The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) have welcomed the Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2020/21 which confirms that over 80% of Independent Training Providers (ITPs) are rated good or outstanding.
The report – published by Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman - covers the last academic year (up until 31 August 2021) for all provision from early years to FE. In her report, HM Chief Inspector praised FE leaders including AELP and regional networks, stating they offered an "invaluable source of support, practical advice and guidance".
HMCI’s report also identified that apprenticeships linked to sectors hardest hit by the pandemic, for example retail, customer service, childcare and health and social care, were most likely to be impacted negatively over the last year.
Many learners had not returned from furlough or were taking a break from learning. Others had delayed completing their end-point assessment (EPA) as increased due to work demand meaning they couldn’t focus on their apprenticeship. Furthermore, some EPAs were cancelled, which have led to a sizeable backlog in the system. Ofsted’s report produces further evidence that ensuring the long-term sustainability of the apprenticeship system by extended cash incentives for employers beyond January 2022.
Paul Warner, AELP Director of Strategy and Business Development, said:
“We welcome HM Chief Inspector’s annual report which shows that Independent Training Providers continue to provide an excellent environment for adult learners. We are pleased that it recognises the role that AELP plays in supporting our members and the wider FE sector. However, the pandemic has put a significant strain on the apprenticeship system and it is vital that the cash incentives for employers is extended beyond January.”
AELP holds its annual ‘A Day With Ofsted’ on Monday 17th January 2022. The event provides an overview of the Chief Inspector's Annual Report delivered by Paul Joyce, HMI, Deputy Director for Further Education and Skills, followed by a range of informative sessions from respected and recognisable specialist advisors Richard Beynon, Senior HMI, Richard Pemble, HMI and Peter Nelson, HMI. Places can be booked at: https://www.aelp.org.uk/events/events/january-2022/a-day-with-ofsted-2021-book-now/