Covid-19 means there will be a ‘new normal’. We may not know what exactly what that ‘normal’ looks like yet, but we know that the skills sector will need to change and adapt to support business recovery.

We have therefore taken the decision, in these unprecedented circumstances, to re-brand our autumn conference as the Business Recovery Conference.

Throughout the Business Recovery Conference, we will:

  • Focus on training providers, colleges and any other provider that is working to support employers to get back on track through the recruitment and training of new staff, or of retraining their existing workforce.
  • Focus on making sure we can help young people and unemployed adults into apprenticeships, traineeships and pre-employment programmes to maximise their chance of securing and sustaining employment.
  • Focus on how all skills and employment providers can optimise their delivery model.
  • Focus on ensuring providers have the very latest government guidance updating providers on a safe and effective return to work, giving the best chance of business recovery and success


Our conference will look to the future. We will examine the latest sector, economic and provider data, so we can understand and confidently plan a path forward with reference to recent developments, and emerging changes to funding and operational guidance. Our aim will be to create a shared understanding of how employers, learners, government and devolved authorities can work together to support business recovery.


The Business Recovery Conference will be hosted entirely online. This format recognises the probability that large gatherings will still not be allowed at the time of the conference.

We also recognise that the autumn will be a busy time for sector organisations and are committed to delivering a flexible conference for our delegates. Our online format will enable delegates to select and register for specific sessions that they feel are of particular relevance. It will also enable organisations to assign different members of their management team to focus on particular sessions.


The Business Recovery Conference will take place on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th September.

We have taken the decision to schedule our conference at this time so that we will have access to robust sector and economic data that will helps us plan for the future. We are also hopeful that the conference will follow the lifting of lockdown, at a time when organisations have had time to re-establish their working patterns.


AELP Member Rate

£100 per organisation

Non-member Rate

£275 per organisation

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