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.

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

Artificial deadline for End Point Assessment further risks the reputation of apprenticeships

Date published: 05.06.2019

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Artificial deadline for End Point Assessment further risks the reputation of apprenticeships Apprenticeship training providers and end point assessment organisations have called on the government to stop further risking the reputation of apprenticeships as part of the troubled levy reforms. To avoid more damage, they are requesting a small extension to the time limit for recording the number of successful apprentices scheduled to complete their programmes in the current academic year.

‘More apprenticeships for prisoners would cut the £15bn annual bill for reoffending’, say employment and skills bodies

Date published: 29.05.2019

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Joint AELP/ERSA press release A new report has called for a cross-government approach to enable more prisoners to take up apprenticeship opportunities while still in prison, which can then result in sustainable employment for them on release. Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) have put forward a series of recommendations to kickstart the Prisoner Apprenticeship Pathway which was first proposed in a Ministry of Justice

‘Employers aren’t really in the driving seat on skills’, finds AELP/FETL research

Date published: 03.04.2019

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The state stills remains firmly in control of skills provision in this country despite government claiming that reforms over the last five years have put employers in command. This principal finding came as a result of research conducted by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers and the Further Education Trust for Leadership of 81 FE and skills sector leaders in nine roundtable discussions around England. The research set out to find whether the ‘employer in the driving seat’

Subcontracted delivery of apprenticeships dropped significantly in first year of the levy, FOI data reveals

Date published: 27.03.2019

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Press release: Embargoed until Wednesday 27 March 2019, 00.01hrs

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