Anne Milton (pictured) was speaking exclusively to FE Week following a parliamentary debate on apprenticeships and skills this afternoon.
She was asked if she had any concerns about the size of the apprenticeships budget, following reports late last year that it was heading for a £500 million overspend in 2018/19.
“I always want more money – the more we’ve got, the more we can do with apprenticeships,” she said in response.
But she had no fears about the budget running out – either right now or for the rest of the year. Read more
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The following article was written by the ESFA.
We have published new, tougher rules for providers and employers applying for and securing a place on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).
The strengthened approach will mean only providers that meet the tougher registration requirements can access government funding. The move follows a review of the RoATP, taking on board valuable feedback from provider representative bodies, providers and employers, and forms part of the Government’s continued commitment to improving the quality of apprenticeship training.
To secure a place on the RoATP, providers and employers must now prove they have actively traded for 12 months, are financially stable (evidenced by their financial information), skilled and are able to deliver quality apprenticeship training, before they apply, rather than when they begin delivery. The 3-month trading history requirement for supporting providers has been retained to enable new providers to build a delivery track record.
Acting on feedback from the sector, the register will open for applications on 12 December 2018 and will remain open throughout the year, with no closing date. This means providers can apply when they feel they are ready and can prove they have the appropriate capacity, capability and skills in place to meet the registers robust entry requirements. Two applications in a 12 month period will be allowed.
ESFA is also considering the introduction of provider earnings limits and in the coming months, will be seeking views from the sector on these. The limits will ensure control, not just for quality reasons but the potential size and expansion of providers.
Anne Milton, Skills and Apprenticeship Minister said:
“Apprenticeships are giving people of all ages and background the chance to gain the skills they need to secure a good job and progress in their careers.
“It is vital that the training apprentices are receiving continues to be of the highest quality. Our new tougher approach builds on the robust checks already in place to provide even greater assurance that public money for apprenticeships is being used effectively.
“I would like to thank all those who took the time to respond to our review. Your feedback has been invaluable and has helped us to shape this new process.” Read more
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