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AELP members encouraged to complete ETF survey on provider preparedness for new Apprenticeship standards | 22 Aug 2014

The Education and Training Foundation (The Foundation) is seeking providers’ views on how it can support the sector to implement the new standards currently being introduced through the Trailblazer Apprenticeships. The Foundation is sector owned by AELP, AoC and Holex.
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AELP Submission: #8 Further education – future development of loans | 22 Aug 2014
A full copy of the paper is available to download below.
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Changes to Apprenticeship Frameworks | 20 Aug 2014
As we have previously reported the CFA have briefed Awarding Organisations (AOs) and providers on the plans to change the Customer Services, Business Administration and Management Apprenticeship Frameworks
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Early Years Apprenticeship Changes | 20 Aug 2014
The information below has just been released by the national College of Teaching and Leadership.
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EFA 16-19 Bursary Fund vulnerable students funding claim form available | 20 Aug 2014
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund vulnerable students 2014 to 2015 funding claim form is now available. Institutions should ensure they read the guidance included within the form before completing and submitting a claim.
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EFA 16-19 funding guidance published | 20 Aug 2014
The final element of the EFA funding guidance for 2014 to 2015, on funding returns and reconciliation will be published week commencing 18 August, having already published the 16 to 19 funding regulations and funding rates and formula guidance documents for 2014 to 2015.
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EFA Issues letter on growth for 2014/15 | 20 Aug 2014
Despite the tough position on budgets within the Department of Education the Education Funding Agency (EFA) have issued a letter setting out the position on in year growth for non College providers.
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Influential think-tank argues Apprenticeships should be level 3 and above and only for those under 24 years of age | 20 Aug 2014

In a new report, Remember The Young Ones: Improving Career Opportunities For Britain’s Young People, the Institute of Public Policy research (IPPR) has outlined a number of areas of focus to improve the vocational pathways into work. AELP agrees with many of these recommendations.
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Labour also announces plans to make all Apprenticeships level 3 | 20 Aug 2014
In a speech at Microsoft, Tristram Hunt, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, has indicated the Labour Party’s intentions on Apprenticeships.
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Nick Boles also appointed construction minister at BIS | 20 Aug 2014
It was reported last week that the skills minister Nick Boles has also been given responsibility for the construction industry at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
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