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Countdown 975

Date published: 29.05.2020

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I am sure you will all know the news by now – after over 4 years I am leaving AELP. Firstly thank you to so many people who have sent me messages over the past 24 hours – very kind words all round. I should start by repeating the statement I made yesterday because it really captures everything: “While I leave behind a great dedicated team and many incredible members at AELP, it certainly isn’t goodbye, and the memories will last for a lifetime! Indeed there is still much for AELP and me as

AELP CEO Announcement

Date published: 28.05.2020

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It was announced today that Mark Dawe, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), will be leaving AELP in mid-August to take up a new role within the skills sector. Current chief operating officer, Jane Hickie, has been promoted to become AELP’s managing director as part of a new structure which the AELP Board has put in place to address the challenges that Covid-19 has presented. Her appointment recognises the crucial part that she has played in AELP’s

AELP responds to Prime Minister’s statement on apprenticeships and Labour’s letter to the Education Secretary

Date published: 28.05.2020

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The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has called on the Department for Education to intervene and ensure that the country’s apprenticeship training provider infrastructure remains in place as part of the post-pandemic recovery plan. This follows the Prime Minister’s statement to the Commons Liaison Committee yesterday that he would “look at the idea” of giving young people aged 16 to 25 an ‘apprenticeship guarantee’. The proposal was put to him by the Education select c

Countdown Issue 974

Date published: 22.05.2020

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Another week draws to a close and another bank holiday weekend in lockdown looms. With a skip arriving on Tuesday, guess what my weekend will involve doing! It is actually getting quite hard to determine what are new announcements, what already existed and has just been published again, and what is promised but not delivered. What we still haven’t got in writing is any certainty for those delivering study programmes to 16–19 year olds. Despite weekly promises, nothing which I find staggering!

AELP publishes proposals for post-Covid employment and skills recovery package, calling for combined cross-departmental and devolved approach

Date published: 21.05.2020

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Britain’s response to the growth in pandemic-related unemployment requires a cross-departmental approach within government, according a new set of proposals published by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers. The solution must start with identifying job opportunities and upskilling requirements as the core driver, not a generic skills or Work Programme with different government departments doing their own thing. This requires sophistication and close engagement with employers

Countdown Issue 973

Date published: 15.05.2020

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I have talked about three phases of our work over the past two months as we have been trying to get a coherent strategy from government for ITPs funding streams and work based learning as a whole. Yes, they have been overwhelmed, yes we are dealing with the unknown, but no-one seems to be stepping back and saying "how does this all work together?" As a reminder, our phase 1 was dealing with the immediate lockdown and provider support, while phase 2 almost concurrently sorting out appropriate

One way to avoid unnecessary delays with End Point Assessment

Date published: 12.05.2020

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Guest blog from AELP board member, Debbie Gardiner MBE

Covid-19 update: Flexibilities announced for traineeships

Date published: 07.05.2020

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Covid-19 update: Flexibilities announced for traineeships The DfE has announced new flexibilities to help maintain traineeship provision during the pandemic. On its published flexibilities request list, AELP had pointed out that due to Covid-19, there are scenarios where are trainees are stuck on programme without a work placement and trainees wanting to start their traineeships, but lacking work placement opportunities. We said that flexibility was required – for example, trainees could

Countdown Issue 972

Date published: 07.05.2020

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As we approach another long weekend it is probably a good time to sit back and review where we are at. What is for certain is, after six weeks of lockdown, some things are finally starting to move, but others still seem firmly caught in some sort of strange policy void, sucked into a blackhole of indecision where there seems to be no escape! Ofqual has moved, in our view, to the right place on functional skills and wider vocational qualifications. Yes, there are details to be sorted but I would

Parliamentary Newsletter 28

Date published: 07.05.2020

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