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The Association of Learning Providers has urged ministers to consider a significant re-design of the Government's Train to Gain skills programme to increase the number of employers signing up for the package.

Although more than 50,000 employers have signed up to the training service, exceeding the LSC's original targets, the ALP believe employers response could be greater if changes were made to the programme.

ALP has floated a number of proposals for discussion that could turn Train to Gain into a programme that measures up as a key component of the truly demand-led skills strategy envisaged under the Leitch recommendations. These include:

i. Promoting a clearer message on how government funding can support employers" business strategies: This includes sorting out policy inconsistencies whereby firms are told that they must contribute financially to the costs of a full Apprenticeship but not to other free NVQ level 2/3 offerings within the Train to Gain programme.

ii. Relaxing the over-restrictive focus on workers achieving a first level 2 qualification: The programme's re-design should better accommodate increasing demand for equipping employees with basic skills under the Skills for Life banner and accommodating pre-level 2 qualifications for other unqualified workers.

iii. Recognising that employees" previous qualifications may not suit the modern workplace: The current inability to offer financial support to any individual who already has a level 2 qualification, especially if it is obsolete, is not working and is adversely affecting the potential of Train to Gain to make a real difference to skills in the economy.

iv. Introducing part or top-up funding to turn part-qualifications into full ones: Train to Gain's inability to fund part qualifications (often separate units that have been available for many years) or parts of a full framework is leaving large sections of the population part-qualified and affecting their employability.

v. Allowing training providers to be more responsive to real-time market demand: Within a financially capped plan for each provider, providers should be able to mix up their delivery of elements within the programme according to the current demand that they are getting from local employers. The system should also allow every four or six months funding to be moved rapidly between providers to meet more effectively demand that has been clearly identified.

vi. Abandoning "crude" numerical qualification targets: By evaluating performance against a list of desired outcomes such as increased productivity and profitability, regular surveys of employers and individual learners would provide a more effective tracking of the impact that Train to Gain has made on customers.

vii. Forging closer links between Train to Gain and programmes for the non-employed: Consistent with the Leitch recommendations, ways should be found of using "training/work preparation/work trialling" budgets from the Department for Work and Pensions within the Train to Gain umbrella to help more people to find sustainable employment.

Graham Hoyle, ALP's chief executive, said: "The concept of Train to Gain is sound, but its design is clearly flawed which means that the programme is some way off working to its optimum potential. Our discussion paper is aimed at stimulating a high-level debate which will hopefully lead to significant improvements to this increasingly important programme."

The ALP discussion paper has already been placed on the agendas of meetings with the DIUS and LSC over the coming weeks. It will also be debated at the Association's autumn conference on 30/31 October at Newbury racecourse, where new skills minister David Lammy will be the keynote speaker.


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Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

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Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

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FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

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We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

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FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

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The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

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