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Who we are

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is a national membership body, proudly representing its many member organisations that deliver training and vocational learning.


One voice, making a difference

AELP members support thousands of businesses and millions of learners in England by delivering a wide range of training, vocational learning, and employability programmes. We support learners of all ages, in every community, and at every level of post-16 study.

      • Expert lobbying of decision-makers across Government departments, public bodies and Combined Authorities, based on the issues that matter to learners, providers and employers
      • Up-to-date, relevant, and accessible policy information, analysis, and guidance
      • Specialist research, developed in collaboration with a range of sector experts
      • Live news and information pertinent to the sector
      • Events, roundtables, conferences, webinars, and workshops
      • Regional and sector-specific support, information, lobbying and engagement
      • Networking and collaboration opportunities

AELP are leading policy experts in the further education sector. We fundamentally believe that:

      • Skills, training, and employment policy should focus on giving employers and learners greater choice. Learners should have equal access to support and provision, regardless of their age, location, or background.
      • Training providers should all be treated equally by Government, regardless of whether they are a college, independent training provider, employer provider, local authority, or third sector organisation. There should be no difference in funding, contracting, and accountability arrangements.
      • There should be skills and employment programmes available for all ages and at every level of study. However, increasing opportunities for 16-24-year-olds and those from disadvantaged backgrounds should always be a priority.
      • There should be a more joined-up approach to skills and employment policy and programmes across different government departments, to avoid duplication and ensure there is a seamless offer of support to learners and the unemployed.
      • Careers advice should be accessible for all-ages, in every area, with good links between schools and training providers. Vocational and work-based routes into employment should have the same parity of esteem as traditional academic routes.