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Countdown Issue 920

Date published: 18.04.2019

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With the Chief Executive taking a short well-earned break, the responsibility falls on me as the “guest” contributor to provide the main Countdown article this week, and firstly on behalf of the team at AELP I just wanted to take a moment to wish all our members a Happy Easter! When stepping in to write in Countdown I always like to look back over the last week to see what burning issues have come up that would be worth exposing and/or debating further. For me there is just one hot topic which

Countdown Issue 919

Date published: 10.04.2019

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Firstly I stand corrected. I know it is like Halley’s comet, but it does happen. I got overexcited last week that the QAR was going. It is not that the rubbish measuring system is being scrapped, it is the minimum performance levels using the rubbish measuring system will no longer be used – sorry for the confusion and thank you to all the members and government officials who pointed this out (to be clear the government officials didn’t call it a rubbish measuring system). Last weekend I had

Countdown Issue 918

Date published: 04.04.2019

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Firstly, what a week last week – the Annual Apprenticeship Conference, the AELP Spring Conference and the incredible FE Week / AELP AAC Awards. At the awards there was a packed room with over 500 people and incredible stories behind every shortlisted organisation. Anyone who has any doubt about the commitment of the apprenticeship providers of all shapes and sizes (!) and the incredible work they do should take a look at the nominations and the winners

Countdown Issue 917

Date published: 28.03.2019

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2019; it’s crunch time. Where are we at and where are we are going? FOI data shows independent training providers delivered the training for two-thirds of apprenticeships in the first full year of the levy. It’s pretty clear that the changes in sub-contracting rules starved ITPs of funding – cut contracts, cut providers, cut sub-contracting – especially to SMEs. • fewer providers could get funding, • sub-contracting dried up, • HE entrant to the market. So where does the problem lie?

Countdown Issue 916

Date published: 21.03.2019

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Straight to business... Finally the funding rules are out (see below for a summary) confirming the 25% transfer and the 5% co-investment date at the start of April for implementation. We have been asked by some whether the government funding is staying at 90% and the co-investment at 5%, so the provider gets less. The answer is no – the government funding goes up to 95% making up for the 5% less co-investment. What we all know now is that there isn’t enough money in the contracts for

Countdown Issue 915

Date published: 13.03.2019

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The second half of apprenticeship week was as good as the first – it continued to remind me and everyone else why apprenticeships are so good. I spoke at a Pearson event where their own apprentices were graduating, sharing a platform with Jason Holt, the Open University and Babington, their provider. The event was chaired by Scott Bailye – not only a passionate Apprenticeship Ambassador, but also a passionate hairdresser. As we sat answering really tough questions from the apprentices, I

Countdown Issue 914

Date published: 07.03.2019

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Government officials confirmed this week that they know that the non-levy allocations which our members recently received for next year, will mean significantly fewer starts next year. That is right – they know from modelling carry-in funding and the average cost of individual apprenticeships, that the government is contracting for fewer non-levy starts. Next year the DfE are asking for less apprenticeships in non-levy businesses. As the government proudly describes its marketing campaign to

Countdown Issue 913

Date published: 04.03.2019

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“A client of mine is looking for £800k 16-18 apps and £200k 19+ apps” -the start of an email one (and I am sure many) of our members have received. Brings up all sorts of emotions, doesn’t it? The strongest is £800k of 16- 18 apprentices not funded. What is going on? As we are getting feedback from our members about their non-levy allocations for next year, the overwhelming message has been they will be forced to cut starts due to a drop in funding for the year when accounting for carry in

Countdown Issue 912

Date published: 21.02.2019

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As I was about to press send, with great sadness I read about the news of the death of Sir David Collins. He was a passionate supporter of Further Education and those the sector served and made a major contribution throughout his career. My first meeting with him many years ago was when, as colleges (when I was a Principal) we were all being encouraged to take 14 – 16-year-olds on the Increased Flexibility Programme. He refused to have any in his college – “Mark, they [the government] keep

Countdown Issue 911

Date published: 14.02.2019

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Last week of voting for the AELP board elections – remember this is your chance to influence those who steer AELP so please do vote – details are below. You will also see today that we are launching the website for our conferences - Spring, National and Autumn all in one go – so you can get the dates in your diary – and a change in venue for the Spring and National conference which will definitely provide a lift. The Spring conference follows the Annual Apprenticeship Conference at the ICC in

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