Briefing Paper 63: Adult Education Budget - Approach to Commissioning

Date published: 21.06.2019

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AELP has published this discussion paper following the devolution of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) which has resulted in major changes to the way in which the AEB is being allocated and procured across England. This has led to unintended consequences, particularly for Independent Training Providers (ITPs) where there is now a risk that flexible, high quality and specialist adult education and skills provision may be removed from areas. AELP welcomes the move to devolved responsibility for

Briefing Paper 64: AEB Paper - The Value of Independent Training Providers

Date published: 21.06.2019

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AELP supports all AEB provision, whether it is set in colleges, community centres or taken to businesses. This briefing paper seeks to raise awareness and emphasises the role that Independent Training Providers (ITPs) play in the overall skills delivery system across England which is often overlooked. For 2017/18 ITPs directly delivered £249,266,308 of the AEB, with a vast amount more under subcontracting arrangements. It should be noted that ITP’s direct delivery of AEB has been low due to

Briefing Paper: 62 Apprenticeship Levy Briefing for Local Authorities (LA), Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) & Schools

Date published: 04.02.2019

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The Apprenticeship Levy – What it is and who pays it? • Only 2% of employers in England will be paying the Apprenticeship Levy from April 2017. This equates to around 22,000 employers and covers circa 75% of the current workforce in England. • 50% of the employers paying into the Apprenticeship Levy have never previously engaged in Apprenticeships before. No employers are exempt from the Apprenticeship Levy; this includes the Public Sector and the Voluntary Sector.

Briefing Paper: 61 AELP Sector Headlines

Date published: 21.11.2018

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Briefing Paper 60: The 4 C’s - The areas of challenge for delivering EPA

Date published: 14.11.2018

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In discussions with our members, it is clear that the reality of delivering End Point Assessment (EPA) is starting to bite with both EPA organisations (EPAOs) and providers. Currently volumes are low and resource can be thrown at resolving issues – however this is not sustainable and following our discussions, we have listed the main areas that AELP members believe need resolving using four “C” headings

Briefing Paper 59: House of Commons Education Committee Report: The apprenticeships ladder of opportunity: quality not quantity

Date published: 10.10.2018

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The following document provides a summary of the recommendations from the House of Commons Education Committee Report: The apprenticeship ladder of opportunity: quality not quantity, published on the 8th October 2018. The recommendations in the Education Committee’s report, expertly steered by their chair Robert Halfon, are to be warmly welcomed and the government should waste no time in implementing all of them.

Briefing Paper 58: The Baker Clause: Best Practice Guidance for Schools, Providers and Learners

Date published: 19.09.2018

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AELP and ASCL in partnership have published this briefing paper providing an overview of the Baker Clause, its implications on stakeholders and guidance that supports navigating the further education sector. This paper is beneficial to schools, providers, young learners and their parents/carers.

Briefing Paper 57: Benefit rules acting as a barrier to training

Date published: 29.08.2018

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This short note provides an insight into how current benefit rules act as a barrier to the take-up apprenticeships and traineeships. AELP calls in particular on the government to amend the rules on child benefit which deter young people taking up the offer of a place on an apprenticeship programme.

Briefing Paper 56: Tackling the Growing Barriers to Traineeship Success- July 2018

Date published: 12.07.2018

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This paper provides background information to Traineeships, presenting useful statistics which paints a dismal picture of the current landscape as well as feedback from our Traineeships event in Parliament, followed up by a meeting with Government officials to voice member’s concerns. Ultimately QAR was raised as a key barrier to increased Traineeship participation by our members and despite several years of lobbying, Officials have yet to reverse this decision.

Briefing Paper: 55 AELP Sector Headlines - May edition

Date published: 11.06.2018

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Key facts and figures about the sector: national apprenticeships, adult participation, unemployment and so on. AELP members can view Sector Headlines for May here.

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