Procurement

As employers you select which training provider you want to use to train your apprentices from the Register. It is your chance to select the right provider, someone you feel you can work with and who can meet your requirements. Sometimes this may mean moving away from selecting providers you have used in the past and forging new partnerships. The government are very keen for you to feel empowered to spend your apprenticeship funds effectively so that you get the right training, when you need it, delivered in a way that fits with your priorities.

Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)

The Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP), is a list of organisations from which employers can choose to buy their apprenticeship training. All providers who want to deliver apprenticeship training must be on the Register and employers must choose a provider from the Register.

Providers must meet a clear set of criteria in order to be included on the Register – financial health, capacity/capability, and quality. If a provider does not meet these criteria they will not be included on the Register.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are currently reviewing the Register, reflecting on the first 18 months of its operation, and intend to re-open it for applications this year, to ensure that the Register continues to provide assurance to employers that the training providers they choose have the capacity and capability to deliver good quality apprenticeship training, supporting an increase in the quality of training for apprentices.

Non-levy employer apprenticeship funding

For non-levied employers, such as most Primary Care providers, both the employer and the government pay the training provider for apprenticeship training – currently 10% from the employer and 90% from the Government.

The Government want to make sure there is a well-managed gradual transition for smaller employers away from the previous system and onto the apprenticeship service and will, therefore, be extending current non-levy contracts for 12 months from April 2019 to March 2020.

Providers without a non-levy contract can continue to provide training directly to levy-paying employers and to non-levy payers if the employer is receiving transferred funds or they are providing training as a sub-contractor.

Non-levy paying employers receiving transfers from larger levy paying employers, can use these transferred funds to cover 100% of apprenticeship costs.

NHS employers are advised to use a formal procurement process to ensure compliance with NHS Procurement Rules. Health Education England have designed a toolkit to help you navigate the procurement process.

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