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All Media and PR enquiries should be directed to Rebecca Durber, AELP's Director of Public Affairs: [email protected] or 07814 227365. 

Countdown Issue 1052

Date published: 03.12.2021

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I joked to the AELP staff team on Monday morning that for me this week involved a lot of evening dresses and eating nice food! But in seriousness, it has been fantastic to be out at several ceremonies celebrating our amazing sector and the contribution our learners, providers and employers have made over the last year and beyond. Education Investor Awards 2021 I was delighted to be at the Education Investor Awards 2021 on Tuesday evening. It was fantastic to see AELP patron The Skills Network

Patron Think Piece - Training Qualifications UK - What training providers should look for from digital qualifications

Date published: 01.12.2021

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The days when artificial intelligence was the stuff of science fiction are long gone. Whether it’s the virtual assistant on your mobile phone or the recommendations you get on Netflix, much of our everyday lives are dominated by AI. But while its impact continues to grow, education and training around it hasn’t followed suit. 55% of businesses have reported an AI skills gap, while 67% anticipate that their need for these skills will only grow in the future.

Countdown Issue 1051

Date published: 26.11.2021

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Just occasionally, we get a week where we can take a breath to digest what has been going on lately without having something new and urgent vying for our attention. It had been that sort of week this week, until Wednesday when the Minister for Higher and Further Education Michelle Donelan announced at a Times Higher Education Campus Live event that the government plan to introduce “lifelong learning accounts” from 2025 as part of the lifelong loan entitlement for provision at levels 4-6.

AELP welcomes introduction of lifelong learning accounts

Date published: 25.11.2021

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Minister of State for HE & FE announces introduction of “lifelong learning account” as part of the 2025 lifelong loan entitlement for provision at levels 4-6 AELP welcomes move as a step in the right direction, but urges government to consider individual skills accounts, to empower learners and employers and widen access to lifelong learning and training. The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has welcomed Government plans for the introduction of lifelong learning

Countdown Issue 1050

Date published: 19.11.2021

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Employer engagement I was pleased to attend the Association of Colleges (AoC) conference in Birmingham this week. It was great to see so many people from across the wider FE sector in-person, and as always, it is interesting to hear other perspectives. We may not always see eye-to-eye with AoC on our respective policy priorities, but I have to say that the working relationship we have is very constructive.. We are both powerful advocates for our members, whichever organisation they happen to be

AELP welcomes Skills Bill progress, but reforms must go further to maximise learner and employer choice

Date published: 18.11.2021

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The UK Government’s Skills and Post-16 Education Bill has received its House of Commons 2nd Reading, and moves to Committee Stage shortly AELP welcome the principles and direction of travel contained in the Bill but warn more must be done to increase learner and employer choice Local Skills Improvement Plans, the list of relevant providers and a further measures to extend and better enforce the Baker Clause need ironing out as the legislation makes further progress through Parliament

Countdown Issue 1049

Date published: 12.11.2021

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It’s been quiet this week which makes a nice change following the work that has been going on across the sector following the Spending Review announcements. What this has meant however is that it’s been a very welcome week of celebration of our sector! Learning and Work Institute centenary I was delighted to attend the L+WI’s centenary celebration earlier this week in London. So much has been done to enable lifelong learning in the last century, and there is still so much more for us all to do

Countdown Issue 1048

Date published: 05.11.2021

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It’s a good job I am writing this rather than have to say it out loud – following a very busy and very exciting day at our Autumn Conference in Manchester I have completely lost my voice!! It was so good to meet so many of you in person at long last to catch up on what everyone has been doing and what the major concerns are at present. There was a great buzz about the place – I’m sure some of it was just excitement at being out and about again, but there really did seem to be an undercurrent of

Countdown Issue 1047

Date published: 29.10.2021

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Budget and spending review As you might expect, the AELP team were very busy analysing the spending review announcements on Wednesday afternoon. The first thing to say is that there were some very welcome and necessary mentions of skills and the importance of their role in helping the country to recover from the pandemic’s economic shocks. Overall, there was a significant increase in skills investment totalling £3.8bn - an increase of 42% (26% in real terms). This investment includes an

AELP Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021

Date published: 27.10.2021

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AELP Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 press release The skills trade body ‘The Association of Employment and Learning Providers’ has responded to the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 with cautious optimism. The government’s focus around the skills agenda has been appreciated. We certainly welcome any investment which will help reach ambitions to get people into good quality, well-paid sustainable work.

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