Association of Employment and Learning Providers
Press release – for immediate release, 21 May 2020
Britain’s response to the growth in pandemic-related unemployment requires a cross-departmental approach within government, according a new set of proposals published by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers.
The solution must start with identifying job opportunities and upskilling requirements as the core driver, not a generic skills or Work Programme with different government departments doing their own thing. This requires sophistication and close engagement with employers and sectors, utilising live rather than lagged data.
AELP argues that a simplistic approach is unlikely to work because the experiences of different sectors of the economy have varied so much over the past three months.
The availability of opportunity will also be driven by regional requirements involving the Mayoral Combined Authorities and others. A live data set will be necessary to help identify which opportunities are available where and when, drawing upon a combination of sector-driven intelligence and on the ground opportunities from Jobcentre Plus and other sources.
AELP’s proposed framework has identified the following priority groups who require support:
The proposals recognise that many displaced workers will have skills which they consider are specific to the industry they work in, but are actually transferable skills that will be of use and benefit in other roles in other industries.
Components of fresh approach
The AELP framework, which is based on soundings taken with training providers and awarding bodies, sets out an approach which covers:
Funding will be necessary for initial assessment, required delivery and final credentialing/accreditation along with any other support through to interview and employment. Ideally, these are consistently and adequately funded across all programmes with an appropriate proportion of outcome funding depending on the nature of the individual.
AELP CEO Mark Dawe said:
“We don’t think that there is time for new employment and skills programmes to be devised when we are plunging into what could be the worst recession in living memory. But a sophisticated new approach is needed to maximise the economic impact from existing programmes and get as many unemployed people back into work as quickly as possible.
“This means central government departments such as BEIS, DfE and DWP working together closely with devolved authorities and education and employment providers in a way that avoids a hit and miss approach and which enables targeted support to reach priority sectors and individuals who need support. Cooperation between Whitehall departments during previous downturns has a chequered history and we can’t afford to repeat mistakes in these unprecedented circumstances.
“The AELP proposed framework has been submitted to government as a starting point for discussion and we are inviting stakeholders to get involved to move it forward.”
Depending on the roles and opportunities that are becoming available across different sectors, there will be different skills needs, requiring a skills matrix. Those that find themselves in need of a role are likely to have a mix of these skills already. We have categorised these skills as follows:
Link to The Covid-19 Employment Challenge - Employment, Re-Employment and Upskilling - AELP Framework: HERE
Contact Aidan Relf on 07710 305182
AELP’s 800 provider members train 7 out of 10 apprentices in England and also deliver other employability and skills programmes (https://www.aelp.org.uk/).