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 960

Date published: 13.02.2020

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It is a strange period – strange in a positive way. What an amazing apprenticeship week and we have been bombarded with incredible stories of apprenticeships at all levels. I have a long list of links to stories from across the country of the impact apprenticeships have had for individuals and employers. The fact that an unprecedent 35 MPs have contacted us to arrange to see apprentices in their constituencies, with requests still flowing in shows that apprenticeships and skills are top of

Countdown Issue 959

Date published: 05.02.2020

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I am writing this as Apprenticeship Week is in full flow. It is great to see so many of you at all the events I am attending and hopefully get to catch up with a lot of you at our Spring Conference in Birmingham on Thursday. I have so much I would like to write about and have a tonne of articles I want to point you all to – some of the amazing things I am hearing about, the incredible work our members are doing and some of the challenges we are facing. For example, we read about Vauxhall

Countdown Issue 958

Date published: 29.01.2020

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Firstly, I am sure you are all aware it is National Apprenticeship Week next week. It is still not too late to email your local MP and offer them an opportunity to visit an employer and meet apprentices. It doesn’t have to be anything grand – a short visit is all that is needed. AELP wrote to all MPs offering the same and have had a steady flow of acceptances, which is really excellent, and we are contacting local providers to arrange visits, but if you are able to do the same it should

Countdown Issue 957

Date published: 22.01.2020

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It is an incredibly busy time. That, combined with no train journeys this week, means another concise introduction from me. We have meetings with the Secretary of State, the shadow skills minister and a whole range of officials and organisations such as Ofqual, Ofsted and IFATE during this crucial period in the run up to the budget and also laying the foundations for the spending review that will follow straight afterwards. As well as apprenticeships, we are involved in discussions around T

Countdown Issue 956

Date published: 16.01.2020

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Yesterday I got a short email in my inbox from the Tory party – I get them from all the parties before you ask, and I think they grabbed my email before the days of GDPR. As my parents will tell you, they still get letters for me at their house from all the parties as many years ago I joined all three parties for a year so that I could go to their conferences at member rates – I think that is against all the rules, but I didn’t know at the time! Anyway, it wasn’t a long email from the Tories

Countdown Issue 955

Date published: 09.01.2020

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New Year, New Challenges Happy New Year – here we go 2020!! It is a shame that my break got interrupted by blatant publicity grabbing fake news about fake apprenticeships, squeezing the pips out of a story once again. That wasn’t reality two years ago, let alone in 2020. Anyway, what has been quite encouraging is the backlash against the report and a tide of agreement that actually apprenticeships at all levels, and particularly level 2, have real value and we need more not less.

Countdown Issue 954

Date published: 18.12.2019

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So, the last Countdown before Christmas and a welcome break for many in the sector. My present to you is to keep this as short as possible!! Election Aftermath We now have an election result and a government with a strong majority and clear mandate. Not only were skills, apprenticeships, devolution and retraining at the heart of the manifesto, a significant number of those who voted for this government are those that expect the government to deliver on this agenda to enable them to have

Countdown Issue 953

Date published: 16.12.2019

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A comprehensive skills strategy You’ll probably be reading this just before or after the election results (I suppose that covers all possibilities!). Clearly there are some big issues outside skills but, whoever will be in office, there are some key messages to get across to the new government. AELP is preparing briefing papers on a range of these issues as well as support for members in approaching their new MPs. We will start pushing these messages in January 2020 and we are listening to

Countdown Issue 952

Date published: 04.12.2019

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As we are in the last couple of weeks of the pre-election period, as well as walking around with my postal vote in my pocket for days trying to find a post box, it feels as if there is a strange calm before the storm. That storm happens over Christmas and beyond. Some very clear messages needed from AELP once we know what the government is, the minister for skills (maybe) and the Secretary of State. There have been so many stories over the past week it has been really hard to decide what to

Countdown Issue 951

Date published: 28.11.2019

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We now have three out of three manifestos from the main parties. There has been a lot written about the commitments from all three parties to skills and further education. Along with a commitment to business and productivity and dealing with the consequences of Brexit, retraining and apprenticeships from level 2 to level 7 are top of the agenda. More money invested in skills and apprenticeships means more people will be trained and meet the skills needs of business and the economy as a whole.

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