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 997

Date published: 30.10.2020

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When too many important issues still get placed by government in the ‘provider whinge/vested interests’ folder before action is taken (the latest on functional skills testing being a good example when it is the prospects of the apprentices themselves that are suffering), it is always reassuring to hear first-hand from employers that they share similar concerns to us on skills and employment matters. This week we had one of one regular large employer meetings, chaired by Sharon Blyfield of

Countdown Issue 996

Date published: 22.10.2020

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Jane is taking a break, so the baton has passed to me to write the Countdown introduction this week. On Wednesday the government announced the not entirely surprising news that it is pulling its three-year planned Spending Review that was due this Autumn and the Chancellor and the Prime Minister have decided to conduct a one-year interim Spending Review deal instead, setting department's resource and capital budgets for 2021-22. It's frustrating that we have again failed to get a longer-term

Countdown Issue 995

Date published: 16.10.2020

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Resolving the centre assessed grades issue for functional skills testing is proving to be a tough nut to crack. The government feels that the lack of remote or ‘at home’ testing is a matter for the awarding organisations and independent training providers to sort out while tens of thousands of apprentices are stuck waiting and not progressing. It was pointed out to me that the issue isn’t a concern for colleges. Well, firstly if you take subcontracted delivery into account, only 3 out of 10

Countdown Issue 994

Date published: 09.10.2020

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I wrote to the skills minister this week about both the alarming logjam in functional skills testing and our concerns about ‘ineligible costs’ being excluded from the latest model for calculating apprenticeship funding bands. Perhaps the first part of the letter wasn’t needed because I’m reminded of Sue Pember’s comments on her days in the DfE that when something big was splashed on Friday’s FE Week

Countdown Issue 993

Date published: 02.10.2020

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The AELP team tell me that if I keep my Countdown introductions short, we get more hits on the items below but in weeks like this, it is a challenge. This week the AELP Board, which is constituted to represent large and smaller providers, met and there were two major concerns discussed where AELP must remain vocal. Firstly, the government should shift its position on the delivery of adapted functional skills assessments as soon as possible and we should get back to calculated results for FSQs

Countdown Issue 992

Date published: 25.09.2020

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It was only about three weeks ago that the DfE were encouraging providers to get back to traditional delivery models for work based learning programmes. But the government announcement of new coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday has thrown carefully laid plans up into the air after we were told that people should work from home wherever possible and that the new measures would probably stay in place for at least the next six months. I’ll come on to the impact on apprentices and learners in a

Countdown Issue 991

Date published: 18.09.2020

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“We do not want to undercut apprenticeships” with Kickstart, said employment minister Mims Davies on a CBI webinar this week which just shows that AELP’s immediate response to the Chancellor’s plan for Jobs in early July has hit home across Whitehall. Judging from the comments by the webinar facilitator, it seemed like that many of the audience were ITPs because the CBI were receiving a lot of questions about apprenticeships and traineeships. The obvious question also came up about the much

Countdown Issue 990

Date published: 14.09.2020

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The initial feeling after AELP’s Business Recovery Conference was one of relief, not because I ever had doubts about the quality of the content but because technically this major online event went off almost entirely without any glitches throughout the two days. For this, we must express special thanks to Emily Brasier and her AELP events team and for the support received from our partners Lsect and Visions Group who ran the proceedings so smoothly from their studio in Reading. Simon Ashworth

Countdown Issue 989

Date published: 04.09.2020

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Last Friday I mentioned that we were due to have a call that day with senior Treasury officials to discuss the employment and skills response to the impact of Covid-19 and it was a very productive meeting. AELP’s view is that collectively we still have to address some short-term pandemic related challenges and then agree on the action needed for the three years covered by the next Comprehensive Spending Review. We took the officials through our ‘shopping list’ and then we had a discussion on

Countdown Issue 988

Date published: 28.08.2020

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After highlighting last week the fact that we are facing a busy autumn on the sector reform front, we have had more calls in the past few days with senior officials at ESFA and IfATE which have helped to lay the ground for further announcements. This morning I will also be talking to the Treasury with AELP setting out its stall on what we want to see in the Comprehensive Spending Review as part of the post-pandemic recovery effort. Yesterday’s apprenticeship starts and vacancies data

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