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Countdown Issue 857

Date published: 18.01.2018

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We await to see whether a new Secretary of State has an impact on the apprenticeship policy and implementation, along with the other skills policies including T levels, and next week we have the publication of the latest start figures which should help focus the minds of officials and ministers. While it is certain the starts won’t be down as dramatically as before Christmas, the question is what will the figure be. And whatever that figure is, given it includes September starts, the overall

Countdown Issue 856

Date published: 10.01.2018

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If you are ever feeling that you are having bad luck travelling, AELP’s COO Jane Hickie has had a murder, heart attack and theft of signals disrupting her in the last 24 hours on three separate train journeys. We are starting to see the consequences of the non-levy tender exercise already hit. As I travel around the country this week meeting all the network representatives, I am hearing about providers going bust, running on fumes, many cutting their delivery to their allocation which is way

Countdown Issue 855

Date published: 04.01.2018

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Happy New Year to you all – as I start reading my emails again I have mixed feelings – so much potential, so many positive opportunities balanced with so many challenges facing providers old and new. We need to ensure that we promote the amazing work our members are doing with employers and learners as well as keeping slogging away at the craziness. Firstly massive congratulations to Debbie Gardiner, Alex Khan and Chris Jeffery – great to see ITPs being recognised through the honours system

Countdown Issue 854

Date published: 20.12.2017

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Last Countdown before Christmas. And a New Year’s resolution (because they always work!) to be more concise in 2018 – it’s just there is so much going on at the moment and we are in such a critical period! Subject to what the ESFA and DfE throw our way, Countdown should now be on holiday until 9 January 2018. However there does seem to be a habit that as soon as I plan to have a bit of time off, one or the other or both stick something in the mix that sucks me back into work – let’s hope

Countdown Issue 853

Date published: 13.12.2017

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The Wild West of apprenticeship contracts and delivery continues apace!! In the non-levy world the list released (surely by accident during a live tender period) seems to suggest 250 new providers, 100s of good quality providers gone missing – and how low are expectations when members are celebrating a tender award of 50% of their bid. I thought I could find a quote from Deadwood (Ian McShane Wild West series) to reflect the views of many of our members – while it might reflect what many are

Countdown Issue 852

Date published: 07.12.2017

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So I did think that if we waited until today, I might have something more to write about - maybe I could have written about the wonderful allocations that the ESFA had made for non-levy employers. But alas we still wait as I write this. At least when it comes, it will be an announcement that actually includes ITPs, although the way things are going you start to wonder. There have been many announcements this week where it seems that it has been forgotten what role ITPs play – either by

Countdown Issue 851

Date published: 30.11.2017

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I would like to start by thanking the Minister for apologising for the delay in the non-levy tender outcomes. AELP understand that this is something that she inherited and I am sure the delay is as frustrating for her as it is for our members. However, we are now seeing businesses folding and there are many very worried people in the sector whose futures will be determined by the outcome of the tender round for delivery starting in under 20 working days. Hopefully the DfE will give every

Countdown Issue 850

Date published: 23.11.2017

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When your football team is playing your Chairman’s football team there is only one possible result – at the weekend Plymouth lost 4 – 0 to Oxford and equilibrium was maintained. Equilibrium - not how I would describe the current situation for our membership. It is stunning that once again a deadline has been missed by the ESFA. The AELP members I have discussed this with are resigned to the fact that they get beaten up by an organisation for missing deadlines that hasn’t hit one of their own

Countdown Issue 849

Date published: 16.11.2017

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I have spent the first couple of days of the week in Birmingham at the ICC and the AoC conference – and now I am sitting at the NEC for the rest of the week for the Skills Show. I have begun to get to know Birmingham very well. At the conference it was great to hear the Minister speak so positively about skills, about the sector and how important it is. She is clearly listening to what people have been saying. AELP is waiting to see if we get any progress on 20% off the job and a change in

Countdown Issue 848

Date published: 08.11.2017

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So much has happened since our conference, it starts to feel a distant memory! What we have to concentrate on for the next week or two is persuading government that do nothing is not an option – it is not an option if we want to ensure that the manifesto’s 3 million apprenticeship target is hit (yes, that does still exist and is still being repeated), and it is not an option if we want to ensure that social equality exists at least at the level it was at before the levy was introduced (let

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