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 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

Countdown Issue 847

Date published: 02.11.2017

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The first half of this introduction I am writing before the start of our Autumn conference – an amazing array of speakers lined up and great variety of subjects and so many aspects of the work all our members do in this incredibly complicated but rewarding skills world. The hotel room I am in at the conference has a record player, along with an interesting array of records. As I listen to Madonna “Like a Prayer” brought back some memories this morning. I did think when I saw it – oooo, a

Countdown Issue 846

Date published: 25.10.2017

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Just a week away from the AELP conference- some great speakers, great debates – should be a really informative day – can’t wait to talk through with all of you and our speakers what is happening and what is likely to happen over the next, day, week, month, year!! And you will have all been informed of our new website that is now fully operational – I hope you agree it is a vast improvement and it allows us to be far more responsive and flexible in terms of the information that we provide

Countdown Issue 845

Date published: 19.10.2017

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Last week the government published official data showing that apprenticeship starts had fallen 61% since the levy began. We therefore decided to place the advertorial below alongside FE Week’s coverage of the data. Need I say more?

Countdown Issue 844

Date published: 11.10.2017

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I spent a lot of time in Parliament yesterday. The first event was the send-off of the World Skills UK team to Abu Dhabi – an amazing 34 individuals with their very proud families, tutors, providers and employers present. If ever there was a shining example of what is good about our skills and training system, this is it – and we win medals. As a board member of World Skills UK, I have the privilege of watching the UK compete against 70 countries this year and let’s cross our fingers for...

Countdown Issue 843

Date published: 04.10.2017

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To set the scene it is almost midnight after a long day at the Tory conference – so apologies but this isn’t going to be a long one!! The past two days have seen some really good sessions and the importance of skills and apprenticeships appears to be well and truly understood. It is also great that everyone recognised who AELP is and what we stand for – to have AELP quoted by many of the speakers is a real step forward. As many of the debates have covered - we desperately need to get the

Countdown Issue 842

Date published: 27.09.2017

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We are mid-Party Conference season – as I recover from the Labour Conference almost straight away it is off to Manchester for the Tories. Being away for a few days, I have tried out a hotel trouser press for the first and probably last time – definitely an Ofsted grade 3 requires improvement verging on the inadequate when it comes to the outcomes – it was like I had Paul Joyce looking over my shoulder pointing out all the new creases. I blame the tools. I could write about my three-generation

Countdown Issue 841

Date published: 21.09.2017

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As I write this we still await a satisfactory conclusion to the AEB tendering process – there have been plenty of conversations and we are waiting patiently to see what the conclusion is. No one should be under any illusion that the anger and disbelief has disappeared – but there is hope that ministers and officials have seen sense and will make the right decisions.

Countdown Issue 840

Date published: 14.09.2017

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Let’s start with a bit of light relief, because even if you don’t need it, I do – at the weekend I witnessed the historic football victory of Boreham Wood over Leyton Orient. Orient, a team that used to beat Plymouth in the league, now losing to an incredible national league side climbing the leagues. Why I am involved in with the club - members of the squad come from the incredible education and training programme run with the club and one of AELP’s members, now with over 600 16 – 18 year olds

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