Some of the nation's leading training providers have been highlighted in a new register published by the Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency. 

This register was created to enable people to find out more about different apprenticeships schemes and ensure they are receiving training with a top-quality provider. 

It also means that the trainers who are providing the courses tailor teaching to the needs of the apprentices and the requirements of the business they work in. 

All of the providers on the register have been through a rigorous assessment process to ensure they meet apprenticeship quality expectations. Levy-paying employers will be able to choose their apprenticeship training delivery from this high-quality, flexible and responsive provider base for all apprentices starting their programmes from May 2017.

New providers will be able to apply to the register at regular intervals, with the next opportunities for new providers at the end of March.Government announces new apprenticeship register

Application opportunities will then be held quarterly to encourage diversity and competition, and supporting quality and employer choice.

The register is part of the government's plan to reform apprenticeships to make them more rigorous, better structured, independently assessed, and more clearly aligned to the needs of the employer. 

These reforms include the introduction of the apprenticeship levy from 6 April, which will require employers with a wage bill of more than £3 million a year to pay 0.5% of their wage bill to invest in apprenticeships. 

Apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon said: "Giving employers control over their apprenticeships needs and funding is an essential feature of our plan to create an apprenticeships and skills nation. Our new register of apprenticeship providers will mean that only organisations that have passed our quality assurance can deliver apprenticeships.

"We are giving employers the confidence to do business with high-quality training providers, and making sure that individuals can benefit from gold-standard routes as they climb the ladder of opportunity."


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