The Apprenticeship Service is an apprenticeship funding procurement portal; it is currently used by larger ‘Levy-paying’ employers only. It was originally due to include smaller, ‘non-Levy-paying’ employers in 2019 but it will now include non-Levy employers from January 2020 onwards.
The Apprenticeship Service is designed to make apprenticeship funding ‘market driven’ and in theory, it brings to an end the use of funding contracts between ESFA and main training providers. In theory any organisation may use The Apprenticeship Service to apply for funding to deliver apprenticeship training provided they are in the government’s Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). In reality, however, there are other safeguards in place – for example, all providers applying for funding are in scope for inspection by Ofsted.
Cheynes Training supports over 600 employers (either directly or through one of our academy partners) and we will write out shortly to every employer to explain in detail how The Apprenticeship Service works and the action they need to take to allow Cheynes Training to secure funding to pay for the training of their apprentices.
For further information on The Apprenticeship Service, email firstname.lastname@example.org