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Countdown Issue 984

Date published: 30.07.2020

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Welcome to this week’s Countdown! Even under normal circumstances, July and August are a strange time for our sector, with the holidays starting just as many young people begin to think about their first steps in post-compulsory training and employment opportunities. This year however, the sector is not only facing up to this happening just when the economy has almost completely stalled – the shocking but unsurprising statistics about apprenticeship starts in May is evidence of that - but we

Countdown Issue 983

Date published: 22.07.2020

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My final Countdown I’m leaving this week, But it is not farewell And maybe I'll come back Jane says, hell no? I guess it is simple Goodbye AELP (goodbye AELP) Will things ever be the same again? It's my final countdown. My final countdown! And if you need the tune to sing along to – why not use this? João Santos, deputy head of unit in the directorate general for employment, social affairs, and inclusion at the European Commission, commented on apprenticeships across Europe saying they

Countdown Issue 982

Date published: 17.07.2020

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Sitting down with a gin on another Thursday lockdown evening to write my penultimate Countdown (and yes, I have had that Europe song going through my head for weeks!!). Apparently there are bets in the office about what the word count of this introduction will be, and I could write a PHD dissertation on my experiences at AELP, but I promise you I won’t drag you through the past (almost) 5 years blow by blow. We are seeing, almost day by day, more movement responding to many of the things

Countdown Issue 981

Date published: 09.07.2020

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Initially there is an expanded youth offer of job support and training which is likely to be a combination of Job Centre Plus work coaches and training providers for 13 weeks. Following this youth offer the young person will be guided into either a traineeship, apprenticeship or the Kickstarter programme which is for 6 months with the wages subsidised at national minimum wage for 25 hours a week. Employers can register from August and programmes can start in September. Our ask, if still possible

Countdown Issue 980

Date published: 02.07.2020

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As always when I write these first few words my intention is to keep this short and sharp. You never know but, after more than four years, I might finally get there. The long-awaited response from DfE on subcontracting came out this week with a clear desire to have more visibility and control, only supporting good quality subcontracting and reducing the volume over a period of three years. Our message hasn’t changed really – the best way to reduce subcontracting is to procure more of the AEB

Countdown Issue 979

Date published: 26.06.2020

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It’s hot, I know we shouldn’t complain, but when you’re stuck in a boiling room looking at the sun beaming down outside it is difficult. So, this week has been quite a rollercoaster – in a positive way. Having spent the last few months making sure we get whatever coverage we can on challenges the providers, their employers and their apprentices and learners are facing in one week we get the Select Committee, press coverage, Newsnight and the Sunday Times wanting to interview us. The reality is

Countdown Issue 978

Date published: 19.06.2020

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Next week I have the pleasure of speaking with others at an Education Select Committee hearing on the current state of apprenticeships and the impact of Covid-19. In my OCR days, the invitation to a select committee normally meant that the exam boards had done something wrong and we were being invited to a public flogging. In this case, it is an opportunity to get on parliamentary record our complete dissatisfaction of how levy apprenticeship providers have been treated, as well as our concern

Countdown Issue 977

Date published: 11.06.2020

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It’s Wednesday and it would have been the day of our conference today when I’d be preparing for a long day and evening ahead! How times have changed and we would have had plenty to talk about. So instead of holding a glass of fizz and trying out my latest suit, I am at home, shorts and t-shirt talking to faces on my laptop, and thinking about the next stage of painting an outdoor backgammon board and pieces – never in a million years could I imagine having found such activities so engaging!

Countdown Issue 976

Date published: 05.06.2020

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It’s late Thursday night and I still haven’t written this – so you may all be lucky and get a shorter version! Been busy today in particular drafting with the team the AELP submission to Treasury. With the promise of a budget at the start of July, suggestions that there might be a skills announcements at the end of June and a Prime Minister committing to an Apprenticeship Guarantee, there has never been a better time to set out broadly what is needed. In simple terms, an apprenticeship

Countdown Issue 975

Date published: 29.05.2020

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I am sure you will all know the news by now – after over 4 years I am leaving AELP. Firstly thank you to so many people who have sent me messages over the past 24 hours – very kind words all round. I should start by repeating the statement I made yesterday because it really captures everything: “While I leave behind a great dedicated team and many incredible members at AELP, it certainly isn’t goodbye, and the memories will last for a lifetime! Indeed there is still much for AELP and me as

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