Most employers use an external training provider to deliver training to apprentices. There are two main types of training providers – further education colleges and independent training providers.
Training providers that deliver apprenticeships that can include nationally recognised qualifications, receive government funding through a contract with their relevant nations funding organisation.
All training providers in receipt of government funding will adhere to specific quality criteria in order to attain the funds. As examples in England – Ofsted – for qualification delivery- and the Education & Skills Funding Agency and in Scotland Skills Development Scotland.
Training providers are responsible for giving a range of support to employers including:
Teaching the knowledge and understanding (off-the-job) elements of the programme
Delivering functional / core skills such as English, maths etc.