Guidance

Register of apprenticeship training providers

Organisations that are approved to deliver apprenticeship training for employers using the apprenticeship service.

To be eligible to deliver apprenticeship training for apprenticeships that start on 1 May 2017, or after, organisations must be listed on the register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP).

Organisations that are listed on the RoATP have been through an application process with the ESFA that considers due diligence, capability, quality and financial health to assess their capability to deliver high-quality apprenticeship training.

The register of apprenticeship training providers shows the organisations that are approved to deliver apprenticeship training to employers using the apprenticeship service.

Types of apprenticeship training providers

The list includes 3 types of provider status, ‘main providers’, ‘employer providers’ and ‘supporting providers’.

Main providers are able to:

  • deliver apprenticeship training to employers that will use the apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training

  • deliver apprenticeship training to their own apprentices, or apprentices of their connected companies’, if they will use the apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training

  • deliver apprenticeship training as a subcontractor

Employer providers are able to:

  • deliver apprenticeship training to their own apprentices, or apprentices of their connected companies’, if they will use the apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training

This includes delivering apprenticeship training as a subcontractor to their own apprentices or apprentices of their connected companies’.

Supporting providers are able to:

  • enter into subcontracting arrangements that total up to £500,000 per year

This is the aggregation of all contracts they will hold with providers or employer providers for apprenticeship delivery.

How to apply to become an apprenticeship training provider

All organisations that want to deliver apprenticeship training, including employers, will need to meet the requirements of the register of apprenticeship training providers.

The requirements of the register will include due diligence checks on your organisation and directors, financial checks and an assessment of your organisation’s capability to deliver high-quality apprenticeship training.

Application routes

There are 3 application routes onto the register: a main route, an employer-provider route and a supporting route.

  • main route: eligible for selection by levied employers to deliver apprenticeship training, as well as selection by another main provider to work as a subcontractor

  • supporting route: entry route to the apprenticeship market for organisations that offer a specialism, and providers who only want to deliver as a subcontractor

  • employer-provider route: employers who want to provide training to their own staff - they will have the flexibility to lead their own programme, or act as a subcontractor to their appointed main provider

Application process

The application process to enter the register of apprenticeship training providers requires an organisation to take the following steps:

  1. Review our application instruction document to see if register of apprenticeship training providers is right for them to apply to and determine the appropriate application route to apply to.

  2. Review our register of apprenticeship training providers financial health self-assessment toolkit to establish if they are financially sound.

  3. Review our register of apprenticeship training providers e-tendering support guidance to help with access to the questions on our e-tendering portal.

  4. Submit an application through the e-tendering portal before the application deadline.

Removing an apprenticeship training provider from the register

We will remove a training provider that wants to receive public funding to deliver apprenticeship training from the register if they no longer meet the requirements. This includes removing a provider that receives an inadequate Ofsted grade for apprenticeships (or for overall effectiveness under its FE and Skills remit where there is no separate apprenticeships grade).

Further information

In October 2016, we published supporting quality and employer choice through a new register of apprenticeship training providers (PDF, 93.3KB, 8 pages) setting out the policy for apprenticeship training providers in England from May 2017.

Published 14 March 2017
Last updated 30 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added information about removing an apprenticeship training provider from the register.
  2. The register of apprenticeship training providers will close for applications at 5pm on Friday, 3 November.
  3. The register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP) is now open for applications and closes at 5pm on Friday, 27 October.
  4. Added details about the register of apprenticeship training providers opening for applications.
  5. First published.