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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.

Countdown Issue 879

Date published: 20.06.2018

  • Countdown

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As the annual conference rapidly approaches it seems obligatory to say that registrations are up again – what do people say when numbers are down one year – AELP have never experienced that?? Everyone who said they will speak have confirmed and we have a fantastic lineup. Aidan and I have been working on a range of press releases so we know already there is some exciting and interesting news for members, about members and views of members. I think we are even going to draft a press release

Apprenticeship Blog

Date published: 19.06.2018

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Apprenticeship Blog – Cheryl Swales (June 2018) As members may have seen from recent social media posts, I have just embarked on a Level 4 Project Management Apprenticeship. It is an interesting experience for me to become a learner again having previously worked in ITPs managing apprenticeships and delivery staff, and with AELP as Project Manager for the past 2 ½ years.

‘Government urgently needs to boost lower level skills training to be ready for Brexit’, says new AELP policy submission

Date published: 15.06.2018

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The government urgently needs to step up its response to addressing lower level skills gaps in the economy with Brexit less than a year away, according to a new policy submission by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). AELP is calling for DfE ministers to use their spending review proposals and the post 18 education review specifically to:

‘Ministers need to respond to latest crash in apprenticeship starts’

Date published: 14.06.2018

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The latest monthly apprenticeship start numbers for March 2018 (23,900) have been published today showing a 52% fall in total starts in comparison with March last year. Starts for the year 2017-18 so far are down 28% on a year ago. Based on the latest quarterly total for January-March 2018 of 76,500 starts, AELP now estimates that 206,000 starts per quarter are now needed until the end of March 2020 in order for the government to achieve its 3 million starts manifesto commitment.

Countdown Issue 878

Date published: 14.06.2018

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Firstly, thank you for listening, IfA – extending the deadline for the T level content response allows a proper consideration of the content - you never know it may be perfect, but now we have a chance to properly consider the proposals. All the members that have an interest in the first three T level areas, please do read the relevant part of the 107 pages and AELP will take feedback through our sector groups. Meanwhile the Lords Economic Affairs Committee have said “The role of the

Patron Think Piece - NCFE June 2018

Date published: 14.06.2018

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Adult Education Budget (AEB) – making the most of your funding allocation with NCFE Having eagerly awaited the latest version of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) Funding rules, we were pleased to see that the rules remain largely unchanged. There appears to be some minor amendments, rather than significant wholesale changes and this is absolutely the right decision, for a number of reasons.

Mayor of London launches Skills and Adult Education Strategy

Date published: 06.06.2018

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Focusing on three primary objectives of empowering Londoners to access education, meeting the needs of the City’s economy and deliver a strategic technical and adult education offer- the Skills Strategy has a sharp focus on outcomes rather than qualifications.

Countdown Issue 877

Date published: 06.06.2018

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Always difficult to know where to start each week – so let’s go with exam fees which have come around yet again, this year in a TES article– “if only we could halve them”, etc etc. You’ll have to forgive me if I slip my exam board hat CEO on for a moment. 2.5% of total budget on exam fees – that is 2.5% for external quality assurance of delivery and learning – is not a bad deal. So is this really the area of focus or are there other budgets that might be a larger

AELP expands its legal support services for full members

Date published: 06.06.2018

  • Press Releases

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AELP has teamed up with leading national law firm, VWV, to expand the legal support services available to its members who are engaging with employers and other partner organisations to deliver apprenticeships. The original offer, which was tied in with the apprenticeship levy’s introduction in April 2017, gave members free and exclusive access to template legal contracts for use with levy-funded and non-levy funded employers.

Employers and education providers voice serious concerns over T Level work placements

Date published: 05.06.2018

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With only two years to go until T Levels become part of the education curriculum, new research published today by City & Guilds and AELP reveals that just 17% of UK employers feel that they have a good understanding of the new qualifications, with almost half (49%) rating their understanding as poor. In addition, almost a quarter (54%) of education providers rate their understanding of T Levels as either middling or poor.

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