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Beyond the pale - AELP response to DfE Covid-19 statement on apprenticeships and assessment
Date published: 23.03.2020
“The omission of any DfE funding support for apprenticeships and other skills training goes completely against the assurance offered by the Secretary of State to the House of Commons last week. We are left to conclude that the government is not serious about apprenticeship training or any other forms of skills training continuing while the pandemic goes on or that it is very happy to preside over many independent training providers (ITPs) going out of business over the next three months.”
Covid-19 and skills training: The three big things that need to happen now
Date published: 20.03.2020
Covid-19 and skills training: The three big things that need to happen now The Association of Employment and Learning Providers has submitted to the DfE and Treasury a list of major actions and other flexibilities which need to be taken to safeguard apprenticeship and skills provision during the pandemic. The three most important measures needed without any further delay are: 1. Guaranteed programme income across all funding streams for all provider types (grant or contracted) until the
Funding commitment pledge for SMEs’ apprenticeships in Budget 2020
Date published: 12.03.2020
Budget 2020 contained an encouraging announcement that the government will ensure that sufficient funding is made available in 2020-21 to support an increase in the number of new high-quality apprenticeships in small and medium sized businesses. AELP was the first to acknowledge though that the announcement in the Treasury’s red book did not include any numbers in terms of how much new funding will be made available. More details are expected to follow in the forthcoming Spending Review.
Coronavirus: Government suspends ‘break in learning’ rule for apprentices affected
Date published: 09.03.2020
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has welcomed as an important first step an announcement from the Department for Education that apprentices, who are ready for assessment but cannot be assessed due to assessor illness or Covid-19 related measures, will be allowed to have a break in learning (BIL). The current government funding rules for permitting a break in learning without the apprenticeship training provider incurring a serious financial penalty are very tight and
Poor recognition of the value of learning on the job in an apprenticeship leads to a call to review government rules for apprenticeship delivery
Date published: 03.03.2020
Leading apprenticeship employers and practitioners agree that no ‘magic formula’ exists for splitting the time for training on and off the job in order to deliver a successful apprenticeship. In research published by Association of Employment and Learning Providers, sponsored by City & Guilds Group, they argue that it is the combination of on and off the job training elements that define success, not the absolute amount or proportion of either. The ‘one size fits all’ approach of 20% of
Time to overhaul totally dysfunctional careers advice system as AELP publishes new plan for action
Date published: 28.02.2020
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has published a hard-hitting 5-point plan to finally sort out England’s dysfunctional careers advice system for school children and adults. A key new recommendation is that Ofsted should hold back from awarding an overall ‘outstanding’ grade to any school failing to comply with the Baker Clause which legally requires students to have access to FE and skills providers to obtain information on the technical education and apprenticeship
Increasing the levy’s scope not the solution to solving apprenticeship funding difficulties, new analysis finds
Date published: 25.02.2020
Analysis by leading education consultancy Public First for Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has found that even trebling the number of businesses within the scope of the apprenticeship levy would not nearly raise enough money to solve the current funding problems facing SMEs who want to recruit more apprentices. The consultancy’s findings strengthen the case that while the government was probably right to decide on a minimum £3m annual payroll threshold for the levy’s
“Leave the apprenticeship levy alone”, say group of UK’s largest employers
Date published: 11.02.2020
On behalf of a group of large apprenticeship levy paying employers including RBS, Coca-Cola European Partners and Kier Group, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers is issuing a statement which calls for the government to leave the levy alone, preserve entry points to apprenticeships at all levels and recognise that SMEs need their apprenticeships properly funded as well skilled supply chains. Chair of the large employer group, Sharon Blyfield of Coca-Cola European Partners, said:
Thousands of SMEs denied chance to recruit apprentices as a result of levy shortage, latest AELP survey finds
Date published: 10.01.2020
Thousands of SMEs denied chance to recruit apprentices as a result of levy shortage, latest AELP survey finds Two-fifths of training providers are having to turn away smaller businesses wanting to recruit apprentices because of the growing shortfall in funding from the £2.8bn apprenticeship levy. The levy is designed to fund the entire apprenticeship programme for large and small employers but providers are now on average turning down approaches from 40 SMEs each due to their non-levy
Last chance saloon means subcontracting rules for the sector must be tightened up
Date published: 18.11.2019
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