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Countdown Issue 991

Date published: 18.09.2020

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“We do not want to undercut apprenticeships” with Kickstart, said employment minister Mims Davies on a CBI webinar this week which just shows that AELP’s immediate response to the Chancellor’s plan for Jobs in early July has hit home across Whitehall. Judging from the comments by the webinar facilitator, it seemed like that many of the audience were ITPs because the CBI were receiving a lot of questions about apprenticeships and traineeships. The obvious question also came up about the much

Countdown Issue 990

Date published: 14.09.2020

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The initial feeling after AELP’s Business Recovery Conference was one of relief, not because I ever had doubts about the quality of the content but because technically this major online event went off almost entirely without any glitches throughout the two days. For this, we must express special thanks to Emily Brasier and her AELP events team and for the support received from our partners Lsect and Visions Group who ran the proceedings so smoothly from their studio in Reading. Simon Ashworth

'Government needs to step up support for apprentices whose training has been stopped by the pandemic’, say training providers

Date published: 08.09.2020

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Training providers have warned the government that apprentices whose training has been interrupted by the lockdown face being left dangling in the air because of the non-completion of their programmes. Ministers are being urged to quickly intervene. In a new submission to the Department for Education, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) reports that due to Covid-19, widespread disruption to planned training and delays in assessments at the end of programmes mean that

Countdown Issue 989

Date published: 04.09.2020

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Last Friday I mentioned that we were due to have a call that day with senior Treasury officials to discuss the employment and skills response to the impact of Covid-19 and it was a very productive meeting. AELP’s view is that collectively we still have to address some short-term pandemic related challenges and then agree on the action needed for the three years covered by the next Comprehensive Spending Review. We took the officials through our ‘shopping list’ and then we had a discussion on

Countdown Issue 988

Date published: 28.08.2020

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After highlighting last week the fact that we are facing a busy autumn on the sector reform front, we have had more calls in the past few days with senior officials at ESFA and IfATE which have helped to lay the ground for further announcements. This morning I will also be talking to the Treasury with AELP setting out its stall on what we want to see in the Comprehensive Spending Review as part of the post-pandemic recovery effort. Yesterday’s apprenticeship starts and vacancies data

Countdown Issue 987

Date published: 21.08.2020

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We were all geared up this week to respond to the issues surrounding the GCSE results, but then came the welcome announcements on teacher assessed grades. Some employers of new apprentices like to see good GCSE grades, particularly in maths and English, and hopefully now we won’t hear any sad stories on this aspect of the matter after Thursday. While most focus has understandably been on the fall-out from the use of the now notorious algorithms for the results, my comments in FE News (here)

There has never been a better time to invest in skills to prepare for Brexit customs complexity

Date published: 17.08.2020

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Guest blog from Neil Bates, Managing Director of Seetec Outsource

Countdown Issue 986

Date published: 14.08.2020

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It’s Friday again, and with it, the latest Countdown! It’s been a bit tense in the Hickie household over the last couple of weeks as our daughter has watched with increasing incredulity the controversy surrounding exam marking as she has waited for her A level results. Like many other middle-class parents these days, I find myself talking to her regularly about apprenticeships as an option although a place at a leading university remains her goal. Imagine my horror then when she and

‘Time for government to get tough on lack of awareness about apprenticeships among young people’

Date published: 13.08.2020

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A general lack of awareness among school-leavers about the apprenticeship opportunities available to them remains a huge issue. With Britain in recession and youth unemployment jumping to over 540,000, it is now critical that this is properly addressed once and for all. For those students receiving their A level results in these very challenging circumstances, they have to weigh up whether university is the right option when even in good times, only 41% of graduates are going into full-time

‘Government should act on the Centre for Social Justice apprenticeships report immediately’

Date published: 10.08.2020

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Representing about 800 training providers who train 7 out of 10 apprentices in England, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) strongly supports many of the recommendations in the Centre for Social Justice report on apprenticeships published on 10 August. In the current circumstances, the calls for more support for SME apprentice employers and to incentivise more opportunities for young people are especially pertinent. Association of Employment and Learning Providers

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