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Countdown Issue 966

Date published: 26.03.2020

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What a week. I am sure that sentiment is shared by everyone. All I can say to everyone is we are trying our best to get an understanding of the seriousness and urgency of the issue now – for all funding streams. Monday evening was, without a doubt, incredibly disappointing and caused great anger for me and everyone else in the sector. It is as if no-one had been listened to for the past month and stank of the past decade of bias against independent training providers.

Countdown Issue 966

Date published: 25.03.2020

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What a week. I am sure that sentiment is shared by everyone. All I can say to everyone is we are trying our best to get an understanding of the seriousness and urgency of the issue now – for all funding streams. Monday evening was, without a doubt, incredibly disappointing and caused great anger for me and everyone else in the sector. It is as if no-one had been listened to for the past month and stank of the past decade of bias against independent training providers.

Countdown Issue 965

Date published: 20.03.2020

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Operating and surviving in an isolated world So, I make no apology for this being Coronavirus focussed and nothing else. To be honest, everything else is irrelevant if the whole sector has gone bust in the next few months. I will attempt to set out what we have asked for in terms of flexibilities and what we are pushing for in terms of funding. While we may not have written a public letter, we are in constant contact with the Department, agencies and where appropriate the Treasury. Indeed, my

Countdown Issue 964

Date published: 12.03.2020

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I am going to focus on two things today: the budget, including our meeting with the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister (make sure everyone you speak to uses this title as this in itself shows where the priority of government is), and the Coronavirus or Covid 19. Budget 2020 Firstly, the key statement in the budget supporting documentation for our members was “Apprenticeships also provide the opportunity for people to learn valuable skills and get good jobs. Since its introduction in April

Countdown Issue 963

Date published: 05.03.2020

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Yep – on the train again. After an amazing night at the AELP/FE Week Annual Apprenticeship Awards and a couple of days at the AAC conference, I am on the way back to London. It was great to see the minister at the awards dinner and to hear her speak at the start. I think she received very positive feedback from all 500 plus delegates in attendance. Well done to all those who were shortlisted and congratulations to all the winners. Also, a big congratulations to Beej Karmar for the lifetime

Countdown Issue 962

Date published: 26.02.2020

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I genuinely don’t know where to start this week – so much happening that is of real significance to members. I will try and get the highlights, more in the detail below and then a very busy CEO webinar on Friday!! And having just read through this, I know there is more, but I think 2500 words is enough! First a reminder, we had a lot of people asking us to re-run our day with Ofsted and ideally in the North. The event is now running in Leeds on 16 March with the full Ofsted team. I believe if

Countdown Issue 961

Date published: 19.02.2020

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The fight for more funding for non-levy payers continues to gain momentum. On 25 February, we have an event sponsored by Emma Hardy in Parliament at 5pm to debate the SME funding crisis. It would be good to fill the room so please do register if you can make it and want to be part of the debate. The link for registering is here. English and maths survey for large employers Firstly this week, AELP is asking for your help in distributing a survey on maths and English qualifications to large

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

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