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All Media and PR enquiries should be directed to Aidan Relf, Director of Public Affairs at [email protected] or 07710 305182.

Countdown Issue 956

Date published: 16.01.2020

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Yesterday I got a short email in my inbox from the Tory party – I get them from all the parties before you ask, and I think they grabbed my email before the days of GDPR. As my parents will tell you, they still get letters for me at their house from all the parties as many years ago I joined all three parties for a year so that I could go to their conferences at member rates – I think that is against all the rules, but I didn’t know at the time! Anyway, it wasn’t a long email from the Tories

Thousands of SMEs denied chance to recruit apprentices as a result of levy shortage, latest AELP survey finds

Date published: 10.01.2020

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Thousands of SMEs denied chance to recruit apprentices as a result of levy shortage, latest AELP survey finds Two-fifths of training providers are having to turn away smaller businesses wanting to recruit apprentices because of the growing shortfall in funding from the £2.8bn apprenticeship levy. The levy is designed to fund the entire apprenticeship programme for large and small employers but providers are now on average turning down approaches from 40 SMEs each due to their non-levy

Countdown Issue 955

Date published: 09.01.2020

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New Year, New Challenges Happy New Year – here we go 2020!! It is a shame that my break got interrupted by blatant publicity grabbing fake news about fake apprenticeships, squeezing the pips out of a story once again. That wasn’t reality two years ago, let alone in 2020. Anyway, what has been quite encouraging is the backlash against the report and a tide of agreement that actually apprenticeships at all levels, and particularly level 2, have real value and we need more not less.

AELP response to Queen’s Speech announcement on migration bill

Date published: 19.12.2019

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Mark Dawe says “The fact that the government has only given itself a year to introduce the new system underlines the urgency of investing in skills training here, especially giving SMEs the funding to recruit more apprentices. 40 per cent of apprenticeship training providers are having to turn away firms who want to train more apprentices, often in key sectors like social care and hotels and restaurants that are heavily dependent on migrants.”

Countdown Issue 954

Date published: 18.12.2019

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So, the last Countdown before Christmas and a welcome break for many in the sector. My present to you is to keep this as short as possible!! Election Aftermath We now have an election result and a government with a strong majority and clear mandate. Not only were skills, apprenticeships, devolution and retraining at the heart of the manifesto, a significant number of those who voted for this government are those that expect the government to deliver on this agenda to enable them to have

Parliamentary Newsletter 27

Date published: 18.12.2019

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Countdown Issue 953

Date published: 16.12.2019

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A comprehensive skills strategy You’ll probably be reading this just before or after the election results (I suppose that covers all possibilities!). Clearly there are some big issues outside skills but, whoever will be in office, there are some key messages to get across to the new government. AELP is preparing briefing papers on a range of these issues as well as support for members in approaching their new MPs. We will start pushing these messages in January 2020 and we are listening to

Training providers react to the election result with call to fund apprenticeships properly

Date published: 13.12.2019

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Training providers react to the election result with call to fund apprenticeships properly Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Mark Dawe said: “AELP looks forward to working with the government building on their successful apprenticeship policy and commitment to skills, implementing the Conservative manifesto pledge to ‘level up’ skills opportunities for small businesses. Nowhere is this more needed than in the ensuring of SME access to apprenticeship funding...

Countdown Issue 952

Date published: 04.12.2019

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As we are in the last couple of weeks of the pre-election period, as well as walking around with my postal vote in my pocket for days trying to find a post box, it feels as if there is a strange calm before the storm. That storm happens over Christmas and beyond. Some very clear messages needed from AELP once we know what the government is, the minister for skills (maybe) and the Secretary of State. There have been so many stories over the past week it has been really hard to decide what to

CBI/Pearson survey exposes the myth of strong employer support for GCSEs, says AELP

Date published: 29.11.2019

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CBI/Pearson survey exposes the myth of strong employer support for GCSEs, says AELP Commenting on the CBI/Pearson annual employers skills survey, Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Mark Dawe says: “We strongly support CBI’s call for a sustainable plan to keep apprenticeships available for all ages and all levels and they need to be available to SMEs as well as the levy payers. If the new government agrees a plan with employers and providers, this will remove the

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