How the Digital Service will help levy paying companies take on an apprentice
The Government is continuing their consultation process with employers and training providers as they work towards developing the infrastructure which will support the Apprenticeship reforms and their goal of achieving 3 million Apprentices by 2020. Each stage of consultation is designed to feed information back to ensure that the new Digital Apprentice Service (DAS) meets the demands of employers and enables training providers to deliver Apprenticeship training.
All companies with a payroll in excess of £3million will pay a levy which will be placed by HMRC into a digital account.
The digital account (DAS) will enable the employer to:
- Select a lead training provider
- Purchase training from their chosen provider
- Search for apprenticeship standards or frameworks
- See the costs and funding available so they can negotiate a price for the training they require
To ensure the quality of Apprenticeship training the government is setting up a Register of Apprentice Training Providers (ROATP) so that the employer has assurance that the training offered meets the quality required.
The Lead Training Provider will organise the training and assessment for the apprentices and may need to use additional training providers to deliver to the employer’s requirements. These training providers will also need to be on the Register.
As the DAS is still in development employers and training providers are eager for more information as to the practicalities. This is being issued by the government in stages, with the next information being released in June and then the autumn. But of course we all want it now and the questions keep coming!