How to go about choosing an apprenticeship training provider

You may be wondering how to choose an apprenticeship training provider. Training providers deliver the teaching side of the apprenticeship programme, offering apprentice support and mentoring. The money reserved in your levy pot is intended to cover the cost of the training and assessment of each apprentice, so it is with the training provider that these funds will be used.

Here are 5 things to look out for when choosing an apprenticeship training provider:

1. Do your research

Firstly, it is important to research each training provider thoroughly. You want to ensure that they offer the programmes that you intend to hire into. Swatpro deliver:

  • Accountancy
  • Business Administration
  • Clinical Health (hospitals)
  • Construction
  • Customer Service
  • Digital (Cyber Security & Network Infrastructure)
  • Early Years Education
  • Engineering
  • Forklift Engineering
  • Health & Social Care
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Information Technology
  • Leadership & Management
  • Outdoors, Leisure and Events
  • Retail

It’s important to decide the roles you want to create and whether you want one training provider to deliver them all or to split it into specialisms. Across the Swatpro partnership we can support most apprenticeships.

2. Check their Ofsted rating Click here for the latest Swatpro Ofsted report

As part of your research, you also want to ensure that the training they provide is of high quality. A good indicator of quality is a training provider’s Ofsted rating. Swatpro is rated Ofsted Good, with outcomes for learners, and personal development, behavior and welfare rated as outstanding. This means that our learners have a fantastic experience with us.

3. What qualifications are on offer?

You also want to ensure that the training provider is offering the top qualifications recognised by businesses nationally and even worldwide. If you are investing in the training of an apprentice, you want them to receive the best qualification not only for your own benefit but to aid their future career progression. A list of these qualifications and the company providing them should be readily available on a provider’s website or on request.

Swatpro offer qualifications in the following areas.

Sector

Apprenticeship

Level

Intermediate Apprenticeships

Business Administration

Business and Administration

2

Construction

Construction Building - Maintenance Operations

2

Construction

Construction Building - Trowel Occupations

2

Construction

Construction Building - Wood Occupations

2

Construction

Construction Civil Engineering - Construction Operations

2

Construction

Construction Specialist - Plastering

2

Construction

Construction Specialist - Wall and Floor Tiling

2

Construction

Plumbing and Heating - Plumbing

2

Customer Service

Customer Service

2

Early Years

Children and Young People's Workforce

2

Education

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

2

Engineering

Performing Manufacturing Operations

2

Forklift Engineering

Repair and Maintenance Lift Truck

2

Health & Social Care

Adult Care Worker

2

Health & Social Care

Adult social care

2

Health & Social Care

Diploma in care

2

Health & Social Care

Health Clinical Healthcare Support

2

Health & Social Care

Health Healthcare Support Services

2

Health & Social Care

Healthcare Support Worker

2

Hospitality and Catering

Commis Chef

2

Hospitality and Catering

Hospitality Team Member

2

ITC

ITQ

2

Leadership and Management

Management - Team Leading

2

Outdoor, Leisure and Learning

Activity Leadership - Outdoors

2

Outdoor, Leisure and Learning

Outdoor Activity Instructor

2

Outdoor, Leisure and Learning

Leisure Team Member

2

Retail

Retail Skills

2

Advanced Apprenticeships

Accountancy

Assistant Accountant

3

Accountancy

Accounting

3

Business Administration

Business and Administration

3

Construction

Trowel Occupations

3

Construction

Wood Occupations

3

Construction

Gas-Fired Water and Central Heating Appliances

3

Customer Service

Customer Service

3

Digital Industries

Infrastructure Technician

3

Early Years

Children and Young People's Social Care

3

Early Years

Early Years Educator

3

Early Years

Residential Childcare

3

Education

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

3

Engineering

Engineering Technician

3

Forklift Engineering

Repair and Maintenance Lift Truck

3

Health & Social Care

Diploma in Adult Care

3

Health & Social Care

Health Allied Health Profession Support

3

Health & Social Care

Health and Social Care - Adult social care

3

Health & Social Care

Health Clinical Healthcare Support

3

Health & Social Care

Health Maternity and Paediatric Support

3

Health & Social Care

Health Perioperative Support

3

Health & Social Care

Senior Healthcare Support Worker

3

Health & Social Care

Lead Adult Care Worker

3

Hospitality and Catering

Chef De Partie

3

Hospitality and Catering

Hospitality Supervisor

3

Hospitality and Catering

Senior Chef Production Cooking

3

ITC

ITQ

3

Leadership and Management

Team Leader/Supervisor

3

Outdoor, Leisure and Learning

Outdoor Programmes

3

Outdoor, Leisure and Learning

Event Assistant

3

Outdoor, Leisure and Learning

Leisure Duty Manager

3

Higher Level Apprenticeships

Accountancy

Professional Accounting Taxation Technician

4

Accountancy

Accounting

4

Business Administration

Business and Professional Administration

4

Digital Industries

Cyber Intrusion Analyst

4

Digital Industries

Cyber Security Technologist

4

Digital Industries

Software Engineer

4

Digital Industries

Network Engineer

4

Digital Industries

Unified Communications Trouble shooter

4

Hospitality and Catering

Hospitality Management

4

Health & Social Care

Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care

5

Health & Social Care

Care Leadership and Management

5

Health & Social Care

Healthcare Assistant Practitioner

5

Leadership and Management

Operations/Departmental Manager

5



4. What is their success rate? Swatpro Overall 78.28%

The success rate is a key indicator of a training providers commitment to delivering excellence and ensuring that apprentices and employers are supported throughout the programme. The success rate shows the number of apprentices achieving their apprenticeship during 2017/18. Swatpro have an overall industry-leading success rate of 78%.

01.3: Health and Social Care

80.05%

1.5: Child Development and Well Being

79.10%

05.2: Building and Construction

76.90%

06.2: ICT for Users

100.00%

07.1: Retailing and Wholesaling

100.00%

07.4: Hospitality and Catering

70.00%

08.1: Sport, Leisure and Recreation

78.13%

13.2: Direct Learning Support

100.00%

15.1: Accounting and Finance

72.00%

15.2: Administration

78.57%

15.3: Business Management

76.92%

National Target

62.00%

Swatpro

78.28%



5. What is their reputation? Employer 90% and Learner satisfaction rate 94%

It is important to understand how others have found their experience with a training provider, whether this is from an employer or apprentice point of view. If a provider receives glowing reviews and a high satisfaction rate, you can be assured that they will deliver a high-quality apprenticeship and appropriately address any complaint or concern. Swatpro have a satisfaction rate of 90% for employers and 94% for apprentices.