The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is the leading trade association for vocational learning and employment providers in Britain. The majority of its 770 members are independent, private, not-for-profit and voluntary sector training and employment services organisations. Membership is open to any provider committed to quality provision and it includes over 40 FE colleges involved in work based learning. AELP members deliver over 70% of England’s 872,000 apprenticeships, and are also at the forefront of Work Programme, Traineeship and Study Programme delivery.
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.
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers has had a stream of providers get in touch over the last couple of weeks extremely worried about some of the interpretations being placed on ESFA funding rules for recognising prior learning and off-the-job training.