AELP calls for more apprenticeships post election

The AELP has published its manifesto for the forthcoming election and has placed apprenticeships at the heart of its wishlist.

The Association says that whichever party assumes must make it a priority to deliver more skills training. AELP chief executive Mark Dawe said “Major increases in the number of apprenticeships and continued improvements in the quality of their delivery can happen at the same time.  More starts doesn’t mean poorer quality if employers and providers can work closely with the new Institute for Apprenticeships on a measured approach to new standards and assessment in the programme.

‘4m apprenticeships’

The manifesto also focuses on other recommendations for government-funded employment and skills programmes which respond to the skills and migratory control challenges that Brexit may pose.

AELP is seeking commitment from a new government over the next Parliament to:

  1. Deliver 4 million quality Apprenticeship starts
  2. Retain the recently launched Apprenticeship Levy with its proceeds being used to fund Apprenticeships only
  3. A firm long term commitment to Apprenticeships being available at levels 2 and 3 to support social
  4. mobility
  5. Guaranteed funding of at least £1bn a year for non-levy paying SMEs for their Apprenticeship needs
  6. Ensure that the whole Apprenticeship system is underpinned by quality but allows innovation and
  7. evolution and is backed up by rigorous end assessment to ensure that national standards are achieved by all
  8. A fully demand-led skills funding system, driven by and reflecting the needs of employers and learners
  9. Traineeships and employment programmes that reduce the benefits bill and create opportunities for people of all ages
  10. Good applied English, Maths and Digital Skills across learners of all ages and ending the failed GCSE resits policy
  11. Embracing the expertise and experience of independent training providers in the implementation of the Technical and Professional Education reforms
  12. Suspension of current Adult Education Budget procurement until ready to re-procure the entire £1.5bn budget to avoid disruption and deliver consistency.