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Exeter College Apprenticeships Named in Department for Education Expert Provider Pilot

Exeter College has been named as one of five expert colleges in a new Department for Education’s (DfE) apprenticeship provider pilot. The list of 13 organisations includes five colleges, two universities and six independent training providers.

This coveted “mark of excellence” has been awarded in recognition of the Colleges Outstanding Ofsted grade, above average success rates and exceptional employer feedback rating.  

The DfE have selected industry leaders to boost the uptake of Apprenticeships and improve success rates for their flagship Work-based learning programme. The DfE will evaluate the positive impact of the providers work with small and medium sized enterprise (SMEs) employers and glean good practice to influence policy and system design. The pilot will test what impact, if any, expert status has on non-levy starts, starts for young people, and programme delivery cost and resource efficiencies for training providers.

As an expert apprenticeship training provider, Exeter College will act as ambassadors for the apprenticeship programme. Mike Blakeley, Executive Director of Future Skills and Apprenticeships at Exeter College, said;

“To be selected by the DfE for our expertise in the Apprenticeship sector is a huge accolade for Exeter College. With over 1500 organisations registered to deliver programmes to apprentices, to be selected as one of only 13 organisations puts us in a very exclusive bracket.

“We are delighted that our expertise and energy that we place into our employers and apprentices can be shared and help shape the next generation of Apprenticeship programmes. The cross-college teams of over 150 staff work exceptionally hard to deliver an outstanding programme of support and delivery. This recognition as experts tops what has been a fantastic era for Apprenticeships at Exeter College.” 

He added;

“We look forward to supporting the DfE and working with other top-quality providers with research, development and the implementation of new initiatives that will have a positive impact right across the country.”

The pilot has been put in place after feedback from the sector about the challenges that exist in supporting non-levy paying employers to engage with Apprenticeships. It is hoped this pilot will make it easier by giving the named expert providers more resources.

Find out more about Apprenticeships at the next Open Event on Wednesday 24 April or call our Apprenticeship Team on 01392 400800.