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Area Reviews

The government announced its intention to carry out systematic Area Reviews of post-16 College provision during 2015. Each area review aims to establish a set of institutions that are “financially resilient and able to offer high quality education and training based on the needs of learners and employers within the local area”. Independent Training Providers may opt to be formally included in each Area Review, but the focus is on Colleges, and recommendations are likely to impact mainly on College provision. Wave 1 of the Reviews began in the autumn of 2015 and is due to report in Spring 2016.

English Devolution

Since 2010, both the Coalition and Conservative governments have signalled their intention to ‘devolve’ a great many public services away from Westminster control. Devolution of skills policy featured in the debate from an early stage – Lord Heseltine’s report No Stone Unturned in 2012 proposed the creation of a single local growth fund, from which local areas would be able to fund a vast range of provision, from transport to skills.  As the national trade association for learning and employment providers, AELP will be maintaining a close focus on the detail of devolution policy as it progresses. This current project page will bring together official policy papers, documents and resources of interest to members and our policy lines as they take further shape.

Governance Development Programme

AELP is working with the Education and Training Foundation to design and deliver a governance development programme to support the continuous improvement in the governance and strategic leadership of commercial and charitable training organisations.

Study Programmes and Traineeships

AELP has published a series of Study Programme resources, to give providers the opportunity to learn from good practice case studies where organisations have shared their expertise and experience in delivering employability provision. It gives a policy overview and considers the implications of the reforms in terms of funding, curriculum design, staffing, employer engagement, recruitment, and information, advice and guidance.

The Future of Apprenticeships reforms in England

Responding to the Government’s proposed reforms to Apprenticeships in England, AELP have been collaborating with Trailblazer Employer Groups in development of the new Trailblazer Standards and the assessment methodology to ensure there is a consistent approach in the assessment of the new approved Apprenticeship Standards. Collaborating with national partners and the Skills Funding Agency to engage with all providers to enhance their awareness and to prepare their readiness for the new approach to Apprenticeships, coupled with the phasing out of the existing compliant frameworks (e.g. SASE); and the changes being introduced to the Apprenticeship funding system.

GCSE English/Maths qualifications and non GCSE qualifications

The provision of English and maths is central to the Government’s recent reforms to post-16 education and training, with a focus on those aged 16-19 achieving GCSE grades A*-C in these subjects. Potentially, this increase in emphasis on English and maths will have a significant impact on the further education (FE) sector, e.g. Apprenticeship delivery. High quality delivery of English and maths programmes is essential for learners and employers. AELP has been working with various agencies to make providers understand the changing environment and be able to adapt their delivery as appropriate.

Teach Too and Two-Way Street

‘Teach Too’ project is about encouraging personnel from industry to spend some time teaching their work. This includes industry professionals teaching in provider or workplace environments, and/or contributing to curriculum development, whilst continuing to work; promoting the practice of teachers and trainers updating their industry experience; helping to build the ‘two-way street’ – genuinely collaborative arrangements between employers and providers. Teach Too contributes to vocational education and training having a clear line of sight to work. AELP is working with the University College London, Institute of Education (UCL, IOE) to deliver the Teach Too programme, which has been commissioned and funded by the Education and Training Foundation

The ‘Two-Way Street’ programme is a real collaboration between FE colleges and training providers working together with engaged employers at every level in creating and delivering excellent vocational programmes. Two-way street collaboration is based on the recognition that there is added value and distinctive contributions in working together. The partnerships, located across England, will develop innovative new projects to explore workforce development opportunities as identified and implemented by the Leadership Exchange; to provide evidence of leadership development and identify contributions to meet Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) local strategic priorities.

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and AELP have been commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to establish nine partnerships to identify effective two-way street leadership practice.