Independent Training Providers (ITPs) are a key part of the Further Education provider infrastructure, supporting learners and employers through the delivery of apprenticeships adult skills, education for young people and specialist provision.
The key difference between an ITP and an FE College is that an ITP can be either privately owned, run by a third sector organisation, CIC or charity.
ITP’s are subject to OFSTED, ESFA/Government quality inspections and audits just like colleges are. ITP’s offer a diverse range of courses, and each ITP will provide a unique set of programmes. You can check individual provider websites for specific details of their offer.
Example training can include Apprenticeships, post 16 study programmes, back to work employability courses for job seekers, personal development and life skills courses, English and maths, in-work skills development training for staff career progression and adult education courses for work or leisure.
ITP provision can take place in a training centre, community setting or in the workplace and is often flexible to suit the requirements of both the students and employers (where an employer is involved).
Class sizes can vary according to the type of programme being delivered and the needs of the group. Being employed as a tutor in an ITP can be very rewarding and can often suit learners and staff who are looking to work in an alternative setting to a traditional college environment.
To find contact details for Independent providers in your area, please visit your local training provider network members directory:
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