Articles from Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

AELP publishes its Review of Apprenticeship Standards and End Point Assessment to evidence concerns

Following AELP CEO Mark Dawe’s appearance before the Education Committee in the House of Commons on Tuesday, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers has decided to publish the evidence it gathered before publicly expressing serious concerns on the roll-out of the new standards and end point assessment (EPA) arrangements as a critical component of the apprenticeship reforms.

AELP withdraws from the governance of the Education and Training Foundation

The Board of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has decided that AELP should formally withdraw from the sector ownership of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and that AELP should give up its representation on the ETF Board with immediate effect.

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.

New best practice guidance for a relationship between a prime provider and subcontractor

Management fees charged by a prime FE or skills provider should not be more than 20% of the programme funding and will generally be much less.

End point assessment: Why the IfA needs to get a grip

What do providers really want from an end point assessment organisation?  Recently AELP surveyed a significant number of training providers with regard to what were they looking for in an end point assessment organisation (EPAO) and we were somewhat surprised to see that price didn’t feature as their number one priority.  In fact it didn’t feature at number two or even number three in what providers look for in an assessment partner.

Ministerial Reply on the Non-levy Apprenticeship ITT Outcome

AELP Members will be aware from AELP's Countdown and the sector press that following the outcome of the most recent non-levy ITT, AELP wrote to ministers calling for an urgent review.  In particular, we drew attention to the absurdity of high quality training providers being left without a contract despite ‘passing’ the tender because their contract value had been pro-rated down below the minimum £200,000 threshold.

Disadvantaged young people left again without apprenticeship opportunities after re-run of controversial government procurement

High quality training providers and colleges including charities have been denied the opportunity by the government to continue offering apprenticeship training to disadvantaged young people.

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’

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.

More flexibility needed in apprenticeship levy reforms to reverse poor start

Training leaders are calling on the government to urgently take forward the skills minister’s own acknowledgement that a more flexible approach is needed if the apprenticeship reforms are going to be the success they should be.  If the government is genuinely concerned about social mobility and productivity, then action needs to be taken.

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