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What employers need to do to become an apprenticeship training provider

Benefits of becoming an apprenticeship training provider

Government is very supportive of employers who want to deliver training to apprentices (to your own staff or to other employers’ staff) and they understand that the introduction of the apprenticeship reforms will make many employers feel that this is the right approach for them. It enables you to directly design and deliver the content of the off the job training which your own apprentices will receive, giving you the ability to make sure it includes everything you think it should. Employers who become providers can also help improve the quality of apprenticeships by widening the market and increasing the options for delivering high-quality training that will raise professional standards in your industry.

Becoming a provider may mean investment in personnel (for example data administration, quality advisors, trainers, maths & English tutors etc.) and should only be considered if you are confident that you can provide quality training to the standards required of Approved English Apprenticeships.
Many employers already deliver training as part of apprenticeships, and a few have shared their experiences in this document.

There are three routes for employers to become training providers:

  • As an employer-provider who delivers some, or all, of the off–the-job training element of an apprenticeship to their own staff.
  • As a provider who delivers training to other employers’ staff, as well as their own staff.
  • As a sub-contractor to a main provider.

If you do not wish to provide any training to your apprentices, you do not need to become an employer-provider. You will be able to select a provider to deliver the apprenticeship training on your behalf.

This document gives an overview of the steps involved in becoming a provider and what employers will need to do at each stage.

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