In the third of a series of blogs informing and educating interested parties about the processes involved in applying for a place on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP), SCLO’s Steve O’Hare explains why being thorough in your application is now an absolute necessity.
Lessons have clearly been learnt from the past and the new application process for the RoATP is a lot more robust than it was before.
More work has to be done before you fill out the application and more work has to show that your organisation should be on the register.
In short, you must prove that you will do your role as an apprenticeship provider justice, if you are going to be successful.
Preparing for your application is likely to take you longer than before and there is simply no chance to cut corners and get away with it this time.
Make sure you have the policies in place that are required – and, again here, there are more than there have been before.
You will need to provide detailed question responses and elaborate on your activity and processes.
Detail will also need to be given with regards to exactly who is delivering your apprenticeships both from a staff and a management perspective.
And crucially, there will be greater scrutiny of providers who are successful and make it on to the list.
The last time around, 32% of the organisations that were on the RoATP had not done any apprenticeship training at all! The ESFA will be making sure that does not happen again and will remove any business that has not offered any training for 12 months.
As a result, it will really help your cause to make sure that you strongly highlight your commitment in any application to convincing the markers that you will not be one of those organisations - and that you are fully committed to doing what you say you will.
As with all of this advice, don’t leave it late to get your application in place.
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