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Why Improving Numeracy Does Add Up #NationalNumeracyDay

Date published: 17.05.2022

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Why Improving Numeracy Does Add Up #NationalNumeracyDay As someone who completed a finance degree, I've always had a passion for numbers. Good numeracy skills are critical from both a personal and professional perspective. 18 May is National Numeracy Day, which is a great opportunity to celebrate and promote awareness about the importance of having good numeracy skills.

How do you solve a problem like QAR?

Date published: 31.03.2022

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The apprenticeship programme may have weathered the initial Covid-19 storm, but new dark clouds are already gathering on the horizon this week. I can see the headlines now: “Apprentices let down by poorly performing providers”, but we all know it’s a lot more complex than that. However, providers shouldn’t be the only ones worried about the publication of the 2020-21 Qualification Achievement Rates (QAR) and republication of 2019-20 data.

National Apprenticeship Week 2022: How can we build on the success of the apprenticeship programme?

Date published: 10.02.2022

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National Apprenticeship Week 2022: How can we build on the success of the apprenticeship programme? Simon Ashworth, AELP Director of Policy. Last week I gave evidence to the London Assembly Economic Committee on how to improve apprenticeship opportunities. Although the session was focused on London and Londoners, the same ‘big ticket’ challenges generally exist across the rest of the country. Given National Apprenticeship Week 2022 is now upon us, perhaps this is an apt moment to explain what c

Looking back to learn lessons for the future

Date published: 02.12.2020

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Guest blog from Martin Dunford OBE and Jane Hickie. In November, AELP published the 1000th edition of its Countdown weekly newsletter for members. To mark this, AELP chairman Martin Dunford OBE and managing director Jane Hickie co-wrote a special foreword that looked back over 20 years of publication and drew out lessons that can be learned for the future. Here are their thoughts:

There has never been a better time to invest in skills to prepare for Brexit customs complexity

Date published: 17.08.2020

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Guest blog from Neil Bates, Managing Director of Seetec Outsource

One way to avoid unnecessary delays with End Point Assessment

Date published: 12.05.2020

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Guest blog from AELP board member, Debbie Gardiner MBE

Introducing staff back to the ‘new norm’ workplace

Date published: 06.05.2020

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3rd Guest Blog from ITP CEO, Matt Phelps As Government begin to talk about relaxing lockdown restrictions in response to the reproduction rate of the novel Coronavirus falling below zero and the negative multiplier effect on the economic circular flow of income becoming depressingly clear, it is inevitable that leaders in the education and training sector will need to start carefully planning how to reintegrate staff who have been working from home or furloughed into the workplace during the...

“Turn crisis management into part of your long-term planning”

Date published: 29.04.2020

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2nd Guest Blog from ITP CEO, Matt Phelps During this time of crisis management, it is very easy to forget the bigger picture. I’m very clear that my role as Chief Executive Officer at Lean Education and Development Ltd is to deliver the two-year business plan and five-year strategic plan corporate priorities.

“Tackling uncertainty head on” – Guest Blog from an ITP CEO

Date published: 22.04.2020

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The first few months of my tenure as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Lean Education and Development Ltd have certainly been interesting. The emerging and very real threat that is Coronavirus has tested the leadership skills of every college and training provider leadership team in the country. Your professional coronavirus experience will be different dependant on the type of organisation you lead. For example, the significant majority of college leaders were already attempting to navigate

Operating and surviving in an isolated world

Date published: 19.03.2020

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Operating and surviving in an isolated world So, I make no apology for this being Coronavirus focussed and nothing else. To be honest, everything else is irrelevant if the whole sector has gone bust in the next few months. I will attempt to set out what we have asked for in terms of flexibilities and what we are pushing for in terms of funding. While we may not have written a public letter, we are in constant contact with the Department, agencies and where appropriate the Treasury. Indeed, my

Responding to the spread of the Coronavirus

Date published: 06.03.2020

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Responding to the spread of the Coronavirus The Chief Medical Officer told MPs yesterday that UK health officials are moving from the ‘contain’ stage towards the second ‘delay’ phase of the government’s response to slow the spread of the coronavirus although a formal switch to the next phase has not yet been announced.

An Inspector Calls

Date published: 28.10.2019

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It was the last Monday of the month and we’d settled down for our monthly team meeting and CPD activities when the phone rang. It was ‘the’ call. I very quickly lost my appetite for the pizza due to be delivered at lunch time, a treat during our monthly meetings, although that did return just as quickly when the pizza arrived! The initial call was followed by a call from our Lead Inspector, emailed links to the Ofsted portal and a second follow up call, again with the Lead Inspector

Governance: How do you support governors or non-executive directors?

Date published: 06.08.2019

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The research, commissioned by AELP, into governance in the independent sector culminated in the publication of the Code of Good Governance (a must read for any CEO or Chair). The publication, along with several workshops, has been well received. And while I have had the privilege of co-facilitating the workshops with Karen Adriaanse (specialist in education and training and former Ofsted inspector), I am left with the feeling that all is not well for new governors/non-executive directors

Why the levy is running dry

Date published: 23.04.2019

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When stepping in to write in Countdown I always like to look back over the last week to see what burning issues have come up that would be worth exposing and/or debating further. For me there is just one hot topic which I need to get on the table as it’s one area we have seen a shedload of queries on and it worries me how many providers are getting in touch about trying to interpret what the real position actually is. So the main focus today isn’t on the recognition of prior learning … no, it

Tough choices for apprenticeship funding

Date published: 11.04.2019

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The chief secretary to the treasury said that she wants to look at education budgets when she oversees this autumn’s spending review. But before anyone in our part of the sector gets too excited, the minister insisted that in terms of a child’s age, the younger the better as far as impactful expenditure is concerned. And with Brexit delayed, uncertainty over the economy and the public finances will continue which means that providers can’t become too hopeful about possible relief for the

Apprenticeship Blog 2

Date published: 21.08.2018

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I’m now two months into my Level 4 Associate Project Management apprenticeship and what has been interesting to see first-hand is the amount of off-the-job training that is required in the new world of standards. At AELP we talk about off-the-job training a lot in various webinars, workshops and at our member sector forum meetings, but experiencing it myself has provided an excellent insight which I’m sure will be useful for future guidance for our members.

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.

AELP’s core apprenticeship message

Date published: 23.06.2017

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by Mark Dawe | AELP Chief Executive I am going to keep it simple this week – I keep getting asked what are AELP’s core apprenticeship messages (mainly by those that aren’t providers). So here goes – and these haven’t changed for a while:

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