For the employers working with 3aaa, the news that the provider has ceased trading will be a cause of upset, and concern. Can your apprentices still complete their programme? Will you be able to find a new training provider? Will the ESFA help?
The government’s website states:
“Since the closure of 3aaa, we have established a taskforce to implement alternative arrangements for apprentices and their employers. We are working to ensure that every apprentice is transferred to another provider to complete their apprenticeship.”
This means for employers there’s several paths you can now choose to use in order to get your Apprentices back on track.
1. Levy Payers
If your business uses the Apprenticeship Levy to help fund your Apprentices, you can use the find apprenticeship training portal to select a new provider. However, we’d recommend you do your background research on the company and their expertise in delivering the training you require. Get in touch with potential providers before making a final decision, request to see their statistics and historical experience with the specific Standards or Frameworks you require. A good Apprenticeship provider will understand your business and the goals you want to reach with your training and will be able to put together a bespoke package that benefits you and your Apprentices.
2. ESFA funded Apprentices
If your apprentices are entirely funded by the ESFA you can request that they they find you a new provider, the ESFA will carefully screen and select the right provider for your training. However, again, we’d recommend you select your own provider. Ask your network for recommendations and look at providers’ social media to really get a feel for the company before you sign a contract. Rest assured, the provider will need to gain approval from the ESFA to ensure they have the capacity and capability to deliver your training.
To help you with your next steps, we’ve put together a guide to help you make the most informed decision when selecting your new training provider.