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By AELP Association of Employment and Learning Providers
June 2nd 2014

‘More integration needed between skills and jobs programmes and no more separate initiatives’, says AELP

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May 28th 2014

Adult learner Ellis Gardiner named regional winner at the Adult Learners’ Week Awards

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By AELP Association of Employment and Learning Providers
June 2nd 2014

‘More integration needed between skills and jobs programmes and no more separate initiatives’, says AELP

‘More integration needed between skills and jobs programmes and no  more separate initiatives’, says AELP

To drive the growth in the economy and to ensure everyone can benefit from it, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has called for much more integrated policies that put skills development and support for those who are unemployed at the centre of the pre-electionpolicy debate.

Sustained investment in programmes that work will also be the key to growth.

AELP training providers work across a wide range of programmes but success depends on effective providers responding to the needs of employers and learners. This is a continuing theme throughout the AELP national conference starting today (Monday).

Providers are the organisations working locally that make sense of the different initiatives by integrating programmes and making sense of them for their customers. But AELP says in its updated Manifesto, published at the conference, that in tackling youth unemployment, there must be more government integration of programmes and more flexibility allowed in delivery.

Training providers continue to make effective links between programmes managed by DWP, DfE and BIS such as Work Programme, support for Troubled Families, Work Choice, Traineeships and Apprenticeships. The call is for more integration, more flexibility and no more separate initiatives.

Employment and skills ministers at the AELP national conference Employment minister, Esther McVey, and skills minister, Matthew Hancock, will be addressing the AELP conference today while Labour’s post-election plans for skills will be set out by Liam Byrne tomorrow.

Chaired by broadcaster and former political editor Cathy Newman, the event is sponsored by OCR, a leading UK awarding organisation.

The conference will review a number of issues such as careers information for young people, the development of Traineeships and Apprenticeship reforms. AELP has made a number of recommendations that build on the success of the current Apprenticeship programme and address the danger in the proposed reforms of ‘throwing the baby out with the bathwater’.

AELP supports the need to engage more employers in the Apprenticeship programme and for higher standards in its delivery. But the trade body has been told by its members’ own employer customers that the proposed reforms may lead to many businesses walking away from the programme when the Prime Minister is committed to young people having a choice between going to university and starting an apprenticeship.

‘Give employers a choice over Apprenticeship funding’ AELP calls on ministers to give employers a choice on how they wish to be funded for offering apprenticeships. This means businesses being able to retain existingarrangements where their chosen provider receives the government’s financial contribution towards the training instead of the employer.

Providers point out that the existing system has been responsible for apprenticeship starts doubling to over 500,000 a year in less than a decade while programme completion rates have risen consistently during the same period.

AELP chief executive, Stewart Segal, said:

“The conference is a great opportunity to hear the views of training providers and their employers about the impact of the Apprenticeship changes. Many employers have expressed real concerns about some elements of the reforms and we hope this will be an opportunity to explore solutions. We have already recommended radical approaches which are based on giving employers real choices.”

The conference will host a debate on the Apprenticeship reforms on Tuesday when Jason Holt of the Holts jewellery group and author of the original government review will offer his views on how the reform proposals have developed.

Need to improve careers advice in schools

The event will also hear from Graham Stuart, the chair of the Commons education select committee, on the real concerns about the quality of careers advice offered to pupils in England’s schools.

Stewart Segal said:

“As the economy begins to grow, we have to keep the focus on employment and skills. People with low skills need support to ensure they can be part of the drive for growth and Traineeships and Apprenticeships will be vital to delivering the higher skills we need to sustain that growth. Training providers will be a key part of that solution. Skills and employment providers engage with employers across the country on a daily basis and the AELP national conference will illustrate why we are in a position to put forward positive policy recommendations which will benefit both individuals and employers.”

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By National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)
May 28th 2014

Adult learner Ellis Gardiner named regional winner at the Adult Learners’ Week Awards

Ellis Gardiner, 59, from South Shields embarked on IT courses after being unemployed for almost a year, and gained the skills and the confidence he needed to start his own recruitment company. Ellis’s remarkable achievement is being recognised with a Senior Learner Regional Award in the North...

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By Learning at Work Week
May 14th 2014

First Job Competition

Whether it was a match made in heaven or tough love, you never forget your first job. Now’s your chance to win some great prizes by telling us what your first job taught you. Enter the competition! What could you win? Each First Job Competition entry will be placed into...

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By BBC News Business
April 28th 2014

Help to Work: New unemployment rules in force

Long-term unemployed people will have their benefits cut unless they visit a Job Centre every day, work for free or undertake training, under new rules which have now come into effect. Read the full article here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27177767  

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By Rebecca Horsley
April 24th 2014

Apprenticeships vs. Traineeships

This article was originally puc¡blished at Apprentice Eye. Struggling to decide between starting an apprenticeship or traineeship? Or would you just like to know the difference between the two We have listed a few points below to bear in mind if you are wondering what to do when you...

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