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Advice on Applying for the RoATP

NOCN is one of the few organisations approved as an Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation (AAO) for End Point Assessments (EPA) and we have also been involved in supporting employers to develop and put forward reformed Apprenticeship Standards.

Over the last three years we have therefore experienced the Government’s approval process which supports reformed Apprenticeship Standards and how this has changed and become tighter over time. It is clear that Government has developed a more stringent approval process in order to quite rightly drive up quality.

Some of the points we have learnt, which training providers may wish to reflect upon when they are putting in their own bids for inclusion on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP), are:

1. Answer the Questions

It’s an exam paper - read the questions carefully and answer them.

2. Do not be complacent

You may have been delivering apprenticeships for years and have a good Ofsted ranking, but think of it as pitching to a completely new customer who knows nothing about you and your track record.

3. Do not assume knowledge

Do not assume that the people who will ultimately be judging you know your sectors or the detailed requirements of the jobs and apprenticeships. You need to explain clearly what you can offer and your experience; specifically for the sectors and Apprenticeship Standards you are applying for.

4. Be clear about your capacity

Clearly spell out your organisation’s experience and track record for the specific sectors and Apprenticeship Standards you are applying for.

5. CVs and personnel

CVs need to clearly demonstrate sector and occupational experience for the sectors and Apprenticeship Standards you are applying for. Include your approach to training for your tutors, including maintaining occupational competency.

6. Working with Employers

Make sure you have good evidence and references for your work with employers.

7. Quality assurance procedures

These need to be clearly documented and precise. They have to also demonstrate how conflicts of interest are dealt with.

We are not trying to teach you to suck eggs, but there has been so much difficulty with organisations becoming AAOs that we hope you find our thoughts of use and good luck with your application for RoATP.

Graham Hasting-Evans, Managing Director, NOCN