Five Questions to Ask an Apprenticeship Provider

Five Questions to Ask an Apprenticeship Provider

The levy tax is underway and the need to establish a clear training plan to
invest the levy wisely is becoming increasingly important. From an
employer’s perspective, it can be challenging to know where to start in
getting a successful apprenticeship programme off the ground.

There are a lot of providers on the Register of Apprenticeship Training
Providers who have proven their credibility to be on the register; finding
the right fit between employer and provider is important given that the
partnership will often span 14-24 months.

In our experience, the five most important questions to ask a potential
partner include:


What do/ don’t you have in place to deliver apprenticeship training for
the new standards?

The new framework has brought significant change to existing and new
providers of apprenticeship training which has required the development
of new systems, processes and tools. It is important to establish what
is and what isn’t in place.


How will you plan for/ quantify the 20% off the job element of
apprenticeship training?

The requirement to conduct 20% off the job training is an important
element of the new apprenticeship standards. Learning must be
structured, output focused and quantified to demonstrate how the 20%
requirement will be met.


What opportunities exist to create cost efficiencies within the

There are a lot of moving parts within the new apprenticeship standards
and cost efficiencies can be achieved through understanding a) what
previous learning has been gained, b) the number of apprentices going
through the programme and c) what currently is being delivered within
the business that aligns to the standard.


How will you review progress and keep apprentices on track?/ What
proformas/ templates do you have in place to help both line manager and

The new apprenticeship standards are both comprehensive and in-depth;
requiring apprentices to produce evidence that meet on-programme
assessment requirements. Line managers and apprentices ideally will be
issued with proformas or templates that make this easier for them. It
is also important to establish what mechanisms/ processes are in place
to review and measure apprentice progress.

5) How will you prepare apprentices for end point assessment?

The end point assessment process is probably one of the biggest changes
in the new apprenticeship framework. Given the independent nature of
end point assessment and the comprehensive assessment plans
under-pinning each new standard, it is important to explore how the
programme will incorporate preparation for end point assessment.

Adalta are one of the few providers to be both on the Register of
Apprenticeship Training Providers and the Register of Apprenticeship
Assessment Organisations in the UK and so can wear two hats in aligning two
equally important elements of apprenticeship training.

To explore your current situation further and speak to an Apprenticeship
Programme Consultant, please contact