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

AELP welcomes new Commons committee inquiry on apprenticeships and skills

Date published: 16.11.2017

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At the Skills Show today, Robert Halfon MP, chair of the Education select committee in the House of Commons, announced a new committee inquiry into the quality of apprenticeships and skills training

Countdown Issue 849

Date published: 16.11.2017

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I have spent the first couple of days of the week in Birmingham at the ICC and the AoC conference – and now I am sitting at the NEC for the rest of the week for the Skills Show. I have begun to get to know Birmingham very well. At the conference it was great to hear the Minister speak so positively about skills, about the sector and how important it is. She is clearly listening to what people have been saying. AELP is waiting to see if we get any progress on 20% off the job and a change in

Sector Connect 120 - November 2017

Date published: 09.11.2017

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In this edition: 1. Major talking points of AELP’s autumn conference 2. ESFA planning new ‘trusted provider status’ for employer levy account management 3. Off-the-job training concern 4. Work together for technical education 5. Calls for a social mobility campaign 6. The New Annual Apprenticeship Conference Awards 2018! 7. Patron Think Piece – NCFE - Fully Functional 8. Advertise with AELP - Special Offer 9. Dissemination of the Chief Inspector’s Annual Report 2017 Event 10. Improving Outcomes

Countdown Issue 848

Date published: 08.11.2017

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So much has happened since our conference, it starts to feel a distant memory! What we have to concentrate on for the next week or two is persuading government that do nothing is not an option – it is not an option if we want to ensure that the manifesto’s 3 million apprenticeship target is hit (yes, that does still exist and is still being repeated), and it is not an option if we want to ensure that social equality exists at least at the level it was at before the levy was introduced (let

Countdown Issue 847

Date published: 02.11.2017

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The first half of this introduction I am writing before the start of our Autumn conference – an amazing array of speakers lined up and great variety of subjects and so many aspects of the work all our members do in this incredibly complicated but rewarding skills world. The hotel room I am in at the conference has a record player, along with an interesting array of records. As I listen to Madonna “Like a Prayer” brought back some memories this morning. I did think when I saw it – oooo, a

Autumn Conference 2017 release

Date published: 01.11.2017

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More flexibility needed in apprenticeship levy reforms to reverse poor start Training leaders are calling on the government to urgently take forward the skills minister’s own acknowledgement that a more flexible approach is needed if the apprenticeship reforms are going to be the success they should be. If the government is genuinely concerned about social mobility and productivity, then action needs to be taken.

Countdown Issue 846

Date published: 25.10.2017

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Just a week away from the AELP conference- some great speakers, great debates – should be a really informative day – can’t wait to talk through with all of you and our speakers what is happening and what is likely to happen over the next, day, week, month, year!! And you will have all been informed of our new website that is now fully operational – I hope you agree it is a vast improvement and it allows us to be far more responsive and flexible in terms of the information that we provide

Parlimentary Newsletter 23

Date published: 25.10.2017

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Latest government-commissioned employer survey should kill off ‘too many poor quality providers’ myth once and for all

Date published: 20.10.2017

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The DfE has published today its annual FE Choices survey of employer satisfaction with the training offered by providers of all types. 99% of the employers surveyed are offering apprenticeships and the survey is the latest in a long line showing high satisfaction with the quality and flexibility of provision delivered by independent training providers.

Canvas is a new AELP Patron

Date published: 19.10.2017

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Canvas have chosen to become a patron of AELP because they recognise that like themselves, members of AELP want to deliver skills and training that will help learners gain employment. Canvas is dedicated to providing organisations with a VLE that can help them deliver an engaging educational experience which delivers learner success. Joanne Patterson, Director - EMEA Marketing at Canvas, said: “Becoming a patron of AELP will enable us collaborate with employers and learning providers to

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