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

Urgent government action needed as apprenticeship numbers continue to fall

Date published: 23.02.2018

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Commenting on today’s monthly apprenticeship statistics, AELP chief executive Mark Dawe said:

Employers in the driving seat? New thinking for FE leadership

Date published: 21.02.2018

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A major new 12 month research project called Employers in the driving seat? New thinking for FE leadership has been launched by AELP Research, the research unit at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, supported by FETL, the Further Education Trust for Leadership. We invite FE senior leaders from across FE and Skills in the UK to get involved in round table discussions about the implications for the sector and society of moving towards a more employer-focused system.

AELP exceeds 860 Members!

Date published: 08.02.2018

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Membership is certainly still on the increase with more than 850 organisations now in membership. The changing world of Apprenticeships is evident with more Colleges, Universities and EPAOs joining AELP including; the University of the West of England, Southampton Solent University, City of Bristol College, Catten College, Inspire Middlesex College, Bradford College, Barnsley College, West Herts College, London Design & Engineering UTC College and The Henley College.

T level work placement Questionnaire for Providers

Date published: 01.02.2018

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As you may be aware, the government is introducing a new type of qualification for 16-19 year olds in England called T levels. These two, year full-time courses, will be of equal value to both classroom-based A levels and work-based Apprenticeships. T levels are being designed at the moment, ready for starting in schools, colleges and training providers in the year 2020 – not so far away now. This is your opportunity to have your say on the work placement element of T levels. Your responses

AELP Members are sharing views and experiences on policy reforms…

Date published: 29.01.2018

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AELP Members are currently sharing their views on and experiences of policy reforms and AELP’s work.

AELP responds to 26.5% drop in apprenticeship starts

Date published: 25.01.2018

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Commenting on today’s official statistics for apprenticeships, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said:

T level work placements: employer consultation – advanced notice for learning providers

Date published: 24.01.2018

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As you may be aware, the government is introducing a new type of qualification for 16-19 year olds in England called T levels. Proposals being consulted on at the moment include a 45 to 60 day work placement. AELP are joining forces with City and Guilds to survey employers and providers about what the new T level work placements should look like and how they could work in practice.

Impact of apprenticeship reforms on social mobility shared with Damian Hinds

Date published: 10.01.2018

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AELP CEO Mark Dawe has written to Damian Hinds, the new Secretary of State for Education, congratulating the minister on his appointment. Damian Hinds has a track-record of commitment to improving social mobility and the letter enclosed an updated version of AELP’s summary paper on social mobility which had previously been circulated during last autumn’s party conference season. The paper explains how DfE apprenticeship and traineeship policies are actually working against social mobility,

AELP Board Directors honoured in New Year’s Honours list

Date published: 03.01.2018

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AELP Board Directors honoured in New Year’s Honours list Three of the current AELP Board have been among AELP members honoured in Her Majesty’s New Year’s Honours List. AELP Directors Debbie Gardiner (Executive Chair of Qube Learning), Alex Khan (Chief Executive of Lifetime Training) and Chris Jeffery (Non-Executive Director of Skills Group UK) were all recognised with MBEs. Also in receipt of this award were Richard Carter, Governor of West Suffolk College, and Michael Finney, Director of

Ministerial Reply on the Non-levy Apprenticeship ITT Outcome

Date published: 22.12.2017

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Members will be aware from Countdown and the sector press that following the outcome of the most recent non-levy ITT, AELP wrote to ministers calling for an urgent review. In particular, we drew attention to the absurdity of high quality training providers being left without a contract despite ‘passing’ the tender because their contract value had been pro-rated down below the minimum £200,000 threshold.

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