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Countdown Issue 948

Date published: 07.11.2019

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And here we go. Into an election period. Firstly, it means officials suddenly disappear off the face of the earth along with the politicians (in terms of national policy) as purdah hits. No public appearances, no new announcements. It is how it is and there is nothing we can do about that. Thus, the delay in Ofsted annual report, the delay in any more significant ESFA announcements, IfATE announcements etc. etc. The Forgotten 50% I wrote a few weeks ago about the impression I had of the

Patron Think Piece: OneFile - How to implement your apprenticeship curriculum

Date published: 05.11.2019

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Ofsted has a new judgement area: Quality of Education. This new judgement made its debut in the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), so it’s still brand new to providers. Basically it means that Ofsted wants providers to demonstrate their curriculum intent, implementation and impact – the three ‘I’s. The phrase curriculum intent has caused a bit of a stir across the sector, but providers don’t need to panic – it's not a new thing. Training providers have always had to design, plan,

Countdown Issue 947

Date published: 31.10.2019

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Sitting on the train back from Manchester – before you start all I can say is sorry, it was a long-delayed journey. What an amazing conference – great speakers, great audience and some really crunchy issues covered. Across all the speakers I think there was a message that they respected AELP and their members. They may not agree with everything we say, but at least we say it and we come up with solutions. Non-levy transition and levy transfer For many in the room, the most significant

Providers call for improvements in future procurements of devolved Adult Education Budget

Date published: 29.10.2019

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Providers call for improvements in future procurements of devolved Adult Education Budget A new AELP survey of independent training providers has identified how the Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) could improve future procurement arrangements for the Adult Education Budget following tenders related to half of the £1.5bn budget devolved to the English regions. AELP is committed to the devolution of AEB and the combined authorities getting the best

An Inspector Calls

Date published: 28.10.2019

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It was the last Monday of the month and we’d settled down for our monthly team meeting and CPD activities when the phone rang. It was ‘the’ call. I very quickly lost my appetite for the pizza due to be delivered at lunch time, a treat during our monthly meetings, although that did return just as quickly when the pizza arrived! The initial call was followed by a call from our Lead Inspector, emailed links to the Ofsted portal and a second follow up call, again with the Lead Inspector

Countdown Issue 946

Date published: 24.10.2019

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First of all, we are only a week away from our Autumn conference in Manchester at the Midland Hotel. We have a fantastic line up of speakers and a significant number of members already registered to attend. There is still time to register and it would be great to see as many of you as possible. This is a time of great change and the more input we have from delegates the better. AELP policy asks I have shared with everyone our main policy asks [Briefing Paper 65 and Briefing Paper 66] over

National Retraining Scheme should be recast as ‘Traineeships for Adults’

Date published: 23.10.2019

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The challenged and slowly rolled-out £100m National Retraining Scheme should be restructured to become a ‘traineeship for adults’. The call in a new policy statement from the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) says a vital rethink is necessary if we are to avoid another “expensive skills white elephant” such as the Employer Ownership of Skills pilot (EOP) which over 5 years until 2017 saw £350m of taxpayers’ money completely wasted. AELP recommends the creation of a

Countdown Issue 944

Date published: 10.10.2019

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Train journeys to Birmingham, Leeds and Selby this week – so watch out for the word count!! One of my earliest memories in FE was soon after Incorporation and I was Head of Corporate Services at Canterbury College. There was great excitement as Nicky Clarke was coming to the college to open our new hair and beauty salon (now aged 60 by the way but still looking as youthful as ever – google him!). He was the main man in hairdressing at that time. One of the students had written to him and he

Countdown Issue 943

Date published: 02.10.2019

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How much more positive could you get!!! It’s been fascinating fishing around trying to find decent research that links skills and apprenticeships to improving productivity in companies. There are several anecdotes and some reports that reference it, and everyone agrees it is true, but it seems to be limited research. We continue to look but, if any member knows of anything, PLEASE send it through to us. It is vital in nailing Treasury support for the growth of apprenticeships going forward –

NEW Research: UNREALISED POTENTIAL: THE ROLE OF INDEPENDENT TRAINING PROVIDERS IN MEETING SKILLS NEEDS

Date published: 01.10.2019

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Governments around the world recognise the importance of skills as driver of socio-economic development. ‘Unrealised Potential: the role of Independent Training Providers in meeting skills needs’ is new research (published September 2019) by AELP and commissioned by the British Council. As Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policy has increasingly been driven by economic considerations, this series explores the role TVET plays in supporting productivity, business growth and

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