Avant Skills Academy Is An Expert Training Provider
Avant Skills Academy is proud to announce that we have been selected as an Apprenticeship Expert Provider by the Department for Education. As one of only six independent apprenticeship training providers across the country (and the only apprenticeship provider in the Humber), this elite recognition verifies Avant Skills Academy’s commitment to delivering high-quality apprenticeship programmes and supporting local employers.
The Department for Education’s decision to appoint Avant Skills Academy as an Apprenticeship Expert Provider comes as a testament to our exceptional track record and expertise in the field of apprenticeships. It reflects Avant’s outstanding track record in providing high-quality apprenticeship programmes and its dedication to improving the skills and employability of the workforce. Avant Skills Academy has consistently demonstrated a deep understanding of the apprenticeship landscape, creating opportunities for apprentices to acquire in-demand skills that are crucial for career advancement.
Entry criteria were strict, with only 13 apprenticeship providers being selected from over 1000 currently delivering apprenticeships in England. Eligibility criteria included:
- Judged ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted
- Have an apprenticeship achievement rate of 51% or above
- Have at least a 4-star employer feedback rating
- Be in good financial health
- Delivered apprenticeships for more than 5 years
Avant met all of the above criteria and was able to submit a written application, which was then assessed against a rigid scoring matrix by the DfE.
“I am delighted that following our application we have been successful and will be part of this elite group of providers and the only one in the Humber,” said Steve Roe, Chief Executive at Avant Skills Academy. “This status is a testament to our team’s unwavering dedication to delivering high-quality training and education to local employers. This status will also give us special flexibilities and permissions in the apprenticeship service, which includes accessing the system on behalf of employers to support them when taking on an apprentice.”
As an Apprenticeship Expert Provider, Avant Skills Academy will work closely with local employers to support them in taking on a new apprentice or training their existing staff through the programme. This will simplify the apprenticeship recruitment process for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It will reduce the administrative tasks, time, and resources associated with using the apprenticeship service, freeing up businesses to concentrate more on what they do best, running their businesses.