According to the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), recent figures obtained from the Skills Funding Agency show that over 75% of apprenticeships are now being delivered by independent training providers (ITPs). This is higher than the figure previously announced by skills minister, Nick Boles, back in November 2015 when it was predicted that 60% of apprenticeships were delivered by ITP’s.
499,900 apprenticeships were started in 2014-15, with 76% of those being delivered by ITPs. 40% of apprenticeships which commenced in a college were also outsourced to an ITP. This information highlights the importance of training providers in regard to the success of apprenticeships and is crucial at a time when the apprenticeship levy could change the future of how apprenticeships are delivered and funded. Consequently, the AELP are campaigning to ensure that the funding allocation system recognises and reflects accordingly the contribution of ITPs.
Reforms over recent years have placed the focus on employers when it comes to developing new trailblazer apprenticeships specific to each sector. While this will ensure the apprenticeships will be of value to the employer and the industry concerned, this doesn’t take into consideration the impact that the training provider will have on the running and delivery of the programme. These figures confirm that ITPs should be driving the programmes forward alongside the employers as it is they who know how to meet the employer’s needs, and should be a key part in the discussions over the coming months.
If you’re considering hiring an apprentice, working with a training provider opposed to running a programme yourself has proven benefits. Here at Aspire Training Team, we have received not only an Outstanding Ofsted grade but also the Beacon Award for Training Excellence, the matrix standard, recognition form Investors in People and top grades from City & Guilds. For more information about working with us to provide and apprenticeship programme in your business, you can contact the team on 01202 551553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.