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AELP appoints its first Devolution Director

Date published: 07.12.2018

  • Press Releases

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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.

Countdown Issue 903

Date published: 06.12.2018

  • Countdown

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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:

AELP response to the Ofsted annual report

Date published: 04.12.2018

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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:

AELP calls for full open debate after government agency admits there is no unspent apprenticeship levy

Date published: 04.12.2018

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On 3 December, FE Week reported on a presentation in which a senior representative of the Institute for Apprenticeships included a slide with the projected costs of apprenticeship starts in England this year and for each year up to and including 2020-21. The paper estimated from the slide that the levy budget is set to be overspent by £0.5 billion this year, rising to £1.5 billion during 2021-22 and the IfA gave the paper the following statement on the presentation slide: “It highlighted that

The Insider 05 - Communications and Media

Date published: 04.12.2018

  • The Insider

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It gives me particular delight to introduce this issue of The Insider because it covers a matter very close to my heart. In fact my 15 minutes of almost global fame came when as an exam board boss, I went on the airwaves to say that pupils should be allowed to google for information during exams. My argument was that exams should be about assessing a young person’s ability to interpret and analyse information, to assess their ability to apply their understanding.

Countdown Issue 902

Date published: 29.11.2018

  • Countdown

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It really is relentless, isn’t it? Finally the register details are out (but not the full details and requirements); devolved authorities tenders are starting to come out (and the timetable and approach is different in every area); limited funding growth for non-levy contracts (but a new government promotion campaign to encourage more SMEs to take on apprenticeships); IfA telling our members they are not adopting standards quick enough (starts are down 40%); ESFA

Countdown Issue 901

Date published: 22.11.2018

  • Countdown

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So I could write less, but then when I hear gems like the apprentice who was logging their holiday as off the job – because they were off the job – how can I not repeat these things? And here’s a petition that all of us, and our students and apprentices, should sign up to https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/227563 - Remove compulsory GCSE English and maths resits for 16-18 year old students – I am vote number 855. From the day it started this policy has been wrong and AELP has said so, as

Patron Think Piece - Aptem: Smart machines can transform apprenticeships

Date published: 22.11.2018

  • Think Pieces

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Artificial intelligence, or the rise of the smart machine, is the stuff of science fiction. But applying machine learning to apprenticeships can deliver a better learning experience, argues Mark Abrahams. The late, and great, Stephen Hawking once told the BBC that “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete, and would be superseded." Dystopian fears are widespread when

Unlocked Special - Countdown Issue 900

Date published: 15.11.2018

  • Countdown

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Happy Birthday to us!!! 900 weeks of Countdown, over 900 members, and hopefully over 900 apprenticeship starts this month, although it is looking less and less likely as we still (incredibly) are waiting for the date the 5% SME contribution will start – nevertheless, plenty to celebrate, and some wonderful support from a whole range of people and organisations.

Countdown Issue 900

Date published: 15.11.2018

  • Countdown

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Happy Birthday to us!!! 900 weeks of Countdown, over 900 members, and hopefully over 900 apprenticeship starts this month, although it is looking less and less likely as we still (incredibly) are waiting for the date the 5% SME contribution will start – nevertheless, plenty to celebrate, and some wonderful support from a whole range of people and organisations.

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