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Countdown Issue 857

Date published: 18.01.2018

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We await to see whether a new Secretary of State has an impact on the apprenticeship policy and implementation, along with the other skills policies including T levels, and next week we have the publication of the latest start figures which should help focus the minds of officials and ministers. While it is certain the starts won’t be down as dramatically as before Christmas, the question is what will the figure be. And whatever that figure is, given it includes September starts, the overall

Sector Connect 122 - January 2018

Date published: 18.01.2018

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In this edition: AELP Spring Conference 2018 - Driving Best Practice T Level Consultation Events Have you checked out our new website recently? Hair & Beauty Sector Forum - Tuesday 6th February 2018 Financial Skills Sector Forum - Thursday 15 February 2018

Impact of apprenticeship reforms on social mobility shared with Damian Hinds

Date published: 10.01.2018

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AELP CEO Mark Dawe has written to Damian Hinds, the new Secretary of State for Education, congratulating the minister on his appointment. Damian Hinds has a track-record of commitment to improving social mobility and the letter enclosed an updated version of AELP’s summary paper on social mobility which had previously been circulated during last autumn’s party conference season. The paper explains how DfE apprenticeship and traineeship policies are actually working against social mobility,

Countdown Issue 856

Date published: 10.01.2018

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If you are ever feeling that you are having bad luck travelling, AELP’s COO Jane Hickie has had a murder, heart attack and theft of signals disrupting her in the last 24 hours on three separate train journeys. We are starting to see the consequences of the non-levy tender exercise already hit. As I travel around the country this week meeting all the network representatives, I am hearing about providers going bust, running on fumes, many cutting their delivery to their allocation which is way

Countdown Issue 855

Date published: 04.01.2018

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Happy New Year to you all – as I start reading my emails again I have mixed feelings – so much potential, so many positive opportunities balanced with so many challenges facing providers old and new. We need to ensure that we promote the amazing work our members are doing with employers and learners as well as keeping slogging away at the craziness. Firstly massive congratulations to Debbie Gardiner, Alex Khan and Chris Jeffery – great to see ITPs being recognised through the honours system

AELP Board Directors honoured in New Year’s Honours list

Date published: 03.01.2018

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AELP Board Directors honoured in New Year’s Honours list Three of the current AELP Board have been among AELP members honoured in Her Majesty’s New Year’s Honours List. AELP Directors Debbie Gardiner (Executive Chair of Qube Learning), Alex Khan (Chief Executive of Lifetime Training) and Chris Jeffery (Non-Executive Director of Skills Group UK) were all recognised with MBEs. Also in receipt of this award were Richard Carter, Governor of West Suffolk College, and Michael Finney, Director of

Ministerial Reply on the Non-levy Apprenticeship ITT Outcome

Date published: 22.12.2017

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Members will be aware from Countdown and the sector press that following the outcome of the most recent non-levy ITT, AELP wrote to ministers calling for an urgent review. In particular, we drew attention to the absurdity of high quality training providers being left without a contract despite ‘passing’ the tender because their contract value had been pro-rated down below the minimum £200,000 threshold.

Disadvantaged young people left again without apprenticeship opportunities after re-run of controversial government procurement

Date published: 21.12.2017

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High quality training providers and colleges including charities have been denied the opportunity by the government to continue offering apprenticeship training to disadvantaged young people.

Countdown Issue 854

Date published: 20.12.2017

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Last Countdown before Christmas. And a New Year’s resolution (because they always work!) to be more concise in 2018 – it’s just there is so much going on at the moment and we are in such a critical period! Subject to what the ESFA and DfE throw our way, Countdown should now be on holiday until 9 January 2018. However there does seem to be a habit that as soon as I plan to have a bit of time off, one or the other or both stick something in the mix that sucks me back into work – let’s hope

Countdown Issue 853

Date published: 13.12.2017

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The Wild West of apprenticeship contracts and delivery continues apace!! In the non-levy world the list released (surely by accident during a live tender period) seems to suggest 250 new providers, 100s of good quality providers gone missing – and how low are expectations when members are celebrating a tender award of 50% of their bid. I thought I could find a quote from Deadwood (Ian McShane Wild West series) to reflect the views of many of our members – while it might reflect what many are

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