Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA)

The Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) model is intended to support the delivery of a high quality apprenticeship programme with employers who wish to use the services of an ATA to source, arrange and host their apprenticeships. This could be for a number of reasons including them not being able to commit to the full framework, short term restrictions on employee numbers, or uncertainty about the value of an apprenticeship.

The distinctive feature of this model is that it is the ATA that acts as the apprentice’s employer and places them with a host employer. The host employer pays the ATA a fee for the apprentice’s services; this fee being based on the wage agreed with the host (at least the national minimum wage for apprentices) and the ATA management fee.

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