Interserve Learning & Employment (ILE) has secured a place on the UK Government’s Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP), which was published earlier this week. Gaining a place on the register is a key milestone for ILE as it looks to build on its position as one of the largest Apprenticeship Training Providers operating in the market.

From Monday 1 May 2017, employers will use the new RoATP to choose a trusted training provider best suited to their needs. The register will assure employers that the provider they select will be capable of meeting all requirements and will provide suitable, good quality apprenticeship training.

Chris Peel, ILE’s Managing Director, said:

“We are delighted to have secured our place on the register and we can now look forward to completing our plans with a range of levy paying employers we are in discussions with.

These are exciting times for the sector, with significant opportunities emerging to help large employers meet their future skills needs and to develop new programmes to support people with their career development and further education in the work place”.

With ambitions to create an additional three million apprenticeships in England by 2020, the Government has introduced the Apprenticeship Levy, which will come into force in April 2017, further supporting the quality training of staff by employers. The new levy will open up opportunities for organisations to benefit from apprenticeship training for their workforce.

The Government’s intention is for the Apprenticeship Levy to encourage employers to invest more in their workforce training and development and to put them in the driving seat, purchasing directly the training provision they need from quality-assured training providers like ILE. The new register will support employers as the go to platform for information advice and guidance when choosing a provider.

ILE will provide companies of all shapes and sizes – from multi-nationals with large levy bills to small businesses employing just one apprentice – with a unique view on how to maximise the positive impact of the levy, making it the provider of choice for a range of employers. ILE will also work with its parent company, Interserve, to deliver its own internal plans for the levy.

As a member of this new register, Interserve firmly believes in the value of apprenticeships and their positive impact on staff, the benefits to overall business performance and the wider economy, helping to meet skills shortages in key growth areas.

Overall, today’s announcement is an important step forward in giving employers the confidence to make informed choices on the right training providers to meet their future needs.