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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 response to ‘The English College of the Future’ report

Date published: 20.11.2020

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AELP feels compelled to respond to one particular recommendation in ‘The English College of the Future’ report published on 18 November 2020. The commission behind the report called for “introducing a legal duty on colleges to establish networks across appropriate economic geographies – which must be matched by a duty on all other post-16 education providers – to collaborate in the interests of students, communities and the economy”. Association of Employment and Learning Providers managing

Countdown Issue 1000

Date published: 20.11.2020

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It’s very timely that the 1000th edition of Countdown should occur when a new government white paper for the sector is imminent. This has prompted us to reflect about the 20 years which those 1000 editions have covered and what lessons should be learned to avoid making mistakes for the future. We should bear in mind of course that while some of us have been around throughout this period, ministers change almost every other year and civil servants regularly move on; the current ones may not

Countdown Issue 999

Date published: 13.11.2020

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The news that the economy bounced back by 15% in the period from July to September after the first lockdown will have no doubt come as a major comfort in the corridors of Whitehall. This ray of sunshine was obviously felt too by AELP members who engage with thousands of battling employers every day. But we are now in another lockdown and media reports suggest that we will return to a regional tier system of restrictions in December. Coupled with the fact that this week’s jobs figures show you

FE sector and government must learn lessons from first Covid lockdown to avoid future mistakes, new AELP/FETL research finds

Date published: 11.11.2020

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New research on Covid’s impact on the further education and skills sector shows that training providers, colleges and government all need to learn lessons from the first covid lockdown if apprentices and learners are to receive better support under similar circumstances in the future. Qualitative research undertaken by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), supported by The Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), found that:

Countdown Issue 998

Date published: 06.11.2020

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As we head into lockdown, a call from the minister Gillian Keegan on Sunday night with no officials present was certainly unusual but clearly demonstrates that AELP’s voice and influence is being heard in the highest circles of government. As I said in my note to members earlier this week, I took the opportunity to outline to her the issues that remain important to the sector at this time, including of course resolving the problems surrounding the assessment of functional skills which is

Countdown Issue 997

Date published: 30.10.2020

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When too many important issues still get placed by government in the ‘provider whinge/vested interests’ folder before action is taken (the latest on functional skills testing being a good example when it is the prospects of the apprentices themselves that are suffering), it is always reassuring to hear first-hand from employers that they share similar concerns to us on skills and employment matters. This week we had one of one regular large employer meetings, chaired by Sharon Blyfield of

AELP Member Survey 2020 – tell us what you think of us!

Date published: 26.10.2020

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Every two years we go out to all our members with a comprehensive survey to find out what you think of the services we offer, and to help us plan ahead. The 2020 survey was originally scheduled for April but not unsurprisingly the pandemic put paid to that plan, but we are pleased to say that it is now finally open for your comments! The results of this survey will feed directly into the Senior Management Team and AELP Board, and directly influence what we do and how we do it, so a few minutes

Countdown Issue 996

Date published: 22.10.2020

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Jane is taking a break, so the baton has passed to me to write the Countdown introduction this week. On Wednesday the government announced the not entirely surprising news that it is pulling its three-year planned Spending Review that was due this Autumn and the Chancellor and the Prime Minister have decided to conduct a one-year interim Spending Review deal instead, setting department's resource and capital budgets for 2021-22. It's frustrating that we have again failed to get a longer-term

The Insider 11 - Supporting the sector through Covid and beyond

Date published: 21.10.2020

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Soon after the start of the lockdown, the skills minister Gillian Keegan became very excited about the findings of an AELP Covid-impact survey which found that an extraordinary 81% of apprentices were still actively learning after providers executed an almost overnight switch to online learning and assessment resources – so excited in fact that for her, it was like the work based learning sector was not facing any major delivery challenges. This achievement by providers was indeed remarkable a

Countdown Issue 995

Date published: 16.10.2020

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Resolving the centre assessed grades issue for functional skills testing is proving to be a tough nut to crack. The government feels that the lack of remote or ‘at home’ testing is a matter for the awarding organisations and independent training providers to sort out while tens of thousands of apprentices are stuck waiting and not progressing. It was pointed out to me that the issue isn’t a concern for colleges. Well, firstly if you take subcontracted delivery into account, only 3 out of 10

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