AELP is very pleased to confirm and welcome the following organisations as AELP Patrons.  For further information on each AELP Patron please click the logo below.

If you are interested in becoming an AELP Patron, please contact AELP Membership Team on telephone number 0117 947 2090 or by email at [email protected] for further assistance.

Details of our patron scheme

FE Associates

FE Associates is the UK’s most progressive further education and skills specialist, dedicated to offering expert insight, collaboration and guidance from an unrivalled network of sector-leading experts.

With over 15 years of specialist sector intelligence we understand the challenges and issues faced by further education and skills providers throughout the UK.

Our services are designed to meet the ever changing needs of the further education and skills sector and include:

•    Recruitment services – interim and permanent leadership and management solutions
•    Consultancy and change management services
•    Quality improvement solutions
•    People Development


At Pearson, we take learning personally. We are the world’s leading learning company, providing education and assessment services in over 80 countries. In the UK, names like Edexcel, EDI, Longman, Heinemann, and BTEC combine 150 years of experience with resources, technology and expertise that support every learner.

We offer the largest selection of work-based learning related qualifications to employers and learning providers in the UK. Our BTEC Apprenticeships are a fully-integrated solution and are supported by an extensive range of resources, including sector-specific BTEC Apprenticeship Delivery Guides and Assessment Workbooks.

Bircham Dyson Bell

Bircham Dyson Bell is a law firm based in Westminster. We work closely with private and not-for-profit sector training and employment services organisations as well as awarding bodies. Our advice covers governance and boardroom issues, all types of corporate and commercial advice, employment and HR advice, intellectual property advice, litigation assistance and procurement advice. We also facilitate key business introductions, connecting clients with each other as well as with other departments across the firm.

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Chartered Management Institute

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI} is the only chartered professional body for management and leadership.

With a member community of more than 136,000 managers and leaders, we promote high standards of ethical practice through our Professional Code of Conduct, and help managers to build their expertise through access to the latest management thinking, online networks, regional events and mentoring opportunities.

Our professional management qualifications span GCSE to PhD equivalents, including the unique Chartered Manager award. We have been registered as an apprentice assessment organisation by the Skills Funding Agency.

Learning Curve Group

Learning Curve Group provides a range of services that support the delivery of key objectives around loans, levy and localism. These include:
•    High quality trusted subcontracted activity for AEB funded provision. In 2014/15 they:
o    Delivered over 49,000 qualifications via 47 subcontracts with Primes
o    Achieved a 95% success rate
o    Focused on local priorities
•    Learning content and awarding body approved assessments for popular AEB and loan funded qualifications
•    Recruitment of assessors and verifiers
•    Support with employer engagement strategies
•    An online reporting platform that can monitor progression of adult learners

Lifetime Training

Lifetime Training offers a wide choice of solutions to our customers ranging from assessment of training and development needs for large organisations to course advice and industry recognised qualifications for individual learners. We work with the government to provide nationally recognised apprenticeships and deliver NVQ programmes within fitness, leisure, care, sales and hospitality.

We also deliver bespoke programmes to meet the specific needs of our corporate employer partners. We work with SME’s and major brands including: Hilton Worldwide, Pizza Express, David Lloyd, Fitness First, BUPA, and HC One Care Homes.

The Babington Group

The Babington Group consists of three independent training providers: Babington Business College, Training for Today, and The National Centre for Strategic Leadership.

The Group delivers a variety of employer-led training, including traineeships and apprenticeships, as well as private courses in areas such as accounting and leadership and management.

Babington is proud of its high quality delivery, embracing technology to offer innovative solutions. Provision for accounting and finance received a grade 1 ‘outstanding’ in the latest Ofsted report, with Babington’s virtual learning environment being described as having “excellent finance and accounting learning materials that include pre-recorded lectures, interactive videos and a chat room facility for training advisors and apprentices. Learners use this well to develop independent learning skills.”

The Babington mission statement is “to inspire everyone to realise their full potential by providing training and opportunities to improve quality of life, and thereby create a better future.”


The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is Scotland’s internationally recognised accreditation and awarding body.

We help people realise their potential and achieve their ambitions by providing a wide range of high-quality, internationally recognised qualifications.

We work in partnership with schools, colleges, universities and industry to provide high quality, flexible and relevant qualifications and assessments. We strive to ensure that SQA qualifications are inclusive, accessible to all, provide clear progression pathways, facilitate lifelong learning and recognise candidate achievement. We are Ofqual recognised and offer a range of products and services across the UK.


NOCN is a leading credit-based Awarding Organisation that has been creating opportunities for students and learners for over 25 years. We’re trusted and recognised by learners, educational organisations and employers.

We have over 2,500 centres across the UK offering NOCN qualifications from our portfolio of nearly 400 qualifications These qualifications and units include apprenticeships, employability skills, construction, health and social care, hospitality and catering, warehousing, retail, trade unions, creative arts and design, Functional Skills, security, credit control, offender learning and ESOL.

Recognised by the Qualifications Regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we also work internationally.

Pellcomp Software Ltd

Pellcomp Software LTD are a leading supplier of Learner Management Systems to the skills training and employability sectors. Our PICS product is used by almost 500 organisations around the UK. We aim to deliver the best products and the best customer service without compromising our ethos of fairness and respect.

PICS will manage all of your government funded delivery and help track employer contracts and complex payment arrangements with employers and their levy accounts.

Contact [email protected] for further information.

Youth Employment UK

Youth Employment UK is the leading campaigning and membership organisation dedicated to tackling youth unemployment in the UK.

We now have a growing reach of 16-24 year olds who access our online platform. We also have a UK wide network of volunteer Youth Ambassadors who support the work we do. We have developed a unique Community Membership - where organisations can network together, access support and share their own best practice and opportunities. Organisations who join must be committed to working to the principles of being a “Youth Friendly Employer”.


NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards. These qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels; bring them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Last year alone, over 340,000 learners from 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.