e-tendering portal, and a summary of the questions that are asked. An overarching introductory webinar to the Register has also been produced which can be viewed here.
The Digital Apprenticeship Service
The Digital Apprentice Service is a Skills Funding Agency designed system which goes live in April 2017. It will have five key functions:
Apprenticeship Funding Rules
The Skills Funding Agency produce rules each academic year for those accessing public funding for apprenticeships. The documents can be found on the following webpages:
The Apprenticeship Levy
This webpage provides a summary of key Levy announcements. More detailed information can be found on the Levy webpages of Energy & Utility Skills.
On 9 December 2016 the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) created a new narrated presentation to explain the main features of the digital apprenticeship service. The video is aimed at levying-paying employers, and outlines the employer journey from the account home screen and registration to the funding and apprentice management sections. It shows screenshots taken from the prototype system (please note these are still in development and may be changed before the service is fully live in May 2017). You can view the presentation on the Skills Funding Agency YouTube channel.
On 25 October 2016 the Skills Funding Agency released more information on the operation of the Levy. For further details please click here.
On 19 September 2016 HRMC released a technical consultation seeking comments on the first set of draft regulations for the Apprenticeship Levy. Responses are due by 14 November 2016. For more information please click here.
For general information about the Apprenticeship Levy, and a Levy calculator, published by the Department for Education, please click here.
The Skills Funding Agency has also produced some webinars on the Apprenticeship Levy, which can be accessed here.
Ofsted and Apprentice Training Providers
Apprenticeship providers approved on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, either as an ‘employer-provider’ or a ‘main provider’, will fall within scope of Ofsted inspections. For further information about Ofsted please click here.