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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Countdown Issue 896

Date published: 17.10.2018

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After last weeks Countdown, I got a fairly prompt email from my dad – he said he was learning the words to ‘Don’t fence me in’ sung by Bing Crosby and Roy Rogers. Sort of depends where the care worker level 2 ends up, to be honest dad – maybe you need a chat with Sir Gerry! There has been a lot of heartfelt sympathy towards those working on the chalk face at 3aaa as it went into administration. At a time when a lot of organisations are looking for good staff, we hope they find new roles

Countdown Issue 895

Date published: 11.10.2018

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Many of you will have seen the AELP tweet - we are now funding a level 2 fence installer on a £7k funding band. The funding band for a level 2 care worker is £3k. A member suggested to me today, maybe the new social care policy is just to make sure all the old people are contained adequately within well installed fencing – while reading their old MBA text books. I am not sure that is the rationale for the difference in funding – I hope not, but if it is – watch out mum and dad. This is one

Countdown Issue 894

Date published: 03.10.2018

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At the Conservative party conference, AELP’s simple message has been sort out apprenticeships at lower levels, SMEs and young people – and that means remove the 10% contribution from non-levy payers. We have also heard many employers complaining about the IfA and their processes – nothing faster or better and actually there is such a fog of mystery in terms of their processes, so no one is actually sure what faster and better should look like.

Countdown Issue 893

Date published: 26.09.2018

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It’s Party Conference time! Only done a couple of days so far at the Labour conference so a little early to give full reflections, but here is my initial gut feeling … Remember that awful phrase, “the forgotten 50%”? (I hate it because many of us never forgot them, we just weren’t given the tools to help them). I just get the feeling that the policy writers have forgotten the forgotten 50% again. I am not saying that they aren’t being talked about at the events I am in, and Gordon Marsden in

Countdown Issue 892

Date published: 19.09.2018

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Straight into business to start with (sighs of relief across the country)… The ripples from the funding band reviews are turning into waves. Take a look at this excellent piece of analysis Simon did this week (apparently there is a “bring back Simon’s Countdown intro” campaign building up)… There were 222 standards approved prior to Feb 2018 – the date the IfA announced they were going to take a new evidence-based approach. The IfA has said they will conduct “further reviews over the rest of

Countdown Issue 891

Date published: 12.09.2018

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Last week we heard the very sad news about the death of Frank McMahon, who will be greatly missed by many especially in the ITP world given the incredible contribution to education and training he made through his life. He also gave me an amazing lesson on apprenticeships for fishermen in Whitby – if ever a national policy undermined a quite special and high quality programme, I think this might be the best example. But that was Frank – passionate about every employer, every apprentice, every

Countdown Issue 890

Date published: 05.09.2018

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After an amazing set of results, my eldest is off to University this week – St Andrew’s. Can you imagine my surprise and delight to find out that he will be staying in the David Russell accommodation!! I know David went to St Andrew’s, but hadn’t realized he had such an impact that they named a building after him!! These few weeks are busy ones – indeed the next couple of months – ministers back, party conferences, our autumn conference, lots of other conferences (!), along with another

Countdown Issue 889

Date published: 30.08.2018

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Firstly a big thank you to Simon and Jane for making me feel totally surplus to requirements over the summer! Simon seemed to smoothly slip in to the Countdown intro world and add plenty of insightful pages of comment. So I go away for a couple of weeks and someone manages to lose the apprenticeship target!! It was last seen being smashed with a large bat by the DfE towards Number 10, and it then disappeared down a “not invented here” hole with some weak “we only

Countdown Issue 888

Date published: 22.08.2018

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Last week I went along to the AELP Hospitality Sector Forum in Birmingham and heard from the Group HR Manager from Brend Hotels, a levy paying employer with a chain of eleven luxury hotels across the South West of England. What a great insight into the transition from frameworks to standards and the journey behind that. No surprise that the training required being far more technical and stretching and how their trusted training provider had developed a bespoke programme with double the number

Countdown Issue 887

Date published: 15.08.2018

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You don’t need to be a mind reader to probably know the latest one thing that is on everyone’s mind at the moment … last week’s announcement by the ESFA in regards April 2019 and future of the non-levy contracts. April 2019 being when the current non-levy apprenticeship contracts were due to expire and government’s aspiration was for all employers to use the apprenticeship service to access apprenticeship funding. In the statement published last Thursday, the ESFA announced they will be

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