Articles from Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

The launch of the T level consultation

‘Government gets it right on work experience element of T levels but it must recognise level 2 attainment’

Threat to social mobility posed by government’s own apprenticeship reforms

The government is in serious danger of undermining its own social mobility agenda unless it acts quickly to address significant bias in its apprenticeship reform programme and provide a boost to the number of traineeships available to young people.   In a major policy submission published by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), training providers report that employers are reducing recruitment young apprentices aged under 19 and at lower rungs of the apprenticeship ladder before they can progress upwards.  In fact official government data revealed last week that only 15% of apprentices taken on since May of this year have been aged 16 to 18.    This is because the new levy funding system for apprenticeships has generated a perverse set of incentives which encourage employers to focus their programmes on adults and at management level instead.  But they also result in adults being given fewer opportunities in lower level apprenticeships to improve their skills.       The AELP paper says that people from disadvantaged backgrounds are let down by provision for improving their English and maths within an apprenticeship being funded at only half the classroom rate.   Many small businesses are resisting engagement in the apprenticeship programme since the new regime required them to make cash contributions towards the cost of the training and assessment, while employers of all sizes are frustrated with a new rule requiring that the off-the-job training within an apprenticeship must take up at least 20% of normal working hours.  These include NHS Trusts and commercial companies who say that they can’t afford to lose ‘productive’ workers for so long.   Despite positive comments from ministers and the Social Mobility Commission about its effectiveness, the government seems reluctant to commit the necessary funding to remove the shackles from the traineeship programme which places many young people often from the so-called NEET group in apprenticeships or sustainable employment.    AELP has therefore presented in its submission 14 issues that need to be addressed if the obstacles to social mobility are to be removed.

2017 should be the last year for compulsory English & Maths GCSE resits

Training leaders are urging ministers to abandon their procrastination over ending the GCSE resits policy for English and maths and to instead join leading employers in getting behind ‘applied’ Functional Skills as a fully recognised alternative.

AELP: ‘Apprenticeships aren’t only for other people’s children’

A former exam board boss, now a training leader, has urged parents of pupils about to receive their A level results not to put their children off from considering a high level or degree apprenticeship as an alternative to going to university.

Warwick research confirms government needs to act fast on sharply falling apprenticeship numbers

Conference delegates look forward to new minister’s response on Monday

Three-quarters of Apprenticeships still delivered by independent training providers

Moves away from subcontracting need to be ‘carefully managed’

AELP raise concerns over ESFA non-levy apprenticeship allocations

AELP letter to Education Secretary Justine Greening MP (27 April 2017)

More flexibility needed under ‘off the job’ apprenticeship training rules to meet needs of employers and apprentices

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has said that recent funding rule changes for off-the-job training in apprenticeships don’t go far enough in addressing the differing needs of employers and apprentices across various business sectors.

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