Apprenticeship Support Services

Getting the right advice early has never been more important for new and existing Apprenticeship Training Providers – I can help you  deliver your programmes successfully, giving you the best chance of success and avoiding costly mistakes.

Are You Ready to Deliver?


Your first consultation is free – 1 hour session to establish your starting point



First stage follow up remote review,

I will review all aspects of learner recruitment processes, learner induction, curriculum intent and implementation. Your processes and procedures are the foundation of successful apprenticeship delivery and yet, they are often overlooked by providers which affects completion rates.

Your First Monitoring Visit

Ofsted carry out monitoring visits to all newly-directly funded providers to ensure the delivery of high-quality apprenticeship training for all apprentices (delivering levels 2 – 5 apprenticeship programmes of learning). Monitoring visits will normally be carried out within 24 months of the start of the direct funding by ESFA or through the apprenticeship levy.  Are you ready?

During stage 2, I will work with you to prepare you for that first monitoring visit. To ensure your documentation, processes and staff knowledge are all up to date and to ensure you know what to look for and how best to present your provision. Ofsted inspectors will want to ensure the quality of what you’re doing meets and hopefully exceeds minimum standards, my knowledge and experience around this is critical in helping you to succeed at your first monitoring visit.

Keeping Positive Progress

Consistency is key, and to ensure a successful programme delivery, you need to be up to speed with how your delivery is going for your staff and learners and how to identify any challenges on the road ahead.

I can work with your staff (on site or remotely via Skype or telephone call) to help you keep an eye on progress, providing feedback and suggesting changes to your approach to give you the maximum chance of success.

Preparing For Your First Inspection

Lesson visits, process and policy reviews, safeguarding reviews, role play, collection of learner voice, ILP reviews and more, can make up the preparation required to get you ready for your first full inspection.

For new providers the thought of an Ofsted inspection can be daunting and the process, if not prepared for correctly, can be really hard work. The timing of your very first full Ofsted inspection will very much depend on the judgements made within your initial monitoring visit. Providers should expect to receive their full inspection within 24 months of the publication of the report of their monitoring visit. However, where a provider has received one or more ‘insufficient progress’ judgement the full inspection will take place within 6 and 12 months of the publication of the report.

A full review of the quality of your apprenticeship provision (which can be used to inform the writing of the self-assessment report and quality improvement plan) can be undertaken to ensure that you are working towards the implementation of high-quality apprenticeship provision which ensures positive outcomes for new apprentices.

In this final stage, I will work with you for 3-4 days (or longer if required) to cover off all of the critical aspects associated with a full review of your provision. You’ll finish feeling confident, prepared and optimistic about your first, infamous Ofsted inspection.

Avoiding Re-Application is Critical

Being unsuccessful at either initial monitoring visit or first full inspection can damage reputation and cause additional pressures on the workforce and your apprentices. As a new provider you want to give your staff, learners and stakeholders a positive, smooth experience without the troubles of ‘have we done this right?’ ‘what will Ofsted say’ etc. With more and more providers receiving temporary bans from recruiting new apprentices, following early monitoring visits, this is causing huge issues for providers. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has released an updated version of the register of apprenticeship training providers for July 19, which shows 41 providers are currently banned from taking on apprentices and it seems that this list is growing week by week.

Bouncing back from an ‘inadequate’ judgement at the initial full inspection is difficult and challenging for new providers. Often new providers just do not realise the significance of certain factors within the requirements of high-quality apprenticeship provision. So, getting the right support from an experienced partner from the beginning means you’ll avoid disappointment and will get it right first time.

Be Prepared

What others have to say …………….Gillian’s wealth of knowledge and experience helped us to undertake the journey in an informed way.  Just getting our company registered onto the Register of Apprenticeship Providers (RoTAP) was a challenge.  Gillian ensured that we had the appropriate policies and procedures in place, which were unfamiliar to us, as a full-cost provider.  She also helped us to wade through the jargon and to understand what was required of us at every stage.   In addition, Gillian provided excellent training in effective classroom practice to ensure that our delivery model was fit for purpose.  Gillian’s support and guidance has been invaluable in helping us to realise our vision of becoming a provider of bespoke and high-quality leadership, management and business apprenticeships.

Chris Andreou, Managing Director, Innersummit Ltd.

Get In Touch To Discuss Your Needs Today!

If you would like to find out more about how we can work together, please fill out my contact form below or call me for a no obligation chat on +44 7795 569444. I look forward to hearing from you.!

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