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Senior Management Team  

  • Mark Dawe, Chief Executive Officer |    [email protected]
  • Jane Hickie, Chief Operating Officer, for operations, membership and events issues | [email protected] | 07909 966621
  • Mo Parsons, PA to the CEO & COO | [email protected] | 07854 215490
  • Simon Ashworth, Chief Policy Officer, for policy issues | [email protected] 07957 560627
  • Aidan Relf, Director of Public Affairs, for press, social media and lobbying | [email protected] | 07710 305182


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I am sure you will all know the news by now – after over 4 years I am leaving AELP. Firstly thank you to so many people who have sent me messages over the past 24 hours – very kind words all round. I should start by repeating the statement I made yesterday because it really captures everything: “While I leave behind a great dedicated team and many incredible members at AELP, it certainly isn’t goodbye, and the memories will last for a lifetime! Indeed there is still much for AELP and me as

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AELP CEO Announcement

It was announced today that Mark Dawe, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), will be leaving AELP in mid-August to take up a new role within the skills sector. Current chief operating officer, Jane Hickie, has been promoted to become AELP’s managing director as part of a new structure which the AELP Board has put in place to address the challenges that Covid-19 has presented. Her appointment recognises the crucial part that she has played in AELP’s

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AELP responds to Prime Minister’s statement on apprenticeships and Labour’s letter to the Education Secretary

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has called on the Department for Education to intervene and ensure that the country’s apprenticeship training provider infrastructure remains in place as part of the post-pandemic recovery plan. This follows the Prime Minister’s statement to the Commons Liaison Committee yesterday that he would “look at the idea” of giving young people aged 16 to 25 an ‘apprenticeship guarantee’. The proposal was put to him by the Education select c

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29 May

Chief Executive Officer's COVID-19 Weekly Member Update 29 May

A weekly update from AELP's Chief Executive, Mark Dawe during the COVID-19 crisis. Open to networks too. Email us to register if you have not received an invite: [email protected]

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2 Jun

Understanding the different forms of assessment involved in EPA

What you need to know to effectively plan for End Point Assessment in apprenticeships.

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3 Jun

Understanding Quality of Education

This webinar will examine in detail exactly what each of these terms – curriculum intent, implementation and impact – really mean within the context of work-based learning. In doing so, we will endeavour to demystify the terminology around what are, to a large extent, some quite simple and straightforward concepts, many of which are not new within the world of education or inspection.

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Featured Member - Total People

Date published: 19.05.2020

Total People is one of the largest providers of apprenticeships and work-based learning in the North West of England, with all profits re-invested for the benefit of learners and employers.

With a breadth of experience in delivering training from Level 1 to Level 5, and training centres throughout the North West, Total People can support learners at every stage of their career.

Total People works closely with employers who pay the Government’s apprenticeship levy, as well as supporting SMEs, and our specialist team can recommend tailored training solutions with a focus on return on investment and productivity.


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