Apprenticeship providers from different sectors across the country are once again being encouraged to join the YPO apprenticeship framework – the first and only one of its kind in the UK.

Launched in August 2018, YPO’s apprenticeship framework acts as a compliant list of training providers for organisations across the public sector. The framework currently has 117 registered providers covering a range of different roles, from accounting to teachers. YPO’s service also identifies clear routes of procurement for organisations, streamlining the process of creating apprenticeship roles within the public sector.

YPO’s apprenticeship framework is continuously open allowing new providers to register to the framework as new standards are developed, the framework will close every quarter for new providers. Training providers have until the 1st March 2019 to register to the YPO apprenticeship framework before it closes again in June 2019.

Lizzy Grayson, Category Manager for YPO, said:

“The apprenticeship framework has been open for customers for six months and we’ve already seen a fantastic response across the public sector. Over 117 training providers have contacted YPO in this time across 360 different standards. We’ve found that sectors like the Police and emergency services have found the portal particularly useful for easily identifying and purchasing apprenticeship training”

“Following registration to the tendering portal, new providers can stipulate preferred opportunity areas of interest along with geographical locations to which they can supply services. As new apprenticeship standards develop across a range of levels, we hope to connect more providers with organisations seeking training to make the process of utilising the apprenticeship levy as easy as possible. With proposed changes to the levy giving potentially more flexibility and opening the scope of spending throughout the apprenticeship supply chain, we are expecting 2019 to be an exciting year for apprenticeship providers.”

YPO, one of the UK’s leading public sector procurement organisation, has developed the apprenticeship framework to help public sector organisations make the most of apprenticeship levy funds, which will begin to decrease after April 2019 for organisations that have not utilised allocated funds since the levy came into effect.

Providers interested in becoming a supplier on the framework can register their interest here.

Established in 1974 to aggregate the procurement spend of its owning local authorities, YPO has helped drive public sector efficiency savings through its bulk buying power for product supplies and centralised contract services initiatives.

YPO was crowned Supplier of the Year in the over £10 million turnover category for the second consecutive year at the BESA Education Resources Awards 2015.

YPO won silver in the UK Employee Experience Award 2016 for the category ‘Loving your Customer’, as well as the ECMOD Direct Commerce Award 2016 for ‘Outstanding customer service B2B’.

YPO won the award for ‘Best Customer Service’ and ‘Industry Expert’ at the Energy Live Consultancy Awards (TELCA) 2016, for its commitment to outstanding customer support and advocacy.

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