Register of apprenticeship training providers - Organisations that are eligible to receive government funding to train apprentices.
The critical worker eligibility criteria set up to cover COVID-19 requirements ended on 15 August 2021.
If you have been given a deadline to submit your critical worker application, this deadline still applies.
Who can join the register of apprenticeship training providers?
Training providers that:
fill a training need (gap in provision), and
have been named as a preferred provider in an employer business case can be invited to join the register
How can training providers join the register?
Training providers that have met these conditions will be invited to join the register. It is not possible to apply directly.
Levy paying employer providers
Levy paying employer providers should consider
their long-term skills needs
their sustainability and financial viability to deliver apprenticeship training
How can levy paying employer providers join the register?
If you are ready to apply please complete the form below:
Submitting the form does not guarantee you will be accepted on to the register. Success at this stage gives you the opportunity to submit a formal application.
How to find training for your apprentice (all other employers)
Use the find apprenticeship training service to see if there are already training providers on the register who can deliver your training. You must contact every provider found on the service.
What to do if you can’t find training for your apprentice (gaps in provision)
It may be that:
there is no training available, or
there is training available, but no registered provider is able to deliver it
If you have been unable to find a training provider for your skill needs on the finding apprenticeship training service, you must:
register your interest on the find apprenticeship training service, this flags your need to existing training providers
wait 42 working days for training providers to contact you
If you have completed all the above steps and you cannot find suitable apprenticeship training with any providers that are on the register, you can nominate a preferred training provider to join the register.
Once confirmed, your preferred training provider will be contacted with details of how to make an application to the register.
Any training provider submitting an application through the route described above will have 30 days to apply through the application route requested, from the date of invitation.
Providers that were previously graded 4 (‘inadequate’) by Ofsted but are overdue a full reinspection, which has been delayed because of COVID-19, will be temporarily eligible to reapply to the register of apprenticeship training providers with an Ofsted reinspection monitoring visit outcome showing that either “reasonable” or “significant” progress has been made.
Eligible providers will be able to apply in line with the widening of the register’s entry conditions effective from 1 March 2021, as detailed above. This exception is temporary while Ofsted inspection activity is limited due to COVID-19 and we will provide an update when this arrangement will cease to apply and Ofsted returns to conducting full inspections.
Removal of inactive providers from the register
Any provider that has not actively delivered within a 6 month period may be removed from the register, subject to any appeal, starting from May 2021. No active delivery means within a 6 month rolling period. This change is to ensure employers and apprentices have confidence that providers on the register are active deliverers of good quality training.
Requirement to reapply to the register for all remaining, active providers
To drive up the quality of apprenticeship provision, the government strategy is to progressively introduce more stringent entry criteria for the register. This will require all remaining, active providers to reapply to the register, taking into account a new set of application criteria from May 2021. We will operate a phased reapplication approach throughout 2021 to 2022.
Subject-specific expertise is essential to delivering high-quality apprenticeships that meet the skills needs of apprentices and employers. We are looking for providers to evidence their capacity and expertise and are considering how this may be required beyond the initial application process where providers wish to expand their delivery to new areas.
Your organisation can only apply once in a 12-month period.
The register of apprenticeship training providers lists organisations eligible to receive government funding to train apprentices.
More information about becoming a registered apprenticeship training provider.
New guide for apprenticeship training providers
A new guide for apprenticeship training providers is available online. It gives step-by-step advice on how to deliver high quality apprenticeships and is an essential read for all apprenticeship training providers.
As well as setting out the minimum requirements for newer providers, the guide supports experienced providers by highlighting good practice and continuous improvement. It also links to detailed guidance on specific topics such as off-the-job training and end-point assessment.
Refresh applications process for organisations who have been invited to apply
For organisations who have been invited to apply.