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Apprenticeship Training Agency

IPS’s Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) model is a flexible solution for companies who would like to employ an apprentice but are put off by the hassle of paperwork. IPS Apprenticeships can take on that responsibility allowing you to get on with your business and benefit from employing an apprentice at the same time.

IPS Apprenticeships will help you to recruit the apprentice; we will then employ the apprentice for you and hires them out to your business for a small fee, whilst you concentrate on running your business.

We will manage the employment, payroll and ongoing personnel administration on your behalf. We will also manage the training funding and qualification process with an approved training provider. As the host and sponsor employer you are in control and on completion of the apprenticeship will have the option of employing the apprentice.

ATAs employ Apprentices on behalf of employers, paying their salary and looking after their employment contract terms and conditions. IPS Apprenticeships is an ATA approved by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and included on their National Register of approved ATAs.

The ATA Model

ATAs offer a unique approach to the recruitment of Apprentices. IPS Apprenticeships will provide a full recruitment, employment and support service to companies that;

  • would like an Apprentice in their business but do not have the infrastructure to directly employ an Apprentice
  • Need the help and support to recruit an Apprentice at no added cost
  • Are a larger employer experiencing a recruitment freeze or have a head count restriction

What an ATA does:

We will:

  • Carry out candidate vetting to include verification of UK right to work, legal identity, proof of residence and qualifications
  • Ensure that the most suitable ‘Apprentice Framework’ is identified in partnership with the Host and the training provider
  • Work with the Host Employer to ensure that the most appropriate training provider is selected to deliver the programme and liaise with that provider to ensure quality and relevance of provision to business needs

IPS Apprenticeships becomes the employer responsible for the duration of the Apprentice’s training for:

  • Payment of Apprentice’s wage (including holiday pay)
  • Making and managing PAYE and NI contributions
  • Health & Safety
  • Performance management
  • Safeguarding & Prevent
  • Dealing with grievance and disciplinary matters
  • Providing pastoral and practical support to both the Apprentice and the Host employer

The Host Employer will be required to provide:

  • A full and thorough induction to the role and organisation
  • A Work Place Supervisor/Mentor to work with the Apprentice and the training provider.
  • A safe working environment
  • A range of work activities and learning experiences that will allow the Apprentice to progress their qualification
  • On the job training and supervision
  • Time for the Apprentice to spend with their Assessor in the workplace and for offsite/off job training/activities in line with the Apprenticeship programme

What it costs

The cost of training is free of charge for 16-18 year olds but host employers may need to make a contribution for those aged 19+ which will vary depending on their circumstances. The host will will agree the Apprentice’s salary which currently would be at or above the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage. We will invoice the host employer for the Apprentice’s salary, statutory deductions where applicable and administration fee (plus VAT).


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