What is COATA?
The Confederation of Apprenticeship Training Agencies (COATA) is an umbrella organisation set up by 11 Apprenticeship Training Agencies (ATAs) across the UK to promote and support the development of the ATA model.
ATAs recruit and train young people on a fully accredited apprenticeship framework while they get on-the-job experience with a host company.
The key offer of an ATA is that they directly employ the young people and therefore take all the risk and bureaucracy of recruitment and employment away from a host business.
Companies know they are getting a reputable product when they come to COATA looking to take on a young person from one of its ATAs. They can be certain that their organisation will grow and develop, while helping to lift young people out of unemployment.
HRH, The Duke of York, is a patron of COATA, who is particularly interested in promoting skills and education for young people, and in apprenticeships and training.
COATA currently consists of 11 ATAs but any ATA that meets the set criteria can join. COATA is working with the National Apprenticeship Service to agree a framework for ATAs.
What COATA does:
• sets a quality standard that all ATA members must meet and follow
• supports the development of the ATA model
• provides a forum for ATAs to discuss issues of common concern
• raises the profile of ATAs and promotes their benefits to the government and industry
COATA Chairman Peter Pledger said: “The current economic climate means that businesses now more than ever need apprentices to help grow their businesses. COATA ensures that companies looking to take on new staff, can do so in the knowledge that they are using a reputable product when they approach any of our ATA members.”