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.

Last chance saloon means subcontracting rules for the sector must be tightened up

Date published: 18.11.2019

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Last chance saloon means subcontracting rules for the sector must be tightened up Clearer expectations for the lead contractor of a government funded skills programme should be set out and complied with as the way of ensuring integrity in the subcontracting arrangements that are commonplace in the further education and skills sector. In a submission to the Department for Education (DfE) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), the Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Joint press release: British Council and Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Date published: 13.11.2019

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Emerging economies making more use of Independent Training Providers to improve skills, joint British Council / AELP research finds

Providers call for improvements in future procurements of devolved Adult Education Budget

Date published: 29.10.2019

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Providers call for improvements in future procurements of devolved Adult Education Budget A new AELP survey of independent training providers has identified how the Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) could improve future procurement arrangements for the Adult Education Budget following tenders related to half of the £1.5bn budget devolved to the English regions. AELP is committed to the devolution of AEB and the combined authorities getting the best

National Retraining Scheme should be recast as ‘Traineeships for Adults’

Date published: 23.10.2019

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The challenged and slowly rolled-out £100m National Retraining Scheme should be restructured to become a ‘traineeship for adults’. The call in a new policy statement from the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) says a vital rethink is necessary if we are to avoid another “expensive skills white elephant” such as the Employer Ownership of Skills pilot (EOP) which over 5 years until 2017 saw £350m of taxpayers’ money completely wasted. AELP recommends the creation of a

Levy shortage starving small firms of apprenticeships poses early test for Johnson campaign pledge

Date published: 09.08.2019

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Small and medium sized businesses across the country are being prevented from offering new apprenticeships because the levy which funds the government’s flagship skills programme is running short of cash. The levy funding shortage is so acute that a new survey has found that three out of four apprenticeship training providers can no longer meet demand from SME employers to train new apprentices. The lack of funding is happening at the worst possible time when thousands of school leavers age

‘Social care crisis made worse by poorly funded training’, new AELP survey finds

Date published: 18.07.2019

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The country’s unqualified adult carer crisis is being exacerbated by the government’s refusal to properly fund apprenticeships in the sector, according to a new survey published today. Training providers who train Adult Care Worker apprentices say that the prescribed funding rate for the apprenticeship programme at levels 2 and 3 (intermediate and advanced) is completely unviable. As a result, 59% of the surveyed providers are either reducing the number of apprentice carers they train or

Spending Review submission for skills focuses on productivity and social mobility

Date published: 24.06.2019

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AELP launches ‘Good to Great’ support programme for independent training providers

Date published: 24.06.2019

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AELP launches ‘Good to Great’ support programme for independent training providers AELP members wanting to become great training providers are being invited to sign up for an 8-month structured support programme to help achieve their ambitions. Announced at the start of today’s AELP annual conference, the programme, delivered by AELP, will support established good quality providers to become great across five core areas of operation. Beginning in the autumn, ‘Good to Great’ will be sponsore

Underspends and poor value subcontracting necessitate a complete overhaul of the Adult Education Budget

Date published: 21.06.2019

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Association of Employment and Learning Providers Press release – Embargoed until Friday 21 June, 00.01hrs ‘Underspends and poor value subcontracting necessitate a complete overhaul of the Adult Education Budget’ Persistent annual underspends and too much poor value subcontracting under the Adult Education Budget (AEB) are letting down adult learners across the country, according to a new analysis published by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). To replace the now tot

Young adults should benefit from new learning entitlement following Augar Review

Date published: 20.06.2019

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All young adults aged 18 to 24 should be given a fully state funded entitlement for learning at level 2 and level 3 as part of any government reforms arising from the Post 18 Education and Funding Review (or Augar Review). The call from the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) would potentially benefit 300,000 school leavers a year who don’t go on to university. Taking on board advice and support from the LSE economist Lord Layard of Highgate, AELP believes that the

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