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Countdown 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

Countdown Issue 974

Date published: 22.05.2020

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Another week draws to a close and another bank holiday weekend in lockdown looms. With a skip arriving on Tuesday, guess what my weekend will involve doing! It is actually getting quite hard to determine what are new announcements, what already existed and has just been published again, and what is promised but not delivered. What we still haven’t got in writing is any certainty for those delivering study programmes to 16–19 year olds. Despite weekly promises, nothing which I find staggering!

Countdown Issue 973

Date published: 15.05.2020

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I have talked about three phases of our work over the past two months as we have been trying to get a coherent strategy from government for ITPs funding streams and work based learning as a whole. Yes, they have been overwhelmed, yes we are dealing with the unknown, but no-one seems to be stepping back and saying "how does this all work together?" As a reminder, our phase 1 was dealing with the immediate lockdown and provider support, while phase 2 almost concurrently sorting out appropriate

Countdown Issue 972

Date published: 07.05.2020

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As we approach another long weekend it is probably a good time to sit back and review where we are at. What is for certain is, after six weeks of lockdown, some things are finally starting to move, but others still seem firmly caught in some sort of strange policy void, sucked into a blackhole of indecision where there seems to be no escape! Ofqual has moved, in our view, to the right place on functional skills and wider vocational qualifications. Yes, there are details to be sorted but I would

Countdown Issue 971

Date published: 01.05.2020

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Another full-on week - supporting those providers that have support and stepping up the work even more (I didn’t think it was possible!) to get the support for all the other government funding streams. Surely the DfE has no more excuses. One of the top lawyers in the country stating with no doubt that levy payers should be supported by government under the cabinet office procurement guidelines – for those that haven’t seen the letter it is here and the AELP briefing.

Countdown Issue 970

Date published: 28.04.2020

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Things are moving! We have provided a lot of detail as to the contract support the DfE has announced and it is a great first step. To be clear, this support is for non-devolved AEB (including adult traineeships) and non-levy contracts. We are reliably informed there will be similar approaches for ESF and study programmes (including 16-18 traineeships) and they are just awaiting final approval. As many of you know, applications for support are required by midnight on Thursday so it is a lot of

Countdown Issue 969

Date published: 17.04.2020

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It feels like the wait will never end – still nothing substantive from the DfE other than reassuring words from the Minister and Officials and suggestions that something might be around the corner. Everyone I talk to is stunned that the DfE continue to defy Cabinet Office guidelines and seem to be oblivious to the challenges now faced by all ITPs in supporting their learners and apprentices without any form of funding guarantee – even the Cabinet Office! I want to hit the screen every time I am

Countdown Issue 968

Date published: 06.04.2020

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As I said on the FE week webinar on Saturday, my Friday evening emotions went from disappointment to disillusionment to determination. How could the government be ignoring those organisations that serve the “forgotten 50%” when all the rhetoric had been from this government that they were the priority? Remember the red wall and all that post-election stuff!! Yes, we are in unique and different times but surely if the government was genuine, these learners and apprentices would be the first they

Countdown Issue 967

Date published: 02.04.2020

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Still waiting John 11:35

Countdown Issue 966

Date published: 26.03.2020

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What a week. I am sure that sentiment is shared by everyone. All I can say to everyone is we are trying our best to get an understanding of the seriousness and urgency of the issue now – for all funding streams. Monday evening was, without a doubt, incredibly disappointing and caused great anger for me and everyone else in the sector. It is as if no-one had been listened to for the past month and stank of the past decade of bias against independent training providers.

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