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.

AELP appoints its first Devolution Director

Date published: 07.12.2018

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AELP appoints its first Devolution Director to help take advantage of fantastic opportunities in the regions The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has made a senior and very experienced staff appointment in response to fast moving developments in the devolution of skills budgets in England.

AELP consults on proposals to avoid an EPA ‘car crash’

Date published: 15.11.2018

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The Association of Employment and Learning Providers is consulting its members on proposals to avoid a looming ‘car crash’ over the assessment of apprentices at the end of their training. If the latest potential pitfall in the apprenticeship reforms process is not adequately addressed, it could be extremely damaging to the flagship skills programme’s reputation. Under the reforms, every apprentice must be end point assessed before completing their programme. According to the Institute for

Government should adopt MPs’ recommendations on the apprenticeship reforms without delay

Date published: 08.10.2018

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The recommendations in the Education Committee’s report, expertly steered by Robert Halfon MP, are to be warmly welcomed and the government should waste no time in implementing all of them, according to the Association of Employment and Learning Providers which represents providers that train 3 out of every 4 apprentices in England.

Fair system must be created to allow employers of all sizes to access apprenticeship funding

Date published: 21.09.2018

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Association of Employment and Learning Providers Press release – Embargoed until Friday, 21 September 2018, 00.01hrs Fair system must be created to allow employers of all sizes to access apprenticeship funding Smaller employers will need a streamlined digital service to access government funding for apprenticeships when they join the Apprenticeship Service (AS) which is currently operating for large levy-paying employers only.

GCSE results: Government resits policy branded ‘a disgrace’ with less than a quarter of Maths re-takers passing.

Date published: 23.08.2018

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Association of Employment and Learning Providers Press release – for immediate release, 23 August 2018 GCSE results: Government resits policy branded ‘a disgrace’ with less than a quarter of Maths re-takers passing. School leavers are biggest losers from crash in apprenticeship opportunities, so the government must respond.

A Level results: Government’s ‘new norm’ of choice between university and an apprenticeship unfulfilled as mishandling of levy reforms sees apprenticeship opportunities slump

Date published: 15.08.2018

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Thousands of young people receiving their A level results on Thursday will be disappointed to find that the debt-free choice of a higher or degree level apprenticeship may not be available to them. This comes five years after former prime minister David Cameron said he wanted it to ‘to be the new norm for young people to either go to university or into an apprenticeship’.

62 NHS Trusts join AELP strengthening the employer and provider voice on the apprenticeship levy reforms

Date published: 12.07.2018

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The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is delighted to announce that under the auspices of Health Education England (HEE), 62 NHS Trusts have today become AELP members with more Trusts expected to follow. HEE has also agreed to become a Patron of AELP.

Training providers confirm in survey why the apprenticeship reforms aren’t going well

Date published: 26.06.2018

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Training providers, who serve 380,000 employers across the country, have confirmed that there are serious issues to resolve in the roll-out of the government’s apprenticeship reforms. Confirmation of the principal concerns go a long way to explain why the latest official set of apprenticeship start numbers are over 50% down on a year ago.

3 Out of Every 4 Apprentices Still Being Trained by Independent Training Providers

Date published: 25.06.2018

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For the third consecutive year, the market share in training apprentices for employers has remained unchanged with independent training providers (ITPs) responsible for the delivery of 3 out of every 4 apprenticeships in England. 74% of the 496,000 apprenticeships started in 2016-17 were delivered by ITPs in partnership with employers either under a direct contract with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) or under a subcontract with a further education college or another provider.

Online assessor course launched for AELP members

Date published: 25.06.2018

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The Association of Employment and Learning Providers has responded to capacity concerns about the roll-out of the new apprenticeship end point assessment requirements by teaming up with Innovate Awarding and Pearl Assess to launch a new online assessor training course.

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