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.

You can access the latest news about our work here.

AELP Members can also access a wide-range of additional sector updates including our weekly Countdown newsletter, Sector Connect monthly digest, and a range of webinars. If you're interested in accessing this market-leading insight then please visit our Membership section.

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

A Level results: Government’s ‘new norm’ of choice between university and an apprenticeship unfulfilled as mishandling of levy reforms sees apprenticeship opportunities slump

Date published: 15.08.2018

  • Press Releases

member-onlyMember-only

Thousands of young people receiving their A level results on Thursday will be disappointed to find that the debt-free choice of a higher or degree level apprenticeship may not be available to them. This comes five years after former prime minister David Cameron said he wanted it to ‘to be the new norm for young people to either go to university or into an apprenticeship’.

62 NHS Trusts join AELP strengthening the employer and provider voice on the apprenticeship levy reforms

Date published: 12.07.2018

  • Press Releases

member-onlyMember-only

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is delighted to announce that under the auspices of Health Education England (HEE), 62 NHS Trusts have today become AELP members with more Trusts expected to follow. HEE has also agreed to become a Patron of AELP.

Training providers confirm in survey why the apprenticeship reforms aren’t going well

Date published: 26.06.2018

  • Press Releases

member-onlyMember-only

Training providers, who serve 380,000 employers across the country, have confirmed that there are serious issues to resolve in the roll-out of the government’s apprenticeship reforms. Confirmation of the principal concerns go a long way to explain why the latest official set of apprenticeship start numbers are over 50% down on a year ago.

3 Out of Every 4 Apprentices Still Being Trained by Independent Training Providers

Date published: 25.06.2018

  • Press Releases

member-onlyMember-only

For the third consecutive year, the market share in training apprentices for employers has remained unchanged with independent training providers (ITPs) responsible for the delivery of 3 out of every 4 apprenticeships in England. 74% of the 496,000 apprenticeships started in 2016-17 were delivered by ITPs in partnership with employers either under a direct contract with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) or under a subcontract with a further education college or another provider.

Online assessor course launched for AELP members

Date published: 25.06.2018

  • Press Releases

member-onlyMember-only

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers has responded to capacity concerns about the roll-out of the new apprenticeship end point assessment requirements by teaming up with Innovate Awarding and Pearl Assess to launch a new online assessor training course.

New Code of Good Governance launched for Independent Training Providers

Date published: 25.06.2018

  • Press Releases

member-onlyMember-only

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

Date published: 15.06.2018

  • Press Releases

member-onlyMember-only

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:

AELP expands its legal support services for full members

Date published: 06.06.2018

  • Press Releases

member-onlyMember-only

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

  • Press Releases

member-onlyMember-only

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.

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

Date published: 09.05.2018

  • Press Releases

member-onlyMember-only

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.

Top of Page