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Countdown Issue 910
Date published: 07.02.2019
So first of all, AELP Board elections. All full provider members have the opportunity to vote for the board nominations. There are a number standing this year, and as the majority of members are in the small provider category you can therefore vote for these candidates (see details below). It is really important that our members feel properly represented by AELP and the elected board members is one important way of ensuring this is achieved – so please vote!! Watch out soon for the launch of
Countdown Issue 909
Date published: 31.01.2019
I was writing this yesterday and thinking – this is all very serious and sensible as an intro. Then bang – DfE show their hand this morning. (Click here for details). £38m capital for T levels – hoorah. But only for colleges – Boo. I had to double check – not even the ITPs that managed to scrape into the pilots – nope they don’t need capital either. Oh, and it is worse. Colleges that aren’t even in the pilots can bid for money. Read the FE week article here. This isn’t inappropriate
Countdown Issue 908
Date published: 24.01.2019
Hairdressing reared its well-groomed head again this week. The main feature in TES was triggered by Damian Hinds comment that we train too many hairdressers. I am not going to go off on my usual rant – this article did it for me. Dawn Ward (started out as a hair and beauty therapist, now Principal of Burton and South Derbyshire College) made the comment, “Nobody questions the fact that universities train more law graduates than there are jobs, that they have more archaeology graduates than
Countdown Issue 907
Date published: 17.01.2019
“We are seeing a move to longer, higher level and more expensive. We are seeing an upgrading of apprenticeships” – the rot starts at the top. I was just thinking how to start Countdown this week and the tweet pops up on my phone as the Secretary of State talks to the Education Select Committee. Higher level means upgrading – no wonder we are in such a mess at level 2, we don’t even have the Secretary of State’s support or understanding as to what quality means. I am not going to get into the
Countdown Issue 906
Date published: 10.01.2019
Happy New Year everyone – and what a year ahead of us! Having just come back from 2 weeks off I was describing the feeling to the Northern Network, who I met in Leeds today - it is like waking up from a very heavy night (eg at the AELP conference) feeling ok but a bit wobbly and then slowly recalling what happened and what was said!! As I ran through with the networks all the aspects of work AELP is doing with AEB, Functional Skills, Traineeships, Apprenticeships etc it was a slow reawakening
Countdown Issue 905
Date published: 20.12.2018
So this is the last Countdown before Christmas and a couple of weeks off – I can feel the sighs of relief. It is always so hard to know what to write about each week at the moment as there is so much – I know it is hard to believe but I have halved the number of things I was going to write about! I hope everyone has an amazing Xmas and New Year and you are able to recharge ready for what is likely to be an equally exciting 2019. Thank you to everyone who sent me messages following last week’s
Countdown Issue 904
Date published: 13.12.2018
Before I get going (and lose a bunch of you!!) – the AELP / FE Week Apprenticeship Awards 2019 - please please apply – this is about celebrating great providers and employers who support amazing apprentices – it’s not hard and still time with the nominations closing on 21 December. If you were hoping for short, I am sorry, this is not the week for it. And if you feel like some of this has been said before, possibly it has - but these things have to be said until we see some changes. It’s been
AELP throws weight behind trailblazer’s Business Administration level 2 apprenticeship standard - Consultation on new proposals launched
Date published: 12.12.2018
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers has come out strongly in favour of a growing sector campaign for a Business Administration apprenticeship standard at level 2. This follows disbelief that the relevant trailblazer’s latest proposals were rejected. AELP is now consulting its members and the employer community on a blueprint for the standard prepared by the employer trailblazer, led by East Sussex County Council and supported by Skillsfirst and employers in the private and
AELP appoints its first Devolution Director
Date published: 07.12.2018
AELP appoints its first Devolution Director to help take advantage of fantastic opportunities in the regions The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has made a senior and very experienced staff appointment in response to fast moving developments in the devolution of skills budgets in England.
Countdown Issue 903
Date published: 06.12.2018
First of all, I have to say a massive thank you to the IfA and the first signs of real transparency. Finally, the government has said publicly what AELP has been saying before the levy started – there is not enough money to do everything that the government wants. We think there should be more investment in apprenticeships, not less and the IfA have shown us why it is essential. Here’s the slide: