Earlier this week we were pleased to find out that Kent had been successful in its application to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).
The RoATP represents a register that will allow employers to access top-quality apprenticeship training. Published by the Department of Education and the Skills Funding agency, inclusion on the register means that Kent has been successful in a rigorous assessment process to ensure our apprenticeships meet quality expectations.
The government has introduced the register as part of a package of reforms to make apprenticeships more rigorous, better structured, independently assessed and more clearly aligned to the needs of employers.
The RoATP will provide the provider base for levy-paying employers to choose their apprenticeship training delivery. Kent has been included on the register as a ‘main provider’, so is able to provide apprenticeship training to all levy-paying employers – including the University itself.
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.”
Whilst the RoATP is currently for use by levy-paying employers, Kent also has a proved track-record of providing apprenticeship training to smaller, non-levy-paying employers.
Employers interested in University of Kent higher and degree apprenticeship provision should email firstname.lastname@example.org.