Briefing Paper 69: FE Reform White Paper and the Importance of Independent Training Providers in Further Education
Date published: 23.11.2020
With the reform of further education (FE) and the associated white paper, the Government has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to galvanise the FE landscape. AELP strongly encourages the Government to be bold and avoid a narrow focus on just addressing the challenges faced with FE colleges. Without a doubt, FE colleges play an important role as part of the FE ecosystem, but the Government needs to recognise the whole range of providers in the system and play on their individual strengths ...
Briefing Paper 68: Measuring impact - Key principles for setting outcome measures.
Date published: 11.02.2020
The devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) went live on 1st August 2019 and now some of the devolved areas have started to explore how they go about assessing the impact of devolved AEB delivery. It is important not to lose sight of the fact that the sector is operating against a backdrop of a reduction in AEB and other adult facing vocational skills budgets which have been under pressure for some time. This inevitably means there will always be a set of issues around priority groups and
Briefing Paper 67: AELP’s proposed position on wider skills devolution
Date published: 17.12.2019
The devolution agenda is becoming broader and we are seeing devolved areas and other regions across England pushing for more and more of a ‘place-based’ approach with increased devolved powers. The M9 Group1 of directly elected regional Mayors in England met in October 2019 to discuss: • the positive impact devolution is having across the regions they represent • the next steps they should seek to take to Government to strengthen devolved powers • the need for a framework for devolution, setting
Briefing Paper 66: Policy Lines – 2019 and Beyond Apprenticeships
Date published: 20.09.2019
Briefing Paper 65: Policy Lines – 2019 and Beyond Routes into Apprenticeships
Date published: 19.09.2019
Briefing Paper 64: AEB Paper - The Value of Independent Training Providers
Date published: 22.06.2019
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 63: Adult Education Budget - Approach to Commissioning
Date published: 21.06.2019
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: 62 Apprenticeship Levy Briefing for Local Authorities (LA), Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) & Schools
Date published: 04.02.2019
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
Briefing Paper 60: The 4 C’s - The areas of challenge for delivering EPA
Date published: 14.11.2018
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
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
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
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
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
Key facts and figures about the sector: national apprenticeships, adult participation, unemployment and so on. AELP members can view Sector Headlines for May here.