Since the closure of 3aaa, we have established a taskforce to implement alternative arrangements for apprentices and their employers. We are working to ensure that every apprentice is transferred to another provider to complete their apprenticeship.
Employers who pay the levy can make their own arrangements to transfer their apprentices, using the Find Apprenticeship Training website to select another training provider.
Training providers who attempt to recruit apprentices without the approval of the employer and ESFA may not be funded for this activity.
We have been grateful for the many offers of support from apprenticeship training providers who want to help those apprentices directly affected. In cases such as this, we have a managed approach to provider failure, which ensures that apprentices can continue their programmes with alternative providers who have both the capacity and capability to deliver high quality apprenticeship provision.
If you are approached by a levy paying employer to take on their apprentices affected by the closure of 3aaa, then you are free to enter into a contract with that employer and restart the apprentices programme. You do not need the permission of ESFA to do this.
If an employer asks you to take on their apprentices who are funded directly by ESFA, then you must contact us via email at 3.AAA@education.gov.uk and obtain our approval before re-starting the apprentices programme.
Where employers ask us to select an alternative provider, we use a range of qualitative information to identify those providers who are best placed to support the apprentice and employer. In such cases, we will contact you, obtain your agreement to work with the employer and you will provide us with assurances that you have the resources available to support apprentices to restart and successfully complete their programme.