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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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.

Countdown Issue 950

Date published: 21.11.2019

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Subcontracting So, let’s tackle this full on from the start – Subcontracting. An excellent document has been produced by AELP members, setting out what good subcontracting is and particularly the expectations that should be placed on prime contractors, along with AELP’s longstanding call for a maximum fee. You can find AELP’s submission here. Understandably the press ran with a headline about AELP recognising the danger of an outright ban, if there is not more confidence in terms of quality

Countdown Issue 949

Date published: 14.11.2019

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Another train journey, another Countdown!! As the election heats up, we are starting to see draft manifestos appearing and skills are definitely a headline. Skills Policy Announcements So far, we have the Lib Dems and Labour. Skills wallets or skills accounts for adults seem to have gained a lot of traction. If we see the same sort of commitment from the Tories, then we have the foundation across all parties to talk about the best approach in terms of a “skills account”. It will need to

Countdown Issue 948

Date published: 07.11.2019

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And here we go. Into an election period. Firstly, it means officials suddenly disappear off the face of the earth along with the politicians (in terms of national policy) as purdah hits. No public appearances, no new announcements. It is how it is and there is nothing we can do about that. Thus, the delay in Ofsted annual report, the delay in any more significant ESFA announcements, IfATE announcements etc. etc. The Forgotten 50% I wrote a few weeks ago about the impression I had of the

Countdown Issue 947

Date published: 31.10.2019

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Sitting on the train back from Manchester – before you start all I can say is sorry, it was a long-delayed journey. What an amazing conference – great speakers, great audience and some really crunchy issues covered. Across all the speakers I think there was a message that they respected AELP and their members. They may not agree with everything we say, but at least we say it and we come up with solutions. Non-levy transition and levy transfer For many in the room, the most significant

Countdown Issue 946

Date published: 24.10.2019

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First of all, we are only a week away from our Autumn conference in Manchester at the Midland Hotel. We have a fantastic line up of speakers and a significant number of members already registered to attend. There is still time to register and it would be great to see as many of you as possible. This is a time of great change and the more input we have from delegates the better. AELP policy asks I have shared with everyone our main policy asks [Briefing Paper 65 and Briefing Paper 66] over

Countdown Issue 944

Date published: 10.10.2019

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Train journeys to Birmingham, Leeds and Selby this week – so watch out for the word count!! One of my earliest memories in FE was soon after Incorporation and I was Head of Corporate Services at Canterbury College. There was great excitement as Nicky Clarke was coming to the college to open our new hair and beauty salon (now aged 60 by the way but still looking as youthful as ever – google him!). He was the main man in hairdressing at that time. One of the students had written to him and he

Countdown Issue 943

Date published: 02.10.2019

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How much more positive could you get!!! It’s been fascinating fishing around trying to find decent research that links skills and apprenticeships to improving productivity in companies. There are several anecdotes and some reports that reference it, and everyone agrees it is true, but it seems to be limited research. We continue to look but, if any member knows of anything, PLEASE send it through to us. It is vital in nailing Treasury support for the growth of apprenticeships going forward –

Countdown Issue 942

Date published: 26.09.2019

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What a time to be at the various political parties conferences. As the Supreme Court’s ruling was announced I was sitting in a labour fringe. Mobile phones pinged and the whole place erupted into applause and it wasn’t because I was saying how great apprenticeships were. I don’t think we will remember 2019 for the game changing impact of degree apprenticeships on HE somehow!! Labour conference There is a report lower down on some of the events we attended in Brighton. One message that was

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