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College Group named on Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)

31st March 2017

Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (incorporating Newcastle-under-Lyme College, Stafford College and training provider, Axia Solutions), has been confirmed as an approved apprenticeship training provider on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).

All providers on the register have been through a rigorous assessment process to ensure they meet apprenticeship quality expectations.  Levy-paying employers will be able to choose their apprenticeship training delivery from this high-quality, flexible and responsive provider base for all apprentices starting their programmes from May 2017.

Craig Hodgson, Vice Principal of Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group, said: “We are delighted that we have been successfully placed on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.  As a group, our offer has gone from strength to strength over recent years; we now cover a broad geographic area, providing a tailored service to around 500 local and regional employers.  Our placement on the register will give our employer partners the reassurance that they are doing business with a high-quality, responsive training provider with a strong track record of success.”

From May 2017 the government is introducing a fundamental change to the way apprenticeships in England are funded with the launch of the new Apprenticeship Levy.  The intention of the new levy is to put control of funding in the hands of the employers and applies to all employers with a pay bill greater than £3million.  For further information regarding the levy, please visit

To find out more information about recruiting an apprentice please call 01782 254287 (Newcastle Office) or 01785 275660 (Stafford Office) alternatively you can email


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