Find a training provider

Find a training provider

Employers are responsible for choosing the correct apprenticeship standard for your business and a high quality training provider to deliver it. Key questions to ask potential training providers:

The training provider’s sector experience

  • What experience do you have in providing training within my sector and how long have you been doing this?
  • Do your trainers and assessors have particular relevant experience you can describe to me?
  • What references or recommendations can you provide from other employers and current/ past Apprentices? Are there any I could speak to?
  • Aside from your Ofsted report, do you hold any quality marks or accreditations?
  • Can you outline the recruitment support you offer?
  • How many students undertake this specific apprenticeship each year, and how much interest does the programme generate?

Costs associated with training

  • What funding do you receive to support the training costs and where does that funding come from?
  • Which Apprenticeship Standard will underpin the delivery?  How does the funding to deliver differ between similar standards?
  • Would my business be required to make a contribution and, if so, how much?
  • Please can you outline fully all other costs involved, for example registration fees, travel expenses, payment for materials or equipment?

Facilities and equipment 

  • What facilities and equipment do you have and is it possible to take a tour of these?
  • Will my business be required to provide any specific equipment?

Delivery of training

  • Can the Apprenticeship be tailored to meet the specific needs of my business?
  • How is the Apprenticeship training delivered (day release, on site, etc.) and can you deliver training out of hours if required?
  • What percentage of the apprentices’ time will be spent training?  Can I observe a training session being delivered?
  • How are individual training needs assessed and how is training altered to meet them?
  • How frequently will you visit the workplace to carry out assessments?
  • Can an apprentice start their apprenticeship at any time of year?
  • Do you have a copy of the Apprenticeship Standard learning objectives and assessment criteria?
  • What time estimate would you put on an apprentice’s extra workload each week?
  • How will you keep me updated on how each apprentice is progressing?

West London training providers:

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