Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Press release – 22 January 2017

 

Responding to the Downing Street press release in advance of the publication of the government’s Industrial Strategy green paper on 23 January, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said:

‘It’s very encouraging that the government sees technical education and skills as such a key component of its industrial strategy and we are pleased that while the number of apprenticeships has grown significantly over the last five years, ministers recognise that more needs to be done to drive the take-up among young people of the high quality opportunities which the apprenticeship programme offers.

‘Independent training providers with their expertise and experience are ready to take the lead or be active partners in the establishment of each of the new Institutes of Technology and we look forward to working with the LEPs in advancing the government’s plans. Our training provider members work with 350,000 employers and so the links to make quick progress happen already exist. We can avoid wasting time and reinventing the wheel if the plans tap into this vast resource. Buildings are really important focal points, but we must not forget that some of the best training and development is in the workplace and not the workshop, and the Industrial Strategy must keep this at the forefront. This is about being world leaders in the development of skills with our outstanding employers in an innovative and flexible 21st century way when considering technology and resources, training and development across our workforce.

‘AELP looks forward to seeing more details about the promised FE maintenance loans. As a further underpinning of the social mobility agenda, the government should also make these available for higher level apprenticeships.’

 

ENDS

 

Contact Aidan Relf on 07710 305182

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