• POLICY AND INTELLIGENCE ... Work with us in our drive to make the engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors a UK priority
  • CAREERS PATHWAYS ... Picture Yourself Here: explore the opportunities in the UK's most advanced sectors from Apprenticeships to professional development
  • STANDARDS, QUALIFICATIONS AND FRAMEWORKS ... Your one stop shop for essential resources and information for delivering engineering, science and technology skills
  • SKILLS SOLUTIONS ... Maximise your people, skills and productivity: how Semta can help


Led by employers, our job is to transform the skills and productivity of the people who power our engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies sectors, enabling UK industry to compete on the global stage. We bring together employers and education to focus action on skills.

Who we work with

Semta’s many strategic partners include:

  • ADS
  • Advanced Manufacturing Institute Training Centre
  • Aerospace Wales
  • Aircraft Research Association
  • Avanti Knowledge Network Limited
  • BEMA
  • British Constructional Steelwork Association Ltd
  • British Fluid Power Association
  • British Marine Federation
  • Careers Wales
  • CBI
  • Colleges Northern Ireland
  • Colleges Wales
  • Community
  • Composites UK
  • Confederation of British Metal Forming
  • CSEU
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department for Education
  • Design London
  • East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
  • EDT
  • EEF
  • Engineering and Machinery Alliance
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Engineering Construction Training
  • Engineering Council UK
  • Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards
  • Federation of Small Businesses
  • Gatwick Diamond Initiative
  • Glasgow Economic Leadership Group
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • IMarEST
  • Institute of Cast Metals Engineers
  • Institute of Minerals Finishing
  • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
  • Intellect UK
  • International Institute of Marine Surveying
  • LEMA Academy
  • Leaping Man Group of Providers
  • Liverpool LEP
  • Manufacturing Advisory Service
  • Manufacturing Northern Ireland
  • Metsec plc
  • Mid Wales Manufacturing Group
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Motor Industry Association
  • National Apprenticeship Service
  • National Composites Centre
  • National Microelectronics Institute
  • National Skills Academy for Nuclear Manufacturing
  • National Skills Academy Process Industries
  • National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering
  • North London Chamber of Commerce
  • North Scotland Industries Group
  • North West Aerospace Alliance
  • Numatic International Ltd
  • Ofqual
  • Photonics Academy
  • Plymouth Manufacturers' Group
  • Proactive Gas Safety
  • Queen’s University of Belfast
  • Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Royal Instituion of Naval Architects
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service
  • Scottish Qualifications Authority
  • Semmco
  • Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Skills Funding Agency
  • Society of Martime Industries
  • Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
  • Sunderland Council
  • TDR
  • Technology Advisory Group
  • Tees Valley Unlimited
  • The ESTNET
  • The Manufacturing Institute
  • The Scottish Funding Council
  • Transport for London
  • TUC
  • UK Commission for Employment and Skills
  • UKEA
  • UK Steel
  • UKTI
  • Union Learn
  • Unite the Union
  • University of Ulster
  • Wales TUC
  • WEAF
  • Welsh Automotive Forum
  • Welsh Government
  • Wolverhampton University
  • WorldSkills UK


Semta - approved Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA)

Semta also works closely with employers an approved ATA by the Skills Funding Agency.

ATAs offer a unique approach to the recruitment of apprentices. They are specifically designed to support employers who wish to take on an apprentice but are unable to in the current economic climate. In particular they can support employers whose order book will not currently allow them to commit to employing an apprentice for the full period of the Apprenticeship, but know that they will need fully trained employees when the economy picks up.

The distinctive feature of the ATA model is that it is the ATA who acts as the apprentice employer and who places them with a host employer. The host employer pays the ATA a fee for the apprentices' services; this fee being based on the wage agreed with the host and the ATA management fee.

Semta ATA model offers other benefits, these include;

  • Support with recruitment – finding the right apprentice to meet the employers' needs
  • Responsibility for the wages, tax, National Insurance as well as administration and performance management.
  • Supervision of the apprentice during the Apprenticeship period
  • Also key is the flexibility the ATA can offer both to the employer and to the apprentice. If circumstances change the ATA will find alternative and appropriate employment for the apprentice giving them the reassurance that they can continue their Apprenticeship, whilst ensuring the employer knows they have this option.

The Apprenticeship Training Agency model is being developed to contribute to the success of apprenticeships by giving access for a greater number of employers and young people.

If you are interested is using this model to recruit an apprentice please call us on 0845 643 9001 or email customerservices@semta.org.uk

For further information on ATA's please visit the Skills Funding Agency.



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