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The Insider 09 - International

Date published: 15.11.2019

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This edition of The Insider is looking beyond these shores to how vocational education and training is being increasingly recognised as vital to economic prosperity and greater social cohesion. AELP’s interest in this subject is not new; in fact a foreign delegation addressed one of our autumn conferences about ten years ago. Nevertheless the last 18 months have seen a step up in terms of international activity with AELP organising two trips to the USA and a more recent one to Australia.

The Insider 08 - Devolution

Date published: 01.08.2019

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A key topic that has been occupying all of our minds and keeping some of us awake at night is the area of skills devolution. Skills devolution has become a reality for the Adult Education Budget (AEB) with 50% now devolved to six Mayoral Combined authorities (MCAs) and delegated to the Greater London Authority (GLA). Delivery under devolved AEB, with funding based on a learner’s home postcode kicks off on 1st August 2019. The remaining budget is still under the control of the Education and

The Insider 07 - Employers and Providers

Date published: 18.04.2019

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Welcome to the latest issue of The Insider. An edition of The Insider with a focus on employers and providers working together couldn’t be better timed. And even more so, what better than a feature from Lucy Hunte of Health Education England representing collectively one of the largest groupings of apprenticeship levy payers in the form of the NHS Trusts. As I read Lucy’s article, two aspects struck me in particular on how relevant her points are at this juncture of the apprenticeship reforms

The Insider 06 - Governance and Leadership

Date published: 07.03.2019

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One of the undoubted highlights for me of last year’s AELP national conference was how well delegates received AELP’s work on promoting good governance among independent training providers. With support from FETL, we published a code of practice which ITPs of all sizes could follow and Ofsted was happy to praise its approach from the conference platform. The promotion has continued non-stop since then with webinars presented by Dr Susan Pember and there will be a series of regional workshops

The Insider 05 - Communications and Media

Date published: 04.12.2018

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It gives me particular delight to introduce this issue of The Insider because it covers a matter very close to my heart. In fact my 15 minutes of almost global fame came when as an exam board boss, I went on the airwaves to say that pupils should be allowed to google for information during exams. My argument was that exams should be about assessing a young person’s ability to interpret and analyse information, to assess their ability to apply their understanding.

The Insider 04 - Careers, Information and Guidance

Date published: 24.09.2018

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Welcome to issue 4 of the Insider. You only need to say careers information and guidance and there is a torrent of views from virtually everyone in the education sector – and plenty from me. And in the skills sector the views ‘are even more extreme. There is still a belief, rightly so, that many schools do not explain adequately the range of options available to a young person. In many cases this isn’t deliberate, it is just a lack of expertise and understanding for those giving the advice.

The Insider 03 - DIGITAL

Date published: 17.07.2018

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Welcome to Issue 3 of ‘The Insider’! Welcome to the digital edition of the Insider. Last month we had another fabulous AELP National Conference, sponsored by NCFE, and a highlight for me was to welcome Optimum Skills Limited on to the stage as AELP’s 900th member. Less than four weeks later, we are chasing the landing of our 1000th member because we have just had 62 NHS Trusts join AELP with more expected to follow. Despite a challenging environment and falling apprenticeship starts, AELP’s

The Insider 02 - LAW

Date published: 24.05.2018

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Welcome to Issue 2 of ‘The Insider’! The spotlight has recently been thrown on the governance of providers and ensuring compliance with the legal requirements for running a business forms a major part of this. Therefore with the support of AELP Patron, VWV, this issue offers advice to members on two very topical matters where compliance is extremely important.

The Insider 01 - Recruitment

Date published: 28.02.2018

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Welcome to Issue 1 of ‘The Insider’ We are delighted to introduce our ‘new and improved’ bi-monthly digest, The Insider. The Insider replaces Sector Connect. But don’t worry. It still contains all the information you need to keep you fully up to speed with the latest news and policy developments from our Sector Forums and Special Interest Groups. The main change that you will see, is that each edition of The Insider will focus in on a key theme.

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