Mark Dawe

  • Ofsted figures reveal it is the new private providers letting the sector down

    The drop in the percentage of training providers rate good by Ofsted is a direct consequence of the government’s sloppy approach to approving new providers, says Mark Dawe Now that the cat is out of the bag on the true state of levy funding, it is very useful to have Ofsted’s input on where the

    15.56 Dec. 4th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Functional skills is more relevant to the workplace than scraping a GCSE

    It is vital that functional skills count towards the 20 per cent of time required to be learning off the job within an apprenticeship programme, according to Mark Dawe There was no budging the secretary of state at the Conservative party conference on the issue of GCSE resits for English and maths, and you have

    5.00 Nov. 5th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Level 2 apprenticeships are vital for social justice

    The boss of the AELP wants the education select committee to help him get rid of the 20-per-cent off-the-job training rule hated by so many small ITPs The education committee’s inquiry this week into the quality of apprenticeships could not be more timely after the change at the top of the Department for Education. The

    5.00 Jan. 15th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Reverse the 20% off-the-job apprentice training rule

    The 20 per cent rule should be immediately reviewed as a universal requirement, suggests Mark Dawe AELP totally supports the drive to ensure high quality apprenticeships with proper progress in knowledge, skills and behaviour enabling progression from one level to the next. We just don’t believe that the off-the-job element of the programme should necessarily

    5.00 Jul. 17th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Apprenticeship starts, not completions, are the correct target

    Conservative manifesto pledge: Continue with the target of 3m apprenticeship starts by 2020 Mark Dawe argues FOR Fears over quality are misplaced: three million is a modest target, but the right one, claims Mark Dawe The Conservatives were right to retain their 2015 pledge of three million apprenticeship starts by 2020. Even without the subsequent

    5.00 Jun. 10th, 2017 | Opinion

  • The non-levy procurement pause will be “a slaughter of providers”

    Mark Dawe, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, calls for immediate government action to alleviate the pending “horror story” facing providers of apprenticeships with non-levy employers The day the non-levy procurement pause was announced, I remarked to colleagues how appropriate it was that it was Maundy Thursday – the day of

    19.45 Apr. 27th, 2017 | Opinion

  • I have made member feelings abundantly clear to the Agency’s leadership about the non-levy pause

    Statement to members, reproduced here with permission Although most of the feedback from members that I have received about yesterday’s ESFA announcement supports AELP’s initial response welcoming the paused non-levy procurement, I am acutely aware of the level of frustration at the latest turn of events and that not all providers are happy about it.  Last

    12.58 Apr. 13th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Ofqual should not have double standards

    One thing an assessment regulator should definitely not have is double standards; it undermines the core of their existence. We’ve just emerged from a lively FE week Annual Apprenticeship Conference with much debate and concern about the disruption that the current process will cause without providing any significant benefit to the employer, learner, quality or

    17.50 Mar. 27th, 2017 | Opinion

  • There are two levels of unfairness in FE

    Mark Dawe made his maiden speech as chief executive of AELP at last year’s Annual Apprenticeship Conference. One year on, he tackles a familiar question: are FE institutions treated fairly? My youngest of four children, the only girl, often retorts “What about me?” when I make the mistake of saying “come on, boys”. Given my

    15.00 Mar. 20th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Don’t abolish 16-18 apprenticeships!

    IPPR are wrong – employers do want to give 16-18-year-olds apprenticeships. The real problem is that schools won’t promote them and government won’t fund them, says Mark Dawe. A report has been published by an influential think tank that attempts to influence ministers based on a false premise: i.e. employers aren’t interested in offering 16-

    0.03 Nov. 10th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Bring standards and EPA development under control

    Funding isn’t the only big topic for debate in the apprenticeship reforms.  MPs on two Commons select committees have recently focused on the reform implications for the quality of the programme and at one of the evidence sessions, senior DfE officials were challenged by the National Audit Office on their presiding over a ‘blizzard’ of

    9.26 Nov. 1st, 2016 | Opinion