AELP lobbies on behalf of its members to represent their views. Our main purpose is to lobby for government funded skills and employment programmes that increase work force productivity and improve social mobility.

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AELP Members can also access a wide-range of additional sector updates including our weekly Countdown newsletter, The Insider quarterly digest, and a range of webinars. If you're interested in accessing this market-leading insight then please visit our MyAELP section.

All Media and PR enquiries should be directed to Aidan Relf, Director of Public Affairs at [email protected] or 07710 305182.

Countdown Issue 1028

Date published: 18.06.2021

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We apparently have a new lockdown ‘terminus date’ of 19 July. After a week of diaries being rearranged again, I really hope so. At the FE stakeholder roundtable meeting with the minister, we were informed that when it is published, the Step 4 guidance will cover:

Countdown Issue 1027

Date published: 11.06.2021

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We have come to the end of our conference week – and what a fantastic week it has been. We set out with a really ambitious four-day online programme and given the feedback we have had so far, it seems to have gone down very well! All our keynote speakers without exception made really important contributions, (and my apologies in advance for not mentioning them all here by name). I very much appreciate the contribution of all our sponsors, speakers, roundtable panellists, workshop presenters,

Countdown Issue 1026

Date published: 04.06.2021

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As I write this, the news headlines have been dominated by Sir Kevan Collins’ resignation after the government refused to accept his full catch-up recommendations for education. To ask for £15bn and have be given almost 15 times less is quite a blow! We all know that money is very tight but it’s all about prioritising as well. There is no doubt that the pandemic’s impact will very likely mean that ITPs and colleges will have to step in to support the 100s of today’s school children after

AELP National Conference 2021

Date published: 04.06.2021

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Britain’s training providers will today express support for the government’s employer centred approach to reforming skills training but will warn against new legislation imposing costly bureaucracy that could stall efforts to improve workforce productivity. At its annual conference, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) will say that it will be local young people and adults needing to retrain after the pandemic whose prospects could suffer if training capacity is reduced

Countdown Issue 1025

Date published: 28.05.2021

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This week we have been able to share our concerns about the Skills Bill with the DfE’s team leading the work on it. One of the biggest concerns for AELP members of all sizes is the proposed “list” of post-16 providers. When asked, the Skills Bill team were very keen to reassure us that the sector would be consulted at every stage before the supplementary regulations were brought forward. They also told us that a primary concern is to avoid additional bureaucratic burdens and so they will try

Countdown Issue 1024

Date published: 21.05.2021

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The Skills and Post-16 Education Bill was published this week - the second reading debate is expected on 15 June. You can find my press statement below and it focuses on two main areas which are relevant to ITPs.

Skills Bill – LSIPs mustn’t be a trojan horse to interfere unnecessarily in employer demand for skills

Date published: 20.05.2021

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In response to the publication of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill on 18 May, Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Jane Hickie said: General comment “AELP welcomed the employer-informed approach of the white paper and is therefore generally comfortable with the direction of travel that the bill is pursuing, providing that it preserves the employer demand-led principles that successive governments have adopted since the 2006 Leitch review and which are now firmly

The Insider 14 - Traineeships

Date published: 18.05.2021

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Download at MyAELP Although it seems like they have been around for ever, it was actually only in 2014 that Traineeships were first introduced. The idea of a work-focused skills intervention was broadly welcomed by the sector, and though initial start numbers were not huge, over the first 3 years they showed a slow but steady increase.

Patron Think Piece - LearnBox - Death by PowerPoint, and how to avoid it

Date published: 17.05.2021

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Did you know over 35 million PowerPoint presentations are given every single day containing on average 40 words per slide but 90%of what the presenter says is forgotten in within just 30 seconds. Which in short means there are a lot of PowerPoint casualties. It is an occupational hazard you’ve been through, right? A typical event; the killer (err... the presenter) walks into the room grinning because they know they’ve spent a long time working on their slides to make sure they don’t forget

Countdown Issue 1023

Date published: 14.05.2021

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“If a non-levy paying retailer in Scunthorpe wants to employ 12 apprentices, it should be allowed to do so, irrespective of whether retail is on the LSIP or not, because that is 12 jobs secured.”

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