AELP lobbies on behalf of its members to represent their views. Our main purpose is to lobby for government funded skills and employment programmes that increase work force productivity and improve social mobility.

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Spending Review submission for skills focuses on productivity and social mobility

Date published: 24.06.2019

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AELP launches ‘Good to Great’ support programme for independent training providers

Date published: 24.06.2019

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AELP launches ‘Good to Great’ support programme for independent training providers AELP members wanting to become great training providers are being invited to sign up for an 8-month structured support programme to help achieve their ambitions. Announced at the start of today’s AELP annual conference, the programme, delivered by AELP, will support established good quality providers to become great across five core areas of operation. Beginning in the autumn, ‘Good to Great’ will be sponsore

Underspends and poor value subcontracting necessitate a complete overhaul of the Adult Education Budget

Date published: 21.06.2019

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Association of Employment and Learning Providers Press release – Embargoed until Friday 21 June, 00.01hrs ‘Underspends and poor value subcontracting necessitate a complete overhaul of the Adult Education Budget’ Persistent annual underspends and too much poor value subcontracting under the Adult Education Budget (AEB) are letting down adult learners across the country, according to a new analysis published by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). To replace the now tot

Countdown Issue 929

Date published: 20.06.2019

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Another little collection of lifelong learning this week. Being told by one of the provider network managers that stiletto heels were named after a knife – I’ll let you work out why we were talking about heels on the run up to our conference - anyway I didn’t know that. Secondly, riding a motorbike with oil leaking on to your back wheel in the pouring rain is very dangerous. I wonder if I get a STEM uplift for that bit of learning? Luckily managed to stay on the job rather than fall off the

Young adults should benefit from new learning entitlement following Augar Review

Date published: 20.06.2019

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All young adults aged 18 to 24 should be given a fully state funded entitlement for learning at level 2 and level 3 as part of any government reforms arising from the Post 18 Education and Funding Review (or Augar Review). The call from the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) would potentially benefit 300,000 school leavers a year who don’t go on to university. Taking on board advice and support from the LSE economist Lord Layard of Highgate, AELP believes that the

Patron Think Piece - OneFile - Completion rates aren’t the be all and end all

Date published: 17.06.2019

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Here’s what training providers SHOULD be tracking. In the apprenticeship sector, everyone’s always talking about completion rates. They’re agenda items, in the news, and in Ofsted reports. And because of this, timely completions are an important focus for training providers. They need to get as many apprentices over the line as possible, because their completion rate impacts their ranking and reputation in the market. What’s the problem with completion rates? Completion rates are low. More

Countdown Issue 928

Date published: 13.06.2019

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You may by now have seen the TES article on removing the 31 July deadline for getting EPAs completed when the actual training has been completed. Feedback from the majority of EPAOs and training providers is that this would be very welcome, a pragmatic solution, and take a lot of pressure out of the system during this very difficult period of transition. It is well understood by officials and all we ask is that the decision is made and communicated quickly so everyone can plan sensibly over

Countdown Issue 927

Date published: 06.06.2019

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I have been reflecting on what an enormous agenda we are all working to at the moment. I have been to two events with Philip Augar in the last few days discussing his post-18 report and the neglect of the Further Education and training system. It is interesting that there seems to be a growing understanding through the evidence in the report that something has to be done to ensure it is robust, sustained, well-funded and appropriate to meet the need of a significant proportion of the

Artificial deadline for End Point Assessment further risks the reputation of apprenticeships

Date published: 05.06.2019

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Artificial deadline for End Point Assessment further risks the reputation of apprenticeships Apprenticeship training providers and end point assessment organisations have called on the government to stop further risking the reputation of apprenticeships as part of the troubled levy reforms. To avoid more damage, they are requesting a small extension to the time limit for recording the number of successful apprentices scheduled to complete their programmes in the current academic year.

Inaction on EPA further risks the reputation of apprenticeships

Date published: 05.06.2019

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The impending end point assessment ‘car crash’ is a bit like Brexit. It has been anticipated for three years and the lack of agreed solutions for both could have serious consequences. But while the politicians are grappling with the next deadline of 31 October for Brexit, apprenticeship training and service providers are faced with an earlier and artificial one of 31 July in meeting the latest big EPA challenge. It is important to stress that the ‘car crash’ is not just a technical matter.

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