ESFA quietly launches reapplications to ‘tougher’ apprenticeship provider register

From FE week:

The government has begun inviting providers to reapply to its refreshed apprenticeship provider register – with the first group told it must do so by the end of next month or face being kicked off.

All 2,571 organisations currently on the register will be segmented into groups and told to reapply throughout this year – with those that are not delivering training being invited first – under new “tougher” rules being enforced by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

An unknown number of providers were informed by the agency on Christmas Eve that they would be included in wave one of the reapplication process, which will take place throughout February.

“We would like to invite you to reapply to the RoATP between 1 February and 28 February 2019,” an email to one employer provider, seen by FE Week, said.

“If you do not reapply to the RoATP in your application period, ESFA will remove you from the RoATP by 31 March 2019. You will be able to submit an application at any time in the future.

“If your application is unsuccessful, ESFA will remove you from the RoATP and you will be unable to take on any new apprentices.”

FE Week asked the ESFA how many and what types of training providers were being included in wave one of the reapplication process, but it would not say.

A spokesperson would only say: “All organisations currently on the register of apprenticeship training providers will need to reapply. We will be inviting organisations to reapply in phases, during 2019.”

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