Articles from Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

Improving Outcomes for Level 2 Apprentices

Transitioning to Level 3 Advanced ApprenticeshipsWhen going into battle for apprenticeships in policymaking circles, a regular riposte which comes back is that not enough successful Level 2 apprentices go on to another apprenticeship programme at a higher level.

Party conferences must focus on social mobility


#Levy shortage starving small firms of #apprenticeships poses early test for Johnson campaign pledge

Small and medium sized businesses across the country are being prevented from offering new apprenticeships because the levy which funds the government’s flagship skills programme is running short of cash.

Subcontracting: Time for the sector to step forward and take a lead

In the previous article I wrote for FE News on End point assessment: Why the IfA needs to get a grip I signed off with the comment “A new year, but a heap more challenges to look forward to….” and unsurprisingly those challenges keep coming thick and fast. Since the start of January the plethora of emails and calls we’ve had through from our members have mainly related to one topic: subcontracting.

Inaction on EPA further risks the reputation of #Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship training providers and end point assessment organisations have called on the government to stop further risking the reputation of apprenticeships as part of the troubled levy reforms.

Coming to America – 5 million apprenticeships by 2020?

The USA is famously referred to as ‘the land of opportunity’, but is that true for UK providers? Earlier this month a trade mission of 15 delegates visited Washington DC, a trip organised by Frankin Apprenticeships and made up mainly of AELP members. At AELP we have seen a growing interest in our International Special Interest Group with an expanding number of members interested in overseas markets.

Party conferences diary – social mobility or social justice, we want it

As a south London boy but not quite with the ‘grime’ accent to match, I had to mind my h’s during the party conference season. At Labour, it was okay to refer to social equality or mobility but some eyebrows were raised if I referred to equality at the Conservatives. Social justice put me on safer ground in Manchester and I’ll have my old bottle of Tippex ready according to where I send further copies of AELP’s recent submission on social mobility/equality/justice.

Top-end apprenticeships should no longer be levy funded to stop levy going into the red

Apprenticeship training providers have called for the radical step of removing the highest and degree level apprenticeships from the scope of levy funding in order to relieve growing pressures on the levy.

We mustn’t restrict employer choice with the latest non-levy procurement

The new invitation to tender (ITT) for non-levy apprenticeship allocations is a major improvement on last year’s procurement exercise with one significant caveat.  It is really fantastic that the new skills minister, Anne Milton, has listened to AELP and its members in coming forward with a solution that should with one change strike the right balance between stability of provision, promoting competition and offering choice for employers.

To make the apprenticeship programme sustainable SME employers need a separate budget

The National Audit Office (NAO) is right to identify the long-term financial sustainability of the apprenticeship programme as a key issue that the government must address.

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