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Proposed cuts in funding bands of apprenticeship standards

Date published: 20.08.2018

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Both the sector press and social media have begun reporting the apparent outcomes of the Institute for Apprenticeships’ review of the funding bands of 31 apprenticeship standards. AELP has also seen correspondence indicating that management, customer service and hair professional standards are facing significant cuts in their funding bands. Commenting on this, AELP chief policy officer Simon Ashworth said:

Countdown Issue 887

Date published: 15.08.2018

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You don’t need to be a mind reader to probably know the latest one thing that is on everyone’s mind at the moment … last week’s announcement by the ESFA in regards April 2019 and future of the non-levy contracts. April 2019 being when the current non-levy apprenticeship contracts were due to expire and government’s aspiration was for all employers to use the apprenticeship service to access apprenticeship funding. In the statement published last Thursday, the ESFA announced they will be

A Level results: Government’s ‘new norm’ of choice between university and an apprenticeship unfulfilled as mishandling of levy reforms sees apprenticeship opportunities slump

Date published: 15.08.2018

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Thousands of young people receiving their A level results on Thursday will be disappointed to find that the debt-free choice of a higher or degree level apprenticeship may not be available to them. This comes five years after former prime minister David Cameron said he wanted it to ‘to be the new norm for young people to either go to university or into an apprenticeship’.

ESFA announcement on apprenticeship service transition

Date published: 09.08.2018

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The Education and Skills Funding Agency announced on 9 August that all employers would not be able to use the apprenticeship service to access apprenticeship funding from April 2019 as previously planned. To ensure a more gradual and stable transition, the Agency will instead extend current contracts for training providers delivering training for employers that do not pay the apprenticeship levy for 12 months, from April 2019 to March 2020.

Countdown Issue 886

Date published: 08.08.2018

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Let’s jump straight in and start this week’s Countdown with the elephant in the room which is unacceptably high subcontracting management fees. On Monday this week the ESFA published a short note which stated that in the coming months they will: …undertake further work to develop their expectations about the services that prime providers should offer to their subcontractors, with key priorities to develop an approach which: increases the amount of funding that reaches frontline delivery and

Lessons to be learnt from Carillion apprentice redundancies

Date published: 01.08.2018

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AELP has reacted with disappointment to the news this week that 341 Carillion apprentices are being made redundant and will lose their wage support. Since the construction giant collapsed in January, 777 apprentices have been found new jobs via a CITB support scheme established by the government. In response to the news, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said: “CITB have undoubtedly worked hard to safeguard the futures of as many apprentices they can but in our view it was always going to be a huge ask for

Countdown Issue 885

Date published: 01.08.2018

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As we are on the very cusp of the end of the academic year I’m sure you and your teams are all busy chasing paperwork and getting achievers finished off and uploaded through the ILR. Having worked in FE for a while now I know how hectic July is for providers. I’m sure you’ll be looking forward to August… but wait - not so fast - because as always it starts again and off we go … the never-ending cycle and spinning of plates of FE we all live and breathe and somewhat take for granted at times.

Countdown Issue 884

Date published: 26.07.2018

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Great to see that the growth process for all ages of apprenticeships has finally been published for non-levy contracts. There is always a twist though, isn’t there? While I am sure there will be plenty of funding to support genuine growth in quality apprenticeships across all sectors (I can imagine there is quite a lot spare at the moment!) we are told that there are certain areas which will take priority. As important as these jobs might be, I had not realised these particular ones were such

AELP National Conference - video and summary

Date published: 25.07.2018

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A quick reminder if I may of the video of our Summer conference – our biggest yet, and the video really captures the atmosphere and the “buzz” of the place – do check it out here. Alternatively you may like to have a look at the summary of the 2018 Summer Conference kindly produced in association with our patrons at Innovate Awarding and LearnBox – available here.

Countdown Issue 883

Date published: 19.07.2018

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I have a lot of French relatives, and while I am sure the first words when I see them this Summer will be “well done”, it will be unbearable from that moment forward! I suppose some would say it is payback for me driving across France with “Wiggins” written across the back of my trailer in big letters and England flags flapping in the wind, when he won their national tour… It is great to see the transformation of the England football team and it has created a lot of

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