Providing apprenticeship training

Provider panel for the provision of apprenticeship training

Cheshire East Borough Council and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council have developed an approved panel of training providers for apprenticeship schemes across both Councils.  

Defining an apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is paid employment which involves both on the job training and study towards a related qualification and is open to anyone aged 16 and above. Changes made by the Government in April 2017, mean Cheshire East Council (and other public sector organisations) now pay a levy to fund the training of apprenticeships across the organisation, including maintained schools and Alternative Service Delivery Vehicles (ASDVs).

An apprenticeship takes one to four years to complete, depending on their level and leads to a recognised qualification in the related field. Levels span from level 2 (GCSE standard) to level 7 (postgraduate standard) and also include degree apprenticeships

Cheshire East Council is committed to offering high quality apprenticeships to dedicated staff and young people who want an opportunity to develop, earn and learn.

How to become a provider of apprenticeships to the Councils

The Provider Panel began on 1 January, 2018 and will stay in place for three years, with an option to extend for another year after that.

We cannot guarantee any quantities or volumes to providers on the panel, but the anticipated spend will be between £3,000,000 and £6,500,000 for the next four years across both councils.

We will also reopen the panel three times a year as an opportunity for new providers to join. This will usually be after new providers have been appointed to the Government’s Register of Approved Training Providers (RoATP), so that providers who did not previously meet the criteria have the opportunity to join.

Providers who are already on the Provider Panel will also be able to use the opportunity to refresh their bids with up to date information, for example to reflect an improved OFSTED rating, offer additional courses or improve the competitiveness prices. 

The anticipated timetable for additional opportunities for providers to tender are:

Anticipated tender timetable for providers of apprenticeships
Advertise TenderAppoint New Suppliers

1 February 2018

DN318091 – Round 2 Tender closing date: Friday 23 February 2018 at 12 noon

1 April 2018

1 June 2018

1 August 2018

1 November 2018

1 January 2019

1 February 2019

 1 April 2019

1 June 2019

1 August 2019

1November 2019

1 January 2020

1 February 2020

1 April 2020

1 June 2020

1 August 2020

1 November 2020

1 January 2021 (subject to extending 1 x 12 months)

How the panel will work

The majority of contracts we award will be on the basis of a direct award. However,we might also hold a mini competition when we are looking for a provider to deliver to a cohort of apprentices. In this case, we will approach all providers of the course for a price and will offer the opportunity to better the offer they have made in their original tender submission.

All documents must be returned via the CHEST at www.the-chest.org.uk, and must be compatible with Microsoft Office or Acrobat/PDF formats.

For further information and/or queries please email: procurement@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Provider Panel – list of category areas and name of providers as at January 2018

Lot 1 - Legal, accounting, financial and insurance services

  • Aspire Achieve Advance Ltd
  • BC Arch Ltd
  • Babington Business College Limited
  • Barnsley College
  • Blackburn College
  • Chesterfield College Trading as Learning Unlimited
  • CILEx Law School
  • Damar Limited
  • Macclesfield College
  • PM Training
  • Rochdale Training
  • Seetec Business Technology Centre Limited
  • South Cheshire College
  • The Growth Company
  • Total People Limited
  • Total People Limited (2nd award)

Lot 2 - Agriculture, environmental and animal care

  • Acorn Training
  • Barnsley College
  • PM Training

Lot 3 - Business management (to include business admin and leadership and management) and customer service

  • Acorn Training
  • Activ First Ltd
  • Axia Solutions
  • BC Arch Ltd
  • Babington Business College Limited
  • Barnsley College
  • Bespoke Professional Development and Training Ltd (BePro)
  • Blackburn College
  • BlackRock (London) Ltd
  • Care Assessment Training Services Ltd
  • Chesterfield College Trading as Learning Unlimited
  • CILEx Law School
  • Damar Limited
  • Essential Learning Company Limited
  • FLM Training Ltd
  • GP Strategies Training Limited
  • HIT Training Limited
  • Invisage Ltd/ Ingeus UK
  • Learning Curve Group Limited
  • Lifetime Training Group Limited
  • Liverpool John Moores University (2nd award)
  • London College of Apprenticeship Training (LCoAT)
  • Macclesfield College
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Mantra Learning
  • MBKB Training
  • North Lancashire Training Group
  • Norton Webb Limited
  • Organisation Development Ltd
  • Paragon Education and Skills Limited
  • Pathway First Limited (CE Only)
  • People Plus Group
  • PM Training
  • Premier People Solutions
  • Progress to Excellence Ltd
  • QA Limited
  • Remit Group
  • Rochdale Training
  • Seetec Business Technology Centre Limited
  • Serco Ltd
  • SHL Training Solutions
  • Skills Training UK
  • Solo Vir
  • South Cheshire College
  • The Care Learning Centre
  • The Growth Company
  • Total People Limited (2nd award)
  • Trafford College
  • Training Event Safety Solutions Ltd (The TESS Group)
  • TRN (Train) Ltd
  • University of Chester        
  • Vision West Nottinghamshire

Lot 4 - Construction, engineering and manufacturing

  • Axia Solutions Limited
  • Barnsley College
  • Blackburn College
  • Macclesfield College
  • North of England Training Limited
  • PM Training
  • Seetec Business Technology Centre Limited
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Skills Training UK
  • South Cheshire College
  • The Growth Company
  • Total People Limited
  • Trafford College

Lot 5 - Health, social care, childcare and education

  • Acorn Training
  • Alder Training Limited
  • Ashley Hunter Training Academy
  • Barnsley College
  • Bespoke Consultancy and Education Limited
  • Blackburn College
  • Care Assessment Training Services Ltd
  • Chesterfield College Trading as Learning Unlimited
  • Dawn Hodge Associates Limited
  • Essential Learning Company Limited
  • Expanse Group Limited
  • GP Strategies Training Limited
  • Learning Curve Group Limited
  • Lifetime Training Group Limited
  • Macclesfield College
  • MBKB Training
  • Remit Group
  • Rochdale Training
  • Skills Training UK
  • South Cheshire College
  • The Big Life Company
  • The Care Learning Centre
  • The Growth Company
  • Total People Limited (2nd award)
  • TRN (Train) Ltd
  • University of Chester         
  • Vision West Nottinghamshire

Lot 6 - Hospitality and catering

  • Acorn Training
  • Activ First Ltd
  • Chesterfield College Trading as Learning Unlimited
  • Barnsley College
  • Blackburn College
  • HIT Training Limited
  • Invisage Ltd/ Ingeus UK
  • Learning Curve Group Limited
  • Lifetime Training Group
  • Macclesfield College
  • North Lancashire Training Group
  • Norton Webb Limited
  • Paragon Education and Skills Limited
  • Pathway First Limited (CE Only)
  • Remit Group
  • South Cheshire College
  • Total People Limited (2nd award)
  • Trafford College
  • Vision West Nottinghamshire

Lot 7 - Sales, marketing and procurement

  • Acorn Training
  • Axia Solutions Limited
  • BC Arch Ltd
  • Blackburn College
  • Chesterfield College Trading as Learning Unlimited
  • Macclesfield College
  • Rochdale Training
  • South Cheshire College
  • Total People Limited

Lot 8 - Degree and Masters Level Qualifications

  • Acorn Training
  • Barnsley College
  • Blackburn College
  • Liverpool John Moores University (2nd award)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • QA Limited
  • Rochdale Training
  • Serco Ltd
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • South Cheshire College
  • The Growth Company
  • University of Chester

Lot 9 - Miscellaneous (creative and design, facilities management, protective services and transport and logistics)

  • Axia Solutions Limited
  • Barnsley College
  • BC Arch Ltd
  • Blackburn College
  • Chesterfield College Trading as Learning Unlimited
  • Macclesfield College
  • Mantra Learning
  • North Lancashire Training Group
  • Pathway First Limited (CE Only)
  • Rochdale Training
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • South Cheshire College
  • Total People Limited
  • Trafford College

Lot 10 - ICT

  • Acorn Training
  • Aspire Achieve Advance Ltd
  • Axia Solutions Limited
  • Babington Business College Limited
  • Baltic Training Services
  • Barnsley College
  • BC Arch Ltd
  • Blackburn College
  • Chesterfield College Trading as Learning Unlimited
  • Essential Learning Company Limited
  • GP Strategies Training Limited
  • Macclesfield College
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • North Lancashire Training Group
  • Pathway First Limited (CE Only)
  • PM Training
  • QA Limited
  • Remit Group
  • Rochdale Training
  • Seetec Business Technology Centre Limited
  • Skills Training UK Limited
  • South Cheshire College
  • Total People Limited (2nd award)
  • Trafford College
  • Training Synergy