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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.

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

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.

‘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.

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.

AELP calls again for equal funding of Functional Skills following government response on T Levels

Date published: 27.05.2018

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The government has published its response to the consultation on T Levels and in the process it has announced the institutions will offer them in the first wave. Responding to this, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said:

Help ITP governance get on the front foot of ITP governance – please respond by 11th May

Date published: 03.05.2018

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Recent reforms have brought more scrutiny and intensified interest in the business processes that surround ITPs, and there is a perceived bias that ITP governance cannot be as rigorous as public sector systems. AELP is teaming up with governance expert Sue Pember to produce evidence to counter such claims. We need your help to: a) describe patterns of governance used in the ITP sector and b) identify and share what makes excellent governance. Please take 15 minutes to

Employers in the driving seat?

Date published: 22.03.2018

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The President of the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), Dame Ruth Silver, has identified an acute need for FE leaders to ‘forecast and shape change’ and ‘to play a stronger part in building the future of the sector’, saying that FE is ‘under-understood, under-conceptualised, under-researched and under-theorised.’ In early 2018, FETL commissioned AELP Research to help address this need by organising a series of facilitated roundtable discussions at which diverse groups of leaders can

Two new Patron Members join AELP

Date published: 22.03.2018

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AELP is delighted to announce that its Patron Member community continues to grow, and welcomes its newest two Patrons, Innovate Awarding and OneFile. Our Patrons play an extremely important role in supporting us to deliver our wide range of services on behalf of our members; we consult with them regularly, using their insight to help inform our strategy. Furthermore, they engage regularly with our members to ensure they can benefit from their insight and expertise.

VAT: Management Fees and Advanced Learner Loans

Date published: 05.03.2018

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SUB CONTRACTING & POTENTIAL MANAGEMENT FEES. VAT: ISSUE. 'A fee or not a fee, that is the question'. The contractual relationship between prime & sub contractors must be carefully considered to identify if there is any other supply for VAT purposes, than that of the sub contractor supplying services to the prime contractor.

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