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Countdown Issue 920

Date published: 18.04.2019

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With the Chief Executive taking a short well-earned break, the responsibility falls on me as the “guest” contributor to provide the main Countdown article this week, and firstly on behalf of the team at AELP I just wanted to take a moment to wish all our members a Happy Easter! When stepping in to write in Countdown I always like to look back over the last week to see what burning issues have come up that would be worth exposing and/or debating further. For me there is just one hot topic which

The Insider 07 - Employers and Providers

Date published: 18.04.2019

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Welcome to the latest issue of The Insider. An edition of The Insider with a focus on employers and providers working together couldn’t be better timed. And even more so, what better than a feature from Lucy Hunte of Health Education England representing collectively one of the largest groupings of apprenticeship levy payers in the form of the NHS Trusts. As I read Lucy’s article, two aspects struck me in particular on how relevant her points are at this juncture of the apprenticeship reforms

Patron Think Piece - What Technology Can Do For Social Impact In Apprenticeships

Date published: 15.04.2019

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We all know technology sometimes gets bad press. But can it deliver a positive social impact in apprenticeships? Richard Alberg, CEO of MWS Technology Ltd, says the experience of Aptem suggests yes. Social impact means the (ideally positive!) contribution an organisation or action has on a pressing social challenge. It is seen as an unqualified social good, and rightly so. And the parent of social impact is, more often than not, policy. But are there other ways of thinking about social impact –

Tough choices for apprenticeship funding

Date published: 11.04.2019

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The chief secretary to the treasury said that she wants to look at education budgets when she oversees this autumn’s spending review. But before anyone in our part of the sector gets too excited, the minister insisted that in terms of a child’s age, the younger the better as far as impactful expenditure is concerned. And with Brexit delayed, uncertainty over the economy and the public finances will continue which means that providers can’t become too hopeful about possible relief for the

Countdown Issue 919

Date published: 10.04.2019

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Firstly I stand corrected. I know it is like Halley’s comet, but it does happen. I got overexcited last week that the QAR was going. It is not that the rubbish measuring system is being scrapped, it is the minimum performance levels using the rubbish measuring system will no longer be used – sorry for the confusion and thank you to all the members and government officials who pointed this out (to be clear the government officials didn’t call it a rubbish measuring system). Last weekend I had

Parliamentary Newsletter 26

Date published: 09.04.2019

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Countdown Issue 918

Date published: 04.04.2019

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Firstly, what a week last week – the Annual Apprenticeship Conference, the AELP Spring Conference and the incredible FE Week / AELP AAC Awards. At the awards there was a packed room with over 500 people and incredible stories behind every shortlisted organisation. Anyone who has any doubt about the commitment of the apprenticeship providers of all shapes and sizes (!) and the incredible work they do should take a look at the nominations and the winners

‘Employers aren’t really in the driving seat on skills’, finds AELP/FETL research

Date published: 03.04.2019

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The state stills remains firmly in control of skills provision in this country despite government claiming that reforms over the last five years have put employers in command. This principal finding came as a result of research conducted by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers and the Further Education Trust for Leadership of 81 FE and skills sector leaders in nine roundtable discussions around England. The research set out to find whether the ‘employer in the driving seat’

Think Piece - Pointer 3: Core skills will get you further than certifications.

Date published: 03.04.2019

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By far the most common tale across our conversations with hundreds of employers every year is their struggle to hire IT professionals with the necessary qualifications and experience to support their current projects. As a rule, the small pool of experienced personnel for hire tend to work on a contract basis, moving between companies where they can command a higher salary or extend the variety of their CV. This makes it difficult to retain highly skilled personnel on a fixed salary for any

Patron Think Piece - NCFE - End-Point Assessment – A New Vantage Point

Date published: 01.04.2019

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During my career I’ve benefitted from seeing the UK Skills System from a variety of perspectives. This has ranged from frontline delivery of employability programmes in some of the most disadvantaged communities in Europe, to a strategy and policy role at the Learning & Skills Council (now the Education & Skills Funding Agency), through to being nominated for an Ofsted inspection a matter of weeks into my first senior management role. Yet, as insightful and diverse as this experience has been,

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