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AELP appoints its first Devolution Director

AELP appoints its first Devolution Director to help take advantage of fantastic opportunities in the regions The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has made a senior and very experienced staff appointment in response to fast moving developments in the devolution of skills budgets in England.

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Countdown Issue 903

First of all, I have to say a massive thank you to the IfA and the first signs of real transparency. Finally, the government has said publicly what AELP has been saying before the levy started – there is not enough money to do everything that the government wants. We think there should be more investment in apprenticeships, not less and the IfA have shown us why it is essential. Here’s the slide:

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AELP response to the Ofsted annual report

On 4 December, the Chief Inspector published her annual report for 2017-18. She reported that 78% of independent training providers are currently judged to be good or outstanding. This figure is a 3 point drop on last year but it includes new providers and employers, and the decrease is explained by the report stating that “We judged nearly two thirds of the ILPs (including employer providers) being inspected for the first time as requires improvement or inadequate”. AELP CEO Mark Dawe comments:

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12 Dec

Monitoring Visit Readiness

All new RoAPT providers will receive an Ofsted 2 day Monitoring Visit. An unsatisfactory outcome in any of the 3 areas inspected could lead to a provider being unable to enrol new apprentices or ultimately removed from the register. Make sure your company is ready for the visit.

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13 Dec

Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers 2018 Workshop

Guarantee your future delivery of Apprenticeships through securing a place on the new register

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9 Jan

Preparing to Implement the Functional Skills Reforms – Level 1 and Level 2

This one day workshop will provide a sound overview of the differences between the current (legacy) Functional Skills English and maths and the reformed Functional Skills English and maths at Levels 1 and 2 and consider the transitional requirements.

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Independent Training & Skills Services Ltd


Bally Bhogal is Founder and CEO of ITSS Ltd, a niche consultancy advising large and small organisations on all aspects of training and Apprenticeships. ITSS services include brokerage, Employer-Provider Apprenticeship programme implementation, IQA services and bespoke projects, including research, bid-writing, training audits, employer engagement and policy framework development.

Bally has over 15 years’ experience in funded training and Apprenticeships and is the creator and developer of the unique end-to-end Spectrum-39™ Model for Apprenticeship programme implementation and management.
Bally is a regular speaker on the Apprenticeship agenda at events and conferences for various of organisations including the FSB and the AELP.

Contact Details: Bally Bhogal, [email protected], 07399 426907



Firebrand Training


Firebrand is the UK's leader in accelerated learning, providing the fastest, most comprehensive and industry-relevant training to IT and digital professionals at every stage of their careers since 2001. Over 68,000 students have received the knowledge and credentials that businesses need, faster than any other provider through our proven accelerated learning model.

Firebrand is a provider for every IT professional, from apprentices changing or starting their career to senior managers exploring the latest products. Once in our training centre, students eat, sleep and breathe new learning, gaining as much from the experiences of their classmates as from their Firebrand instructor’s expertise. This immersive approach develops knowledgeable, practical and collaborative professionals who are ready to accelerate their careers in IT through a commitment to lifelong learning.



Laser Learning


Specialists in education technology and digital learning resources, Laser Learning successfully provide the Laser e-portfolio and signature Laser Lessons to colleges, training providers, and businesses across the UK and internationally. Our fully audit-compliant Laser e-portfolio, developed by education professionals, blends assessment with additional digital resources written by subject specialists covering learning outcomes for a wide selection of UK qualifications.
Each of our Laser Lessons has been developed to engage and educate learners using a variety of appropriate material including filmed tutorials, good practice example videos, reading, and extended learning.
Learning materials endorsed by NCFE CACHE and Skills for Care.

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