Appris Charity is a not for profit, registered charity. Established in 1967 as a Group Training Association (GTA) that continues to be governed by engineering employers to this day. Appris Management Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Appris Charity Limited.
The heart of Appris’ business is Apprenticeships, specialising in the delivery of Engineering and Manufacture apprenticeships. With over 150 member companies and 400+ apprentices in learning across West Yorkshire, Appris is the provider of choice for the engineering industry. Our WorldSkills winning apprentices are an international testimony to the quality of our provision.
What Makes a GTA Unique?
Since the 1960s Group Training Associations (GTAs) have provided solutions to the workforce development needs of employers large and small around the country, delivering high quality technical training and achieving success rates consistently above the national average, thereby creating real opportunities for many thousands of young people and adults to pursue worthwhile careers in industries critical to the UK economy’s growth.
Group Training Associations (GTAs) were first introduced as a result of the 1964 Industrial Training Act. During the 1960s, the Engineering Training Board (EITB) were responsible for founding a large number of the 40 GTAs still in existence, as a way of ensuring employers had access to high-quality Engineering technicians where they were needed around the country. In 2012, a ‘Commission of Inquiry into the Role of Group Training Associations’ was established, and the Commission report was authored by Professor Lorna Unwin of the Institute of Education. It concluded that:
- “GTAs should be central to the Government’s plans for economic growth, rebalancing the economy, increasing the stocks of technician and higher level skills, and the expansion and improvement of apprenticeships.”
- Group Training Associations deliver the robust governance and public good benefits of a college, with the best of employer responsiveness associated with private training providers. This is evident through the following characteristics:
- GTAs are employer governed and therefore representative of employers demand
- GTAs are not for profit, limited by guarantee organisations with surpluses re-invested into provision
- GTAs support sectors contained in the Industrial Strategy that are identified for economic growth with a particular emphasis on STEM related areas
- Provision predominantly available at GTAs is at level 3 and is learners have employed status from commencement
- The GTA business model ensures income from commercial activities ranging from 50% to upwards of 80% of turnover. There is a synergy between the high-quality commercial work (training delivery, training consultancy, setting up and operating technical training centres) and the high-quality apprenticeship and study programme provision.
- GTAs contextualise learning in environments that models a technology-rich 21st-century workplace, and which exude the professional standards and behaviours that reflect the best of modern working practices
Board members support the business and provide strategic guidance to the Senior Management Team.
Since opening the Engineering Training Centre, the Board has evolved and now has representation from the educational sector, which complements the Board members from the senior engineering sector.