Association of Employment and Learning Providers
Press release – 27 October 2021 


AELP Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 


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 welcome further funding for traineeships and four-fold investment in bootcamps. Both offer a great blend of skills and employability. However, we must not lose sight of the 9 million adults who lack basic functional skills. The new Multiply programme for adult numeracy should help to address this, however we equally need investment in numeracy and support in place for those who lack basic digital skills.

AELP also welcome investment in the level 3 adult offer. However, "levelling up" will be nothing more than hollow rhetoric without proper investment in level 2 and below skills provision. For many learners and across many industries, level 2 and below qualifications are the first rung on the ladder of opportunity.

Jane Hickie, Chief Executive of AELP said

The Chancellor has used the Autumn Budget and Spending Review as an opportunity to substantially invest in skills. This is welcome and necessary, if we are to have any hope of building back better following the pandemic.

I particularly welcome investment in apprenticeships, traineeships and employability programmes. This focus on vocational learning will help get people of all ages and at every level into good quality training and work.

However, it is clear there remains a real lack of parity in treatment of different FE provider types. Independent training providers have been left out of education catch- up funding and capital investment, both of which are only available to schools and colleges. This is disappointing, given the important role independent training providers play in supporting employers and learners”.


For further information, please contact Rebecca Durber, AELP’s Director of Public Affairs – [email protected] | 07814 227365

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