Congratulations to all those who made it!
It's been a long time since the deadline closed for the first RoATP and the pressure has been building to pressure cooker proportions!
The first round of applications has now been released, with 1,708 out of 2,327 organisations making it to the first opening of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.
1,753 providers applied to the main route with only 1,310 applying to deliver to non levy paying employers, so that's 25% who don't want to deliver to SME's!
The SFA haven't announced if the release date for round two will be before the May start for new apprenticeships.
If you are considering applying to the RoATP or re-apply you will need submit your expression of interest on the BravoSolution portal.
Are you now a lead provider?
In seven weeks time the new apprenticeship reform will become a reality with more than 1000 lead providers on the RoATP ready to deliver top quality training.
Exciting times indeed!
If you are now in scope for Ofsted inspections you will need to know what's in store.
"Where a provider comes into the scope of Ofsted inspection, for example when a provider gains a new contract with, or grant from, the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and/or the Education Funding Agency (EFA), it will normally be inspected within three years of the start of the contract or grant."
This is obviously of vital importance as any training provider receiving a grade 4 will be removed from the RoATP.
After the 1st May opening for new apprenticeships the first deadline for new lead providers is May 5th.
This is when your first ILR is due for submission to the Hub and then every month after!
You may think 8 weeks is a long way off but if you're planning on using the SFA's free Learner Entry Tool you had better crack on and read up on the ILR documentation.
We have a profound interest in the apprenticeship reform as this is having a huge impact on our business too.
We also have SFA compliance obligations as our data management system has to conform to the SFA's ILR Specification documents and any changes and updates have to be included for Athena MIS to stay compliant.
Our focus is on helping small training providers, new to a lead role, become data management gurus!
To be honest it's so exciting knowing that we can provide the tools for you to take control of your data management without breaking the bank!
Our SaaS licence fee start from as little as £450 per month (after a £900 deposit) and that's it, well unless you choose one of our data management services.
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