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.

DfE’s ITP education and training workforce survey

Date published: 19.08.2019

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The Department for Education is conducting a survey of education and training workforce in Independent Training Providers – the first of its kind. Please encourage your Head of HR or equivalent to take phone calls from IFF Research and, afterwards, your staff to complete individual online surveys. AELP fully endorses this survey as it helps raise the profile and contribution of ITPs. All ESFA-funded ITPs in England are in scope, giving the potential for a first ever census of ITPs! Also, all

Countdown Issue 936

Date published: 14.08.2019

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So the big ticket item to start with this week (and carry-over from last week’s Countdown) are the results from our non-levy funding survey which we published last Friday. The results of our survey were widely reported, not just in the trade press, but also there was national interest, including the Financial Times – links to which can be found below. The headline being currently that three in every four training providers cannot currently meet the demands of the 98% of non-levy paying employers

Levy shortage starving small firms of apprenticeships poses early test for Johnson campaign pledge

Date published: 09.08.2019

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Small and medium sized businesses across the country are being prevented from offering new apprenticeships because the levy which funds the government’s flagship skills programme is running short of cash. The levy funding shortage is so acute that a new survey has found that three out of four apprenticeship training providers can no longer meet demand from SME employers to train new apprentices. The lack of funding is happening at the worst possible time when thousands of school leavers age

Countdown Issue 935

Date published: 07.08.2019

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Yes, alas no Countdown article from Mark this week. It’s that time of year when we allow him to take a couple of weeks off for good behaviour. I can’t believe that we are in August again already and after all the hard work finishing off the academic year last week it starts again in earnest. FE, the sector that never sleeps. The main theme of this week’s article is the transition of non-levy apprenticeship funding to the Apprenticeship Service, with 2020 now starting to appear on the not so

Governance: How do you support governors or non-executive directors?

Date published: 06.08.2019

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The research, commissioned by AELP, into governance in the independent sector culminated in the publication of the Code of Good Governance (a must read for any CEO or Chair). The publication, along with several workshops, has been well received. And while I have had the privilege of co-facilitating the workshops with Karen Adriaanse (specialist in education and training and former Ofsted inspector), I am left with the feeling that all is not well for new governors/non-executive directors

Countdown Issue 934

Date published: 01.08.2019

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Just a quick intro this week as I try to deal with the range of bites up my legs from camping next to a river and a lake in warm damp weather!! Anyway the squirrels and the Paella were a hit with the scouts! In a week where we read about the £60m worth of college bailouts while at the same time there is daily growing concern about the lack of money available for next year's apprenticeships in the non-levy world, obviously all eyes have been on the changes in the political landscape. It is too

The Insider 08 - Devolution

Date published: 01.08.2019

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A key topic that has been occupying all of our minds and keeping some of us awake at night is the area of skills devolution. Skills devolution has become a reality for the Adult Education Budget (AEB) with 50% now devolved to six Mayoral Combined authorities (MCAs) and delegated to the Greater London Authority (GLA). Delivery under devolved AEB, with funding based on a learner’s home postcode kicks off on 1st August 2019. The remaining budget is still under the control of the Education and

Countdown Issue 933

Date published: 24.07.2019

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I am writing this on a bus bouncing my way down to San Diego. Lucy Dunleavy from Learnbox has asked me if I am writing Countdown and if I can give a shout out to her. I can’t think of any reason to - but maybe by the end of this I will. Meanwhile Susanna Lawson (OneFile Limited) is trying to find a local outlet for peanut butter whisky – clearly the US culture has had a big impact. Then my Dad messages me and asked me what the pictures of Hollywood had to do with AELP … So seriously, a

Patron Think Pieces - SQA: Conveyancing and property law: a changing landscape

Date published: 22.07.2019

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In this ever-changing landscape, businesses need to continually adapt to grow and survive in the marketplace and the conveyancing and property law sector is no different. The need for high quality, qualified staff is as important as ever, with the sector embracing new qualifications and learning methods. In partnership with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), SQA has developed a market report to guide employers and staff through the top issues impacting the property law sector in 2019

Boris Johnson’s promise on apprenticeships

Date published: 19.07.2019

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On Monday 8 July 2019, Boris Johnson used his regular Telegraph column to champion apprenticeships (http://bit.ly/32FMZkX). After a visit to meet BAE apprentices who were building a naval frigate on the River Clyde in Glasgow, he wrote: “When they have finished their apprenticeships, they will almost certainly have a high-wage, high-skill job that will absorb their concentration and their energies for decades to come”. He added: “We have a mismatch: unsatisfied university graduates, and

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