Who are we?

AELP is a national membership organisation that represents the interests of an extensive number of organisations that deliver apprenticeships, employability support and vocational learning.

Our main purpose is to lobby for government funded skills and employment programmes that increase workforce productivity and improve social mobility.

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AELP strives to make continual improvements to best serve its members and staff and is proud of the following achievements.

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We offer a range of benefits to our members including guaranteed up-to-date news and insight, added value services to strengthen your business, and lobbying to ensure your interests are represented effectively.

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Countdown Issue 1045

“ITPs are getting more recognition for their important role in tackling the skills crisis”

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Patron Think Piece - Bud Systems - Traineeships – untapped potential?

Traineeships, the skills development programmes that include a work placement, have been a hot topic throughout 2021. With the deadline for a new government cash incentive fast approaching, we thought it was high time we talked about traineeships in more depth. How successful have they been? What challenges do they face? Have cash incentives made a difference? And, most importantly, what can we do to ensure traineeships reach their full potential in the future?

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Countdown Issue 1043

Meeting the new Education Secretary This week, I met the new Secretary of State Nadhim Zahawi with Martin Dunford, AELP Chair. Nadhim is clearly keen to engage right across the sector and made a point of telling us that the “second half of this Parliament will be all about skills” - given his previous background as apprenticeships advisor to the PM during the coalition years, this gives us ground for some cautious optimism. He certainly seemed enthusiastic on apprenticeships and told us he wa

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21 Oct

AELP Webinar: Embedding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into your curriculum

This webinar will provide delegates with an introduction to the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) strategy which should be adopted by all FE and Skills providers, along with practical advice, hints and tips on how the embed into the curriculum and for a whole organisational response. Time: 10 am - 11 am.

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21 Oct

Foundation Special Interest Group

POSTPONED: New meeting date to be confirmed for November 2021. The AELP Foundation Special Interest Group is a complimentary event for members of AELP to attend. The aim of the group is to capture the views and share common interests from members who have an active involvement with learners who are furthest away from the job market and/or a learning environment to secure sustainable work through employability and pre-apprenticeship provision.

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22 Oct

AELP Webinar: A review of the subcontracting rules and requirements for FY21-22

This session will focus on a review of the ESFA’s subcontracting rules and requirements for FY21-22, covering both apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship provision. Following the ESFA’s review of Post-16 subcontracting we are now seeing the outcome of that policy translated into new rules and requirements in a drive to increase transparency and more direct delivery. Time: 10-11:15am

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We offer a variety of training services, ensuring your workforce is fully equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience. Please see below for our offerings:

  • Apprenticeships
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  • Fully Funded Functional Skills
  • Standalone Qualifications and Diplomas
  • Fully Funded Distance Learning Qualifications

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(May only be used once during the lifetime of the membership and for one month only).

To take advantage of this service please supply the following:

  • 1 x corporate logo image
  • Profile of the member organisation, up to a 100 words (maximum)
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With the easing of Covid restrictions AELP is implementing a phased return to the office Monday - Thursday.
Friday's will continue as a 'work from home' day.
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