The number of providers that are registered as apprenticeship training providers (RoATP) has more than doubled since last year’s levy reforms. There are now a total of 2,187 organisations with direct access to funding, and which Ofsted can now inspect.
More universities join the register of apprenticeship training providers, including Cambridge, taking the total number to just over 100. Degree-level apprenticeships will be inspected by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, which will be done jointly with Ofsted.
Most organisations that succeeded in their third application were private companies. 61 are employer-providers which can directly access their own levy funding.
The total number of organisations with direct access to funding does not include the 114 organisations that were given the ‘supporting provider’ status. These were added to the current 276, bringing the total to 390 on RoATP.
The number of providers has increased the scope for inspection; however, this has worried Ofsted’s chief inspector Amanda Spielman who believes an increase in learners will require more resources ‘…a lot of these new providers are going to come on stream and start having learners and we expect to have more work and need more resource to do that…But we have the acknowledgement in principle that this will be required.’