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.

New easy-to-follow guidance to comply with off-the-job training rule for apprenticeships

Date published: 09.05.2018

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New easy-to-follow guidance to comply with off-the-job training rule for apprenticeships The Association of Employment and Learning Providers has issued updated guidance on how employers and training providers can work together to comply with the 20% off-the-job training (OTJT) rule for apprenticeships.

AELP welcomes Mayor’s engagement with providers on improving Londoners’ skills as AELP London is launched

Date published: 27.04.2018

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The Association of Employment and Learning Providers has increased its policy building capacity and representative presence in the capital by launching today a new regional provider network called AELP London. The new network replaces the former London Work Based Learning Alliance (LWBLA) and its membership will comprise independent training providers, colleges, universities and other providers who deliver employment and skills programmes in London.

AELP publishes its Review of Apprenticeship Standards and End Point Assessment to evidence concerns

Date published: 19.04.2018

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Following AELP CEO Mark Dawe’s appearance before the Education Committee in the House of Commons on Tuesday, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers has decided to publish the evidence it gathered before publicly expressing serious concerns on the roll-out of the new standards and end point assessment (EPA) arrangements as a critical component of the apprenticeship reforms.

AELP withdraws from the governance of the Education and Training Foundation

Date published: 15.03.2018

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The Board of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has decided that AELP should formally withdraw from the sector ownership of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and that AELP should give up its representation on the ETF Board with immediate effect.

Sector bodies recommend 20% cap on management fees for subcontracting

Date published: 07.03.2018

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Press release – 07 March 2018 Jointly issued by AELP, Collab Group and HOLEX Representative bodies in FE system publish new best practice guidance for a relationship between a prime provider and subcontractor Management fees charged by a prime FE or skills provider should not be more than 20% of the programme funding and will generally be much less.

Disadvantaged young people left again without apprenticeship opportunities after re-run of controversial government procurement

Date published: 21.12.2017

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High quality training providers and colleges including charities have been denied the opportunity by the government to continue offering apprenticeship training to disadvantaged young people.

‘Why wipe out good or outstanding apprenticeship training providers after latest Ofsted findings?’, asks AELP

Date published: 13.12.2017

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Training leaders consider concerns about variable quality in the delivery of government funded skills programmes to be very over-stated following Ofsted’s confirmation today that four out of five independent training providers are good or outstanding. The inspection results in the Chief Inspector’s Annual Report 2016-17 are pertinent to the Commons Education Committee inquiry on the quality of apprenticeship training which begins in the new year.

Government gets it right on work experience element of T levels but it must recognise level 2 attainment

Date published: 01.12.2017

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16 to 18 year olds should be allowed to study technical education at level 2 if the government is serious about social mobility for young people.

Autumn Budget 2017: ‘Don’t dilute apprenticeship levy spend’

Date published: 22.11.2017

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Autumn Conference 2017 release

Date published: 01.11.2017

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More flexibility needed in apprenticeship levy reforms to reverse poor start Training leaders are calling on the government to urgently take forward the skills minister’s own acknowledgement that a more flexible approach is needed if the apprenticeship reforms are going to be the success they should be. If the government is genuinely concerned about social mobility and productivity, then action needs to be taken.

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