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 and Ufi to launch new post-16 online learning platform

Date published: 03.08.2020

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Joint AELP Ufi press release A new digital platform that will support the learning of apprentices, trainees and college students post-Covid 19 is set for an autumn launch. The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and Ufi VocTech Trust (Ufi) have formed a new partnership to launch the service, which is called #SectorShare. This project is part of Ufi’s VocTech Now funding call, which was a direct response to the impact of Covid-19 on vocational learning across the UK.

Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ will be an acid test for restoring apprenticeship starts

Date published: 30.07.2020

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Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ will be an acid test for restoring apprenticeship starts

Countdown Issue 984

Date published: 30.07.2020

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Welcome to this week’s Countdown! Even under normal circumstances, July and August are a strange time for our sector, with the holidays starting just as many young people begin to think about their first steps in post-compulsory training and employment opportunities. This year however, the sector is not only facing up to this happening just when the economy has almost completely stalled – the shocking but unsurprising statistics about apprenticeship starts in May is evidence of that - but we

Countdown Issue 983

Date published: 22.07.2020

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My final Countdown I’m leaving this week, But it is not farewell And maybe I'll come back Jane says, hell no? I guess it is simple Goodbye AELP (goodbye AELP) Will things ever be the same again? It's my final countdown. My final countdown! And if you need the tune to sing along to – why not use this? João Santos, deputy head of unit in the directorate general for employment, social affairs, and inclusion at the European Commission, commented on apprenticeships across Europe saying they

Countdown Issue 982

Date published: 17.07.2020

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Sitting down with a gin on another Thursday lockdown evening to write my penultimate Countdown (and yes, I have had that Europe song going through my head for weeks!!). Apparently there are bets in the office about what the word count of this introduction will be, and I could write a PHD dissertation on my experiences at AELP, but I promise you I won’t drag you through the past (almost) 5 years blow by blow. We are seeing, almost day by day, more movement responding to many of the things

Countdown Issue 981

Date published: 09.07.2020

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Initially there is an expanded youth offer of job support and training which is likely to be a combination of Job Centre Plus work coaches and training providers for 13 weeks. Following this youth offer the young person will be guided into either a traineeship, apprenticeship or the Kickstarter programme which is for 6 months with the wages subsidised at national minimum wage for 25 hours a week. Employers can register from August and programmes can start in September. Our ask, if still possible

AELP welcomes boost for traineeships and apprenticeships in Chancellor’s ‘Plan for Jobs’

Date published: 08.07.2020

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The Chancellor has revealed a sizeable package to combat youth unemployment as he set out the plan to help Britain bounce back from Covid-19. Sunak’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ focused on supporting, protecting and creating jobs across the UK, as the country enters the next phase of recovery following the coronavirus outbreak. Central to this plan is the £2bn Kickstart Scheme, which aims to create hundreds of thousands of new, high-quality government-subsidised jobs for unemployed young people.

AELP responds to government’s £111m boost for traineeships

Date published: 06.07.2020

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On the government’s announcement to triple the number of traineeships as part of its post-Covid economic recovery measures (https://bbc.in/3f3QfvT), AELP chief executive Mark Dawe said: “This is a fantastic first step in recognising the challenges we will face in supporting young people this autumn. Many of our member providers are keen to deliver traineeships and they have working relationships with 350,000 employers who can be engaged on this.

Patron Think Piece - TCS iON - Transforming the Learning Sector- Learning and Assessment

Date published: 06.07.2020

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A class of wide-eyed students staring at the blackboard with notes scribbled by their teacher. For many years this has been our perception of education. However, COVID 19 has changed the outlook of learning across the world. The 'new normal' has brought in a tidal wave of digitisation in the education sector, urging even the hesitant educators to adopt virtual classrooms.

Countdown Issue 980

Date published: 02.07.2020

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As always when I write these first few words my intention is to keep this short and sharp. You never know but, after more than four years, I might finally get there. The long-awaited response from DfE on subcontracting came out this week with a clear desire to have more visibility and control, only supporting good quality subcontracting and reducing the volume over a period of three years. Our message hasn’t changed really – the best way to reduce subcontracting is to procure more of the AEB

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