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Countdown Issue 960

Date published: 13.02.2020

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It is a strange period – strange in a positive way. What an amazing apprenticeship week and we have been bombarded with incredible stories of apprenticeships at all levels. I have a long list of links to stories from across the country of the impact apprenticeships have had for individuals and employers. The fact that an unprecedent 35 MPs have contacted us to arrange to see apprentices in their constituencies, with requests still flowing in shows that apprenticeships and skills are top of

“Leave the apprenticeship levy alone”, say group of UK’s largest employers

Date published: 11.02.2020

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On behalf of a group of large apprenticeship levy paying employers including RBS, Coca-Cola European Partners and Kier Group, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers is issuing a statement which calls for the government to leave the levy alone, preserve entry points to apprenticeships at all levels and recognise that SMEs need their apprenticeships properly funded as well skilled supply chains. Chair of the large employer group, Sharon Blyfield of Coca-Cola European Partners, said:

Countdown Issue 959

Date published: 05.02.2020

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I am writing this as Apprenticeship Week is in full flow. It is great to see so many of you at all the events I am attending and hopefully get to catch up with a lot of you at our Spring Conference in Birmingham on Thursday. I have so much I would like to write about and have a tonne of articles I want to point you all to – some of the amazing things I am hearing about, the incredible work our members are doing and some of the challenges we are facing. For example, we read about Vauxhall

Patron Think Piece - OneFile - The initial assessment is the most important part of an apprenticeship

Date published: 04.02.2020

  • Think Pieces

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When you think of apprenticeships and the difference they make to people’s lives, you probably don’t think the initial assessment is the most important part. You’re probably thinking about when learners reach milestones, achieve 100% progression or complete their end-point assessment. You might even be thinking about funding reports, learner outcomes or Ofsted inspections. These are all major parts of the apprenticeship journey, so why do we think the initial assessment is the most important

Countdown Issue 958

Date published: 29.01.2020

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Firstly, I am sure you are all aware it is National Apprenticeship Week next week. It is still not too late to email your local MP and offer them an opportunity to visit an employer and meet apprentices. It doesn’t have to be anything grand – a short visit is all that is needed. AELP wrote to all MPs offering the same and have had a steady flow of acceptances, which is really excellent, and we are contacting local providers to arrange visits, but if you are able to do the same it should

Countdown Issue 957

Date published: 22.01.2020

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It is an incredibly busy time. That, combined with no train journeys this week, means another concise introduction from me. We have meetings with the Secretary of State, the shadow skills minister and a whole range of officials and organisations such as Ofqual, Ofsted and IFATE during this crucial period in the run up to the budget and also laying the foundations for the spending review that will follow straight afterwards. As well as apprenticeships, we are involved in discussions around T

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

  • Press Releases

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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

  • News Articles

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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.”

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