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Picture of St Helens CollegeSt Helens College is celebrating after becoming a recognised apprenticeship provider following the Skills Funding Agency publication of the full Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP), earlier this week.

Recent government reforms in how Apprenticeships are provided, means that all organisations wishing to provide apprenticeships must be listed on the register. Organisations that are listed on the RoATP have been through an application process with the Skills Funding Agency that considers due diligence, capability, quality and financial health to assess their capability to deliver high-quality apprenticeship training.

From April 2017, all employers with a wage bill of £3m or more will pay into levy which can be claimed back by employers to be used to support apprenticeship training with approved providers. This registration means that going forward, St Helens College is approved as a ‘Main Provider’ to deliver apprenticeship training for all employers.

Beth Nolan, Director of Business Development at St Helens College, said: “Historically we have been the largest local Apprenticeship provider, trusted by employers across the country so we are delighted to be recognised on the register as a main provider.”

This new registration now means that from 1st May 2017, St Helens College is positioned to deliver the new standards of apprenticeship training to employers who will use the new apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training.

St Helens College deliver apprenticeships across a number of industries and boast strong partnerships with local, regional, national and global organisations including Thermo Fisher Scientific, Suttons, Biotech and the NHS.

Jette Burford, Principal at St Helens College added, “Apprenticeships have a positive impact on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. All employers need to be aware of the changes in funding for apprenticeship training and we are working hard to ensure that all of our employers, regardless of their size, are ready for the new apprenticeship standards and the apprenticeship levy.”

If you want more information on utilising apprenticeships or understanding how the apprenticeship levy may impact upon your organisation, please visit www.sthelens.ac.uk/employers.