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Countdown Issue 910

Date published: 07.02.2019

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So first of all, AELP Board elections. All full provider members have the opportunity to vote for the board nominations. There are a number standing this year, and as the majority of members are in the small provider category you can therefore vote for these candidates (see details below). It is really important that our members feel properly represented by AELP and the elected board members is one important way of ensuring this is achieved – so please vote!! Watch out soon for the launch of

Countdown Issue 909

Date published: 31.01.2019

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I was writing this yesterday and thinking – this is all very serious and sensible as an intro. Then bang – DfE show their hand this morning. (Click here for details). £38m capital for T levels – hoorah. But only for colleges – Boo. I had to double check – not even the ITPs that managed to scrape into the pilots – nope they don’t need capital either. Oh, and it is worse. Colleges that aren’t even in the pilots can bid for money. Read the FE week article here. This isn’t inappropriate

Countdown Issue 908

Date published: 24.01.2019

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Hairdressing reared its well-groomed head again this week. The main feature in TES was triggered by Damian Hinds comment that we train too many hairdressers. I am not going to go off on my usual rant – this article did it for me. Dawn Ward (started out as a hair and beauty therapist, now Principal of Burton and South Derbyshire College) made the comment, “Nobody questions the fact that universities train more law graduates than there are jobs, that they have more archaeology graduates than

Countdown Issue 907

Date published: 17.01.2019

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“We are seeing a move to longer, higher level and more expensive. We are seeing an upgrading of apprenticeships” – the rot starts at the top. I was just thinking how to start Countdown this week and the tweet pops up on my phone as the Secretary of State talks to the Education Select Committee. Higher level means upgrading – no wonder we are in such a mess at level 2, we don’t even have the Secretary of State’s support or understanding as to what quality means. I am not going to get into the

Countdown Issue 906

Date published: 10.01.2019

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Happy New Year everyone – and what a year ahead of us! Having just come back from 2 weeks off I was describing the feeling to the Northern Network, who I met in Leeds today - it is like waking up from a very heavy night (eg at the AELP conference) feeling ok but a bit wobbly and then slowly recalling what happened and what was said!! As I ran through with the networks all the aspects of work AELP is doing with AEB, Functional Skills, Traineeships, Apprenticeships etc it was a slow reawakening

Countdown Issue 905

Date published: 20.12.2018

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So this is the last Countdown before Christmas and a couple of weeks off – I can feel the sighs of relief. It is always so hard to know what to write about each week at the moment as there is so much – I know it is hard to believe but I have halved the number of things I was going to write about! I hope everyone has an amazing Xmas and New Year and you are able to recharge ready for what is likely to be an equally exciting 2019. Thank you to everyone who sent me messages following last week’s

Countdown Issue 904

Date published: 13.12.2018

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Before I get going (and lose a bunch of you!!) – the AELP / FE Week Apprenticeship Awards 2019 - please please apply – this is about celebrating great providers and employers who support amazing apprentices – it’s not hard and still time with the nominations closing on 21 December. If you were hoping for short, I am sorry, this is not the week for it. And if you feel like some of this has been said before, possibly it has - but these things have to be said until we see some changes. It’s been

Countdown Issue 903

Date published: 06.12.2018

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First of all, I have to say a massive thank you to the IfA and the first signs of real transparency. Finally, the government has said publicly what AELP has been saying before the levy started – there is not enough money to do everything that the government wants. We think there should be more investment in apprenticeships, not less and the IfA have shown us why it is essential. Here’s the slide:

Countdown Issue 902

Date published: 29.11.2018

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It really is relentless, isn’t it? Finally the register details are out (but not the full details and requirements); devolved authorities tenders are starting to come out (and the timetable and approach is different in every area); limited funding growth for non-levy contracts (but a new government promotion campaign to encourage more SMEs to take on apprenticeships); IfA telling our members they are not adopting standards quick enough (starts are down 40%); ESFA

Countdown Issue 901

Date published: 22.11.2018

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So I could write less, but then when I hear gems like the apprentice who was logging their holiday as off the job – because they were off the job – how can I not repeat these things? And here’s a petition that all of us, and our students and apprentices, should sign up to https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/227563 - Remove compulsory GCSE English and maths resits for 16-18 year old students – I am vote number 855. From the day it started this policy has been wrong and AELP has said so, as

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