Introducing The Apprenticeship & Training Company, Training Provider Award sponsor
We are delighted to introduce The Apprenticeship & Training Company Ltd as the sponsor of our Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 'Training Provider Award'. Find out what they're looking for in an Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Award-winning training provider...
Tell us about your Award category and what you’re looking for?
We’re sponsoring the Training Provider Award, which is open to registered training providers delivering Skills Funding Agency Apprenticeship provision in Oxfordshire, either as a prime contractor or as an approved subcontractor. We’re looking to find the provider who can demonstrate consistently high standards in the service they provide to learners and employers, but who also play a wider role working with others to drive Apprenticeship growth in Oxfordshire.
Tell us about your organisation’s experience of Apprenticeships?
We are Oxfordshire’s first and only approved Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA). We are a not-for-profit company set up on behalf of Cherwell District Council. We were awarded ATA status by the Skills Funding Agency in 2016 and will commence trading in early 2017.
An ATA employs Apprentices and place them with a host employer who pays for the service. This means that businesses who would like to employ an Apprentice but may not currently have enough work for a full time Apprentice can still offer placements. Apprentices can share their time between different employers, giving them the opportunity to learn the full range of skills required for their Apprenticeship.
What would you say to anyone thinking about entering or nominating?
Do it! In what is a highly competitive market, employers often wonder how they can be confident in ensuring they select a good quality Training Provider. We know there are effective ways of measuring and reporting performance, but nothing says ‘excellence’ quite like an industry Award.