The new Register of Approved Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)
On 13 March 2017, the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) unveiled the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (the RoATP). London Met is one of a number of successful register applicants that have been awarded ‘Main Provider’ status. As a main provider, London Met can be selected by levy paying employers to deliver apprenticeship training or be selected by another main provider to work as a subcontractor. Apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon said: “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.”
Procurement and supply
The current Apprenticeship in Procurement at level 3 was phased out in December 2016. A ‘Trailblazer’ group is developing a new standard at this level and a Higher Level Apprenticeship in Commercial Procurement and Supply at Level 4, has been developed and is awaiting SFA approval. London Met is working closely with the Trailblazer Group.
Community and voluntary sector
The University is involved in supporting the Trailblazer Group for the Community and Voluntary Sector led by FairTrain. The objective of the group is for the first Apprenticeship Standards to be ready for delivery at the end of 2017.
We are currently involved in the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)-led Higher Education Reference Group that is working to inform the development of the Social Work Degree Apprenticeship. A Standard to underpin a four-year degree programme is expected to be available by mid-2018. The new Apprenticeship will be ‘integrated’. This means that the training delivery and end point assessment will be provided by the same training provider.
London Met is home to an internationally recognised criminology department and the John Grieve Centre for Community Policing. We are working closely with policing employers and the College of Policing, together with nine other higher education institutions, as part of a Higher Education Institution Funding Council consortium charged with the task of developing the national policing degree apprenticeship. The first policing apprentices are expected to be on the programme in the first half of 2018. End Point Assessment will be integrated for the policing degree too.
End Point Assessment
London Met is aiming to be registered as an End Point Assessment provider for a range of Apprenticeship Standards in addition to social work and policing. This will involve applications for entry on the Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations (The RoAAO) at the end of March.