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ALP's Graham Hoyle on the learner loans impact

FE News meets up with ALP chief executive Graham Hoyle. Covering the new learner loans, Mr Hoyle offers his insight on what they could mean to learners, Government-funded training providers and colleges.Click on the image below to hear what he has to say:

ALP's Graham Hoyle discusses new Skills Strategy

Association of Learning Providers (ALP) chief executive Graham Hoyle discusses the Skills Strategy White Paper.Click on the image below to hear Mr Hoyle's response and how the new strategy impacts independent training providers.

Nick Boles AELP speech on productivity, budget and ensuring value

ALP's Paul Warner on merging Welfare to Work with Skills

Paul Warner, of the Association of Learning Providers (ALP), discusses how Welfare to Work and Skills are moving ever closer together. According to Mr Warner, providers of Skills must not just see this as a source of additional delivery of Welfare to Work clients, but start to think about how their Skills training and delivery can convert into positive work outcomes for learners.Click on the image below to see what exciting opportunities are available:

Graham Hoyle needs your help with Course Labelling

Association of Learning Providers (ALP) CEO Graham Hoyle gives us the latest update on Course Labelling. The team working on Course Labelling has decided that it needs a different title, and Graham would like your help.Course Labelling has two main purposes. It is consumer info, enabling the learner to make an informed choice as to what learning and training is going to be delivered on the course. It also provides a marketing tool for colleges and training providers to show what their portfolio is, and how well they are delivering this. There is a lot of research being carried out to see what learners want out of Course Labelling, rather than what we think they want. So, what is the most appropriate title for Course Labelling? Click the video below to see the latest developments and how you can get involved:  

Graham Hoyle discusses upcoming ALP seminars on SFA Minimum Contract Levels

Graham Hoyle, CEO of the Association of Learning Providers, discusses Minimum Contract Levels for Skills Funding Agency (SFA) contracts. The SFA is about to roll out a £250,000 minimum level for its contracts, which will bring huge opportunities for training providers and colleges.  There have also been indications that the widely regarded £250,000 SFA minimum contract limit, may be increased to as much as £500,000 or £1 Million, which will bring huge change within the sector. The SFA's Minimum Contract Levels will encourage providers to develop consortia, sub-contracting arrangements with other Training Providers or Colleges. ALP will also discuss if a Managing Agent approach will be possible for the roll out of the new funding arrangements next year .    As these massive changes are about to be rolled out by the SFA, the ALP is about to run a series of seminars for Training Providers and Colleges to share best practice and provide assistance with the new Minimum Contract Level requirements for the SFA contracts. Mr Hoyle explains what is going to be covered in the seminars and why the SFA's Minimum Contract Levels are going to have such a massive impact on the FE and Skills sector. 

ALP's Paul Warner discusses the plans to integrate skills into employability programmes

Paul Warner, director of employment and skills at the Association of Learning Providers (ALP), reflects on DWP announcements to integrate skills into an employability programme.However, Mr Warner adds that there is still a lot of uncertainty over how this new approach will be implemented.

ALP's Paul Warner discusses Functional Skills

ALP's Paul Warner discusses Functional and Key Skills delivery with FE News. Fresh after Skills Minister John Hayes announced that he will be extending the delivery date of Functional Skills to March 2011, Mr Warner gives his view on the announcement and the roll out of Key Skills and Functional Skills across the sector.

ALP CEO Graham Hoyle discusses a single unified approach for government

Association of Learning Providers (ALP) CEO Graham Hoyle discusses the need for joined up and flexible thinking in learner delivery, with a single unified approach. Mr Hoyle asks the three Government Departments to have a joint strategy for engaging learners. He also asks for DWP, SFA and YPLA to work together more closely to enable providers to engage more learners.

Graham Hoyle on ALP's annual conference 2010

Association of Learning Providers (ALP) chief executive Graham Hoyle explains why it is a great idea to attend their upcoming Forum for Employment and Skills conference in July 2010. FE News is the main media sponsor of the event, which will include speakers such as John Hayes MP, the new Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong learning. It will also be the first joint public attendance of Geoff Russell, of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), and the Young People’s Learning Agency's (YPLA) Peter Lauener.

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