Association of Employment and Learning Providers

AELP Research

Welcome to the new AELP Research page!Over the last few years, AELP has undertaken a raft of research. Find out more here!

Member Publications - Sector Connect

Sector Connect is available to download here.

Member Showcase

The Member Showcase is a free AELP Member Benefit available to all members and features the services they offer; it offers a unique opportunity for all members to have a marketing profile and dedicated presence on the AELP homepage with a link to a specially created Member Showcase page. A number of members have already taken advantage of the Member Showcase feature which also appears in the bimonthly members’ newsletter, Connect.

For additional advertising opportunities, e.g. Banner Headlines, Plain Text Display, HTML Email Marketing, Page Displays and Button Adverts, please refer to the Advertising Rate Card or contact the AELP Admin Team via email at for further assistance.
(*Note: the Member Showcase feature is available to all AELP members to use once, at no extra charge; any subsequent marketing activities will be subject to current rate card).

Apprenticeship Staff Support Programme (ASSP)

Commissioned and funded by The Education and Training Foundation, the £1.5m Apprenticeship Staff Support Programme is being managed by AELP. Fourteen organisations have been awarded funding to deliver professional development support and resources that can be disseminated across the breadth of the vocational education and training sector to facilitate continuous improvement among Apprenticeship staff. Click on the page to learn more!

Traineeship Staff Support Programme (TSSP)

The Education and Training Foundation has made funding available for the design and delivery of innovative and high quality professional development support, resources and materials which can be accessed by, and will benefit, the wider education and training workforce in order to improve outcomes from traineeship programmes for learners and employers. Click on the page to learn more!

Workforce Development (Formerly HR Forum)

The HR Forum Topic Page aims to support the activities of AELP’s HR Forum. The HR Forum has been set up to support Members, both large and small, in the development of their HR practices.

Single Adult Skills Budget

The resources on this page have been designed to help providers maximise the opportunities created by the introduction of the single Adult Skills Budget, helping them to become more confident in the use of the budget flexibilities.

Study Programmes and Traineeships

Welcome to the new Study Programmes and Traineeships topics page.

QCF Unit Funding Trials

This page contains the evaluation of the Unit Funding Trials that a small group of independent training providers took part in between May and July 2011 plus a Guide to Funding Unit Delivery. The funding guide is designed to support providers in the utilisation of funding and the management of employer investment for the delivery of QCF units. It includes case studies featuring 6 of the providers who took part in the trials.

Minimum Contract Levels (MCL)

As part of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) efficiency saving s from 1st August 2011 SFA will no longer contract directly with providers who hold ‘small contracts’. The minimum contract level (MCL) will be confirmed at the end of November when the Skills Investment Strategy is published. ALP anticipates that the MCL for 2011/2012 contracts will be set at around £500,000. This will have a direct effect on 625 providers who are likely to no longer be able to contract directly with the SFA. ALP anticipates that the MCL will be raised year on year over the next four years to a level which will be announced in the Skills Investment Strategy.