QA Apprenticeships has been awarded onto the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) apprenticeships framework, giving public sector employers a highly streamlined new way to hire QA apprentices, use the apprenticeship levy to upskill existing staff, bolt on extra training and get the in-demand skills their workforces need.

YPO is a leading UK procurement provider for the public sector. Its apprenticeships framework allows schools, the NHS, emergency services, councils and other wider public sector (WPS) employers to choose from approved apprenticeship providers, enrol existing staff onto apprenticeships and hire new apprentices to train in sought-after areas. This bypasses a standard 9+ week procurement process, providing a much more appealing and user-friendly experience for procurement managers in the public sector.

Employers can choose from a range of in-demand QA apprenticeship programmes through the framework, including Infrastructure Technician Level 3, Network Engineer Level 4, Software Development Technician Level 3, Software Developer Level 4, Associate Project Manager Level 4, Data Analyst Level 4 and IS Business Analyst Level 4.

The new QA contract covers public sector employers in the South East, London, North West, West Midlands, South West, Yorkshire and Humber, East Midlands and North East of England.

“We’re delighted to have been awarded a place on the YPO apprenticeships framework,” says QA Apprenticeships Managing Director Ben Pike. “This makes the procurement of apprenticeship programme easier for our public sector employers through a familiar, recognised framework and is a really positive way to ensure that the quality of provision is the key focus. We look forward to serving our public sector employers and their staff with our award-winning tech and digital programmes available across the UK.”

"We recognised that procuring apprenticeships can quickly become confusing for the public sector and we wanted to offer a solution for our customers,” says Lizzy Grayson, Category Manager at YPO. “We’re thrilled that we have been able to review and accept tender bids from suppliers such as QA, whose Ofsted scores and knowledge will reassure our customers and support them with developing their apprenticeship offering.’’

About QA Group

QA is the UK’s leading learning organisation providing training, consultancy, apprenticeships and post graduate degrees on a range of technical, business and leadership subjects. With over 22 UK training centres – including their Apprenticeships and Consulting Academies – and a range of online learning options, QA offer an unparalleled set of learning solutions to both private and public sector organisations.