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 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

Countdown Issue 886

Date published: 08.08.2018

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Let’s jump straight in and start this week’s Countdown with the elephant in the room which is unacceptably high subcontracting management fees. On Monday this week the ESFA published a short note which stated that in the coming months they will: …undertake further work to develop their expectations about the services that prime providers should offer to their subcontractors, with key priorities to develop an approach which: increases the amount of funding that reaches frontline delivery and

Countdown Issue 885

Date published: 01.08.2018

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As we are on the very cusp of the end of the academic year I’m sure you and your teams are all busy chasing paperwork and getting achievers finished off and uploaded through the ILR. Having worked in FE for a while now I know how hectic July is for providers. I’m sure you’ll be looking forward to August… but wait - not so fast - because as always it starts again and off we go … the never-ending cycle and spinning of plates of FE we all live and breathe and somewhat take for granted at times.

Countdown Issue 884

Date published: 26.07.2018

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Great to see that the growth process for all ages of apprenticeships has finally been published for non-levy contracts. There is always a twist though, isn’t there? While I am sure there will be plenty of funding to support genuine growth in quality apprenticeships across all sectors (I can imagine there is quite a lot spare at the moment!) we are told that there are certain areas which will take priority. As important as these jobs might be, I had not realised these particular ones were such

Countdown Issue 883

Date published: 19.07.2018

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I have a lot of French relatives, and while I am sure the first words when I see them this Summer will be “well done”, it will be unbearable from that moment forward! I suppose some would say it is payback for me driving across France with “Wiggins” written across the back of my trailer in big letters and England flags flapping in the wind, when he won their national tour… It is great to see the transformation of the England football team and it has created a lot of

Countdown Issue 882

Date published: 11.07.2018

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There I was sitting thinking how should I start Countdown – then I get an email with the following opening line – “We are currently recruiting to the posts of Chair and Non-Executive Director at AoC Create, and we wonder if either role may be of interest to you, in terms of complementing your current role and career path”. Are they trying to tell me something about my current career path? Is the role really complementary to what I am currently doing? These are things I am going to have to think

Countdown Issue 881

Date published: 05.07.2018

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I attended an Education Policy Institute Event yesterday with really interesting speakers talking about the new schools landscape. When I asked about the loss of vocational education in schools and the damage it might do to social mobility and motivation I got a good (expected) reply from Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman and National Schools Commissioner David Carter about the importance of a balanced curriculum suitable for all learners, while not going back to the past where everyone

Countdown Issue 880

Date published: 28.06.2018

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24 hours recovery and ready to take on the world! Great to see so many of you at our annual conference – almost 600 attending. And I would like to thank everyone who bought me a drink … unfortunately too many to list now!! A massive thank you to NCFE, our lead sponsor for all their support, and Smart Apprenticeships our second tier sponsor. Obviously thank you to all our other sponsors and exhibitors, without whom we couldn’t run the conference and certainly couldn’t offer free places to

Countdown Issue 879

Date published: 20.06.2018

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As the annual conference rapidly approaches it seems obligatory to say that registrations are up again – what do people say when numbers are down one year – AELP have never experienced that?? Everyone who said they will speak have confirmed and we have a fantastic lineup. Aidan and I have been working on a range of press releases so we know already there is some exciting and interesting news for members, about members and views of members. I think we are even going to draft a press release

Countdown Issue 878

Date published: 14.06.2018

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Firstly, thank you for listening, IfA – extending the deadline for the T level content response allows a proper consideration of the content - you never know it may be perfect, but now we have a chance to properly consider the proposals. All the members that have an interest in the first three T level areas, please do read the relevant part of the 107 pages and AELP will take feedback through our sector groups. Meanwhile the Lords Economic Affairs Committee have said “The role of the

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