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All Media and PR enquiries should be directed to Rebecca Durber, AELP's Director of Public Affairs: [email protected] or 07814 227365. 

AELP welcomes introduction of lifelong learning accounts

Date published: 25.11.2021

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Minister of State for HE & FE announces introduction of “lifelong learning account” as part of the 2025 lifelong loan entitlement for provision at levels 4-6 AELP welcomes move as a step in the right direction, but urges government to consider individual skills accounts, to empower learners and employers and widen access to lifelong learning and training. The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has welcomed Government plans for the introduction of lifelong learning

AELP welcomes Skills Bill progress, but reforms must go further to maximise learner and employer choice

Date published: 18.11.2021

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The UK Government’s Skills and Post-16 Education Bill has received its House of Commons 2nd Reading, and moves to Committee Stage shortly AELP welcome the principles and direction of travel contained in the Bill but warn more must be done to increase learner and employer choice Local Skills Improvement Plans, the list of relevant providers and a further measures to extend and better enforce the Baker Clause need ironing out as the legislation makes further progress through Parliament

AELP Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021

Date published: 27.10.2021

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AELP Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 press release The skills trade body ‘The Association of Employment and Learning Providers’ has responded to the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 with cautious optimism. The government’s focus around the skills agenda has been appreciated. We certainly welcome any investment which will help reach ambitions to get people into good quality, well-paid sustainable work.

AELP National Conference 2021

Date published: 04.06.2021

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Britain’s training providers will today express support for the government’s employer centred approach to reforming skills training but will warn against new legislation imposing costly bureaucracy that could stall efforts to improve workforce productivity. At its annual conference, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) will say that it will be local young people and adults needing to retrain after the pandemic whose prospects could suffer if training capacity is reduced

Strategic Development Programme Launched For Leaders And Governors Involved In Apprenticeship Delivery

Date published: 10.02.2021

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To support Leaders and Governors involved in apprenticeship delivery, a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme, fully-funded by the Department for Education, has launched. Part of the Education and Training Foundation’s (ETF) Apprenticeship Workforce Development (AWD) programme, the Strategic Leadership and Governance offer has been developed with Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and the Association of Colleges (AoC) to enable Leaders and Governors to develop

Outcome focused approach in FE white paper welcomed by training providers

Date published: 21.01.2021

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AELP welcomes the Skills for Jobs white paper with its outcome focused approach and emphasis on working closely with employers. We are also pleased that the role of independent training providers is recognised, not just in delivering apprenticeships but also in adult education and other forms of training.

Light at the end of the tunnel for thousands of held-up apprentices in exams controversy

Date published: 18.01.2021

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The Association of Employment and Learning Providers sees the publication of the DfE/Ofqual consultation on awarding qualifications in 2021 as a distinct ray of light at the end of a long dark tunnel for over 40,000 apprentices and other vocational learners who have been unable to take their maths and English tests due to covid restrictions and whose career progress has been held up by lack of government action over recent months.

AELP congratulates 3 members of the Apprenticeships and Skills sector for their recognition in the New Year’s Honours

Date published: 30.12.2020

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AELP congratulates 3 members of the Apprenticeships and Skills sector for their recognition in the New Year’s Honours The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is absolutely delighted that MBEs in the New Year’s Honours have been awarded for services to apprenticeships and skills to:

Ministers should be bold about introducing a demand-led system in the Further Education white paper

Date published: 25.11.2020

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Joint AELP Ufi press release A new digital platform that will support the learning of apprentices, trainees and college students post-Covid 19 is set for an autumn launch. The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and Ufi VocTech Trust (Ufi) have formed a new partnership to launch the service, which is called #SectorShare. This project is part of Ufi’s VocTech Now funding call, which was a direct response to the impact of Covid-19 on vocational learning across the UK.

FE sector and government must learn lessons from first Covid lockdown to avoid future mistakes, new AELP/FETL research finds

Date published: 11.11.2020

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New research on Covid’s impact on the further education and skills sector shows that training providers, colleges and government all need to learn lessons from the first covid lockdown if apprentices and learners are to receive better support under similar circumstances in the future. Qualitative research undertaken by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), supported by The Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), found that:

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