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.

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

Countdown Issue 1018

Date published: 09.04.2021

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AELP is very sorry to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. As many people are saying, the Prince was a marvellous public servant and someone who dedicated so much of his life to the betterment of young people. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty and the Royal Family. I hope that you all enjoyed the Easter break and the glorious weather that came with it – even if some of us where then treated to a day of snow! Because we live in exceptional times,

Countdown Issue 1017

Date published: 01.04.2021

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It’s been a week when we have had a rush of announcements most likely driven by a combination of the Easter break and the local election purdah period. On Wednesday, the ESFA published guidance on AEB reconciliation for 2020-21. This confirms the threshold arrangements which have not been welcomed by some in the college community. I need to stress that there is also a very strong message for ITPs implicit within the guidance based on our conversations with the Agency. For all ESFA funded

Countdown Issue 1016

Date published: 26.03.2021

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This week we have had some great developments which will go a long way to supporting AELP members in their programme delivery. After some alarming misinformation was circulated during an employer webinar last week, Ofqual formally confirmed on Wednesday that teacher assessed grades (TAGs) are permitted for functional skills qualifications probably until the end of the summer and possibly beyond. I will say it again; with 86,000 apprentices currently beyond their planned end dates, there must

Countdown Issue 1015

Date published: 19.03.2021

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It was a fantastic day yesterday both watching and participating in AELP Spring Conference 2021. Firstly, my thanks to our principal sponsors, Learning Curve Group and NCFE, and thanks also for the support from e-learning WMB, Education and Training Foundation, Cognassist, bksb, Ascentis, VTCT and CogniSoft. I’m sure you will agree that the AELP events team did another fabulous job in putting a major online conference together. If you were not able to attend, the recordings of all the

Countdown Issue 1014

Date published: 12.03.2021

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It’s less than a week now until the AELP Spring Conference, sponsored by Learning Curve Group and NCFE, and the timing really couldn’t be better. Just ten days after the return to learning and the recent publication of the white paper and budget announcements, our four event themes – Regulation, Technology, Teaching & Learning and Quality – are so important as we come out of the third lockdown. On regulation, the ESFA will be able to provide an update on the RoATP refresh which has caused some

Countdown Issue 1013

Date published: 05.03.2021

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The Budget has dominated the whole week with the Treasury choosing to trail the apprenticeship and traineeship announcements last weekend. It was rather cheekily pointed out to me that I could retire happy because I was quoted in the Daily Express! Nice thought but with so much still to do, my dream of retiring to a gite in Provence will have to wait just a while longer! On a more serious note, the reaction to the increased employer incentives for apprenticeships has been interesting and I

Countdown Issue 1012

Date published: 26.02.2021

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Well we got there in the end. On Wednesday, the government finally announced that teacher assessments for functional skills qualifications (FSQs) will be permitted where live or remote assessments cannot be undertaken. However, teacher assessments cannot begin until after Easter. This was followed by an announcement on Thursday reintroducing the flexibility to allow the resequencing of end point assessment (EPA) ahead of FSQs. This will come in immediately and run until the end of May. More

Countdown Issue 1011

Date published: 19.02.2021

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All eyes are on Monday’s announcement from the prime minister on easing the lockdown restrictions and the planned return for educational settings. You will already have seen reports that the earliest mainstream educational settings will return is 8 March and we are expecting Boris Johnson to set out a national roadmap. In its latest guidance the DfE pledged to give at least 2 weeks’ notice to allow learners, providers and parents to prepare, which aligned with the 8 March date. But the depart

Countdown Issue 1010

Date published: 12.02.2021

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It’s been great to see members really get behind National Apprenticeship Week using the power of social media. Some of the clips with employers and learners have been fantastic and it’s been particularly encouraging to see ones featuring apprentices from the BAME communities. Two of our members, Multiverse and JGA Group, were on the panel for Rishi Sunak’s latest Plan for Jobs webcast on Thursday (Plan for Jobs Panel: Putting the Plan into Action - YouTube) and Biddy Lall of JGA Group will be

Countdown Issue 1009

Date published: 05.02.2021

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This week started with AELP meeting the new interim chief regulator at Ofqual, Simon Lebus. Given the controversy around school exams, it was not surprising that I had to bring him up to speed on the functional skills testing issue and Mr Lebus listened carefully before asking for relevant briefing materials. Having banged our head against the wall with ministers and officials, AELP has written to all MPs this week about an April start date for the reintroduction of teacher assessments not

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