Budget cuts will put more pressure on the Further Education and skills sector, says AELP

Budget cuts announced in the Spending Review will create more budget pressure on the Further Education and skills sector, it has been reported.

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has responded to the Spending Review, and welcomes news that more apprenticeship support will be available, including further investment in 2015/16. There will also be a chance to build on the success of the current apprenticeship programme, as the review encourages more discussion into long term reforms and a further review of the Richard proposals.

Additionally, it was announced that traineeships will be extended to people aged 19-24 and since they will play a large part in the success of the apprenticeship scheme, AELP welcomed this decision.

Stewart Segal AELP Chief Executive-designate said: “Continuing cuts in budgets will inevitably put pressure on funding and eligibility.  However the commitment to the Apprenticeship programme and Traineeships means that the limited budgets will be focused on where the investment can have most impact.  Any changes to the Apprenticeship programme need to build on this success so that we do not disrupt the investment that employers and providers are already making to drive quality delivery.

“Clearly we will need to see more details of the changes as they emerge but in the short term we know the focus has to be on making sure the new Traineeship programme is launched effectively and the continuing review of Apprenticeships builds on the momentum we have seen in the last couple of years.”