Protecting apprentices following termination of Premier Partnership contract

19 Nov 2018

PCS is determined to protect the position of apprentices affected by the termination of the Cabinet Office contract with apprenticeship provider Premier Partnership following a damning Ofsted report.

All 668 levy-funded apprentices whose training is being provided by Premier Partnership will have their training provision transferred to an alternative provider. The affected departments include DWP, HMRC and Home Office.

The Ofsted report into Premier Partnership found significant failings in training provision, as well as safeguarding concerns. As a result, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) removed Premier Partnership from its list of approved apprenticeship training agencies (ATAs). This means that Premier Partnership can no longer draw down levy funding.

The Ofsted report also supports the complaints already raised by PCS that in some instances apprentices are refused permission to undertake training which amounts to clear non-compliance with our agreement with the Cabinet Office which guarantees 20% off the job training.

Premier Partnership continues to hold commercial contracts with various government departments, affecting up to a further 2,500 apprentices, to train apprentices whose start date pre-dates the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. These commercial contracts are not affected by the current decision.

If you are affected and need advice please email your relevant departmental lead (see below) or speak to your local union learning rep (ULR):

DWP – Steve Swainton 

HMRC – Hector Wesley  

Home Office – Neil Masters  

Read the update for members in DWP.

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