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Countdown Issue 903

Date published: 06.12.2018

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First of all, I have to say a massive thank you to the IfA and the first signs of real transparency. Finally, the government has said publicly what AELP has been saying before the levy started – there is not enough money to do everything that the government wants. We think there should be more investment in apprenticeships, not less and the IfA have shown us why it is essential. Here’s the slide:

Countdown Issue 902

Date published: 29.11.2018

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It really is relentless, isn’t it? Finally the register details are out (but not the full details and requirements); devolved authorities tenders are starting to come out (and the timetable and approach is different in every area); limited funding growth for non-levy contracts (but a new government promotion campaign to encourage more SMEs to take on apprenticeships); IfA telling our members they are not adopting standards quick enough (starts are down 40%); ESFA

Countdown Issue 901

Date published: 22.11.2018

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So I could write less, but then when I hear gems like the apprentice who was logging their holiday as off the job – because they were off the job – how can I not repeat these things? And here’s a petition that all of us, and our students and apprentices, should sign up to https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/227563 - Remove compulsory GCSE English and maths resits for 16-18 year old students – I am vote number 855. From the day it started this policy has been wrong and AELP has said so, as

Unlocked Special - Countdown Issue 900

Date published: 15.11.2018

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Happy Birthday to us!!! 900 weeks of Countdown, over 900 members, and hopefully over 900 apprenticeship starts this month, although it is looking less and less likely as we still (incredibly) are waiting for the date the 5% SME contribution will start – nevertheless, plenty to celebrate, and some wonderful support from a whole range of people and organisations.

Countdown Issue 900

Date published: 15.11.2018

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Happy Birthday to us!!! 900 weeks of Countdown, over 900 members, and hopefully over 900 apprenticeship starts this month, although it is looking less and less likely as we still (incredibly) are waiting for the date the 5% SME contribution will start – nevertheless, plenty to celebrate, and some wonderful support from a whole range of people and organisations.

Countdown Issue 899

Date published: 07.11.2018

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Come on government – how hard can it be to set a date for when the 5% contribution comes in – or are you deliberately looking to reduce start numbers further and push providers into bankruptcy – one way to reduce the numbers on the register I suppose. I would like to thank the person who gave me this stinking cold – range of possible culprits – finance director of one of our larger members, MD of another, or the scores of people spluttering on the underground. Or my kids! Some chunky themes

Countdown Issue 898

Date published: 01.11.2018

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I am knackered! On the way home from Manchester from the AELP Autumn Conference and what a great event. Fantastic speakers from beginning to the end with great input and discussion. And what is more generally a feeling of “it is hard, but there are definitely strong green shoots”. At the end of the conference, only 6% of the audience were pessimistic about the future – the vast majority were positive that we would get more numbers (of high-quality apprenticeships) and the system will start

Countdown Issue 897

Date published: 24.10.2018

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Where to start …? I know that sounds ominous and voluminous, but there is a whole mix of things this week. Firstly, I am looking forward to seeing many of you next week at the AELP Autumn Conference (still time to book a place) – plenty to discuss and squeeze into the day and it is great to have such a great range of expert speakers. It is also the first anniversary of our updated website, as one of the big complaints from members when I joined AELP was they couldn’t find anything, and I

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

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