• IfA rejects level 2 business admin apprenticeship leaving employers ‘disappointed’ and ‘upset’

    A proposal to create a level 2 business support apprenticeship has been rejected outright by the government, with officials claiming the standard is “not viable”, FE Week can reveal. In a move that has “disappointed” sector leaders, the Institute for Apprenticeships’ deputy director of approvals, Ana Osbourne, has written the trailblazer lead for the wished-for

    16.39 Jun. 28th, 2019 | News

  • There is no point ignoring the looming overspend - employer apprenticeship levy usage needs to be restricted

    At the AELP annual conference this week the skills minister, Anne Milton, outlined options being considered to restrict employer usage of their apprenticeship levy. Given the fall in starts since the apprenticeship reforms began in May 2017, you would be forgiven for wondering why the government would be looking at restricting employer demand. Any new

    9.30 Jun. 28th, 2019 | Opinion

  • DfE's double standards over level 2 business admin apprenticeship

    The Department for Education has been accused of double standards after it launched a recruitment drive for level 2 business administration apprentices on frameworks while refusing to approve an equivalent standard. Old-style apprenticeship frameworks will be fully switched off next year and replaced with standards, which the government constantly lauds as being of “higher quality”.

    11.00 May. 24th, 2019 | News

  • Universities and training providers clash on apprenticeship priorities

    It is “entirely unacceptable” to expect public sector employers to subsidise low-level apprenticeships for chefs and hairdressers, a university membership organisation has said, calling on government to better support levels 6 and 7 instead. Adrian Anderson, chief executive of University Vocational Awards Council, the body that represents over 90 universities delivering apprenticeships, said the decline

    11.00 Apr. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Blow your own trumpet and shake off your victim mentality, providers told

    FE providers have been urged to “blow their own trumpet more” after research found they have developed a “victim mentality” because they have been “unfairly blamed for deficiencies in a highly complicated system”. A study, conducted by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), found that

    11.00 Mar. 29th, 2019 | News

  • Employers having control over UK skills policy is ‘rhetoric, not reality’

    The government should move away from its “unhelpful” mantra of “employers in the driving seat” in UK skills policy because this is “more rhetoric than reality”, new research has suggested. The phrase was coined with regard to further education in the latter years of the Coalition government – 2010-2015. However, the study has found that

    11.08 Mar. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • AELP appoints a devolution director to represent independent training providers

    The “real fear” that independent training providers wouldn’t get “representation around the table” in adult education budget devolution has prompted the Association of Employment and Learning Providers to appoint its first devolution director. Harminder Matharu takes up her post on December 19, just two days before bids are due in the Greater London Authority’s tender

    11.00 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News

  • AELP calls for March 2020 end to non-levy transition period

    Any transition period for moving small employers onto the apprenticeship service should only last until March 2020 to avoid another “unnecessary procurement exercise”, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers has said. It’s one of a number of proposals the AELP has put forward for the non-levy transition period and creating a sustainable apprenticeship system,

    0.01 Sep. 21st, 2018 | News

  • Massive subcontracting top-slices finally revealed

    Subcontracting top-slices exceeded £100 million last year, and 28 per cent of prime providers were charging more than 20 percent, FE Week can reveal. The long-overdue subcontracting figures for 2016/17 have finally been published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. FE Week’s analysis of the data has shown that just under a third of

    10.08 Jul. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Baker clause: providers asked for their experiences

    Providers are being asked for their experiences of the controversial Baker clause, amid signs that schools are failing in their legal duty to open their doors to the FE sector. The survey, conducted by the AELP at the request of the Department for Education, asks providers about the impact of the legislation, which came into

    14.11 Jun. 5th, 2018 | News

  • 95% of apprenticeships agreed at full cap price, despite negotiation 'experiment'

    The government should drop its “experiment” with negotiated apprenticeship prices, after it emerged that almost every single one is currently being agreed at full cost, the boss of the Association and Learning Providers has said.   Mark Dawe wants “fixed pricing” for all apprenticeships, both for the new employer-designed standards and for the older frameworks. Every

    18.04 Mar. 12th, 2018 | News