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Countdown Issue 870

Date published: 19.04.2018

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Being thrown into an Education Select Committee after getting back from holiday is one way to get your brain back in gear – what with that and both Plymouth Argyle and Boreham Wood in playoff positions in their leagues, I am not sure whether I can cope with the excitement! Actually, my first day back was at the East of England International Festival of Education hosted by West Suffolk College. As well as a great event, it is one of those examples where you feel quality of the organisation

AELP publishes its Review of Apprenticeship Standards and End Point Assessment to evidence concerns

Date published: 19.04.2018

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Following AELP CEO Mark Dawe’s appearance before the Education Committee in the House of Commons on Tuesday, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers has decided to publish the evidence it gathered before publicly expressing serious concerns on the roll-out of the new standards and end point assessment (EPA) arrangements as a critical component of the apprenticeship reforms.

Countdown Issue 869

Date published: 12.04.2018

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Let’s start this week by offering out our best birthday wishes. Happy birthday to the Apprenticeship Levy which is now officially one-year-old and a good place to start for this week’s Countdown. Last week following a freedom of information request from the Open University we found out that £1.28 billion of the £1.39 billion paid by levy paying employers is currently sitting unused. As a result, we will continue to see the further amplification of organisations such as the CBI calling for

Countdown Issue 868

Date published: 04.04.2018

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If you opened Countdown and were expecting to see an update from the Chief Executive, then alas you will be disappointed. Even Mark occasionally gets a chance to take some well-earned time off so he’s passed me the baton for the next couple of weeks. In last week’s Countdown, Mark laid out the 6 actions that need to be addressed to ensure the Apprenticeship policy will be a great success. Rather than focus on policy this week I wanted to highlight a number of operational areas – “the devil is in

Countdown Issue 867

Date published: 29.03.2018

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This week I was at an open day at Exeter University with my son - next week his Grandad takes him to look at St Andrews – the phrase “as far away as possible” keeps popping into my head! Fantastic facilities, amazing course and I was convinced it will be a great experience for him – we even had a little lecture on behavioural economics and game theory. I was sitting there thinking maybe I should go instead of him and he could start work. The economics course looks really good and we had a

Employers in the driving seat?

Date published: 22.03.2018

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The President of the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), Dame Ruth Silver, has identified an acute need for FE leaders to ‘forecast and shape change’ and ‘to play a stronger part in building the future of the sector’, saying that FE is ‘under-understood, under-conceptualised, under-researched and under-theorised.’ In early 2018, FETL commissioned AELP Research to help address this need by organising a series of facilitated roundtable discussions at which diverse groups of leaders can

Two new Patron Members join AELP

Date published: 22.03.2018

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AELP is delighted to announce that its Patron Member community continues to grow, and welcomes its newest two Patrons, Innovate Awarding and OneFile. Our Patrons play an extremely important role in supporting us to deliver our wide range of services on behalf of our members; we consult with them regularly, using their insight to help inform our strategy. Furthermore, they engage regularly with our members to ensure they can benefit from their insight and expertise.

Countdown Issue 866

Date published: 21.03.2018

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It’s like someone has open the floodgates – ructions at the ETF, FE funding review, AoC’s poke at private providers – whatever next – it goes on and on. Just when I thought I might get a little break before this weeks Annual Apprenticeship Conference – but oh no. However we still can’t get the Department to clear the draft guidance for Off the Job Training nor the draft guidance that has been with them for months on the new sub-contracting rules (I think this is what the AoC described as

Countdown Issue 865

Date published: 15.03.2018

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This Countdown picks up at the end of National Apprenticeship Week and into another week where things don’t seem to be getting any quieter. Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting Dyson, specifically to look at their development of a new University and how they might work with World Skills, but we also discussed the wider skills development within the organisation. Before I arrived I seemed to have gathered about 10 orders for the Dyson hairdryer as if there would be buckets of them as I walk

AELP withdraws from the governance of the Education and Training Foundation

Date published: 15.03.2018

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The Board of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has decided that AELP should formally withdraw from the sector ownership of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and that AELP should give up its representation on the ETF Board with immediate effect.

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