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Learning Rep e-magazine – Spring 2019
February 7, 2019

In the latest edition of the Learning Rep e-magazine, you will find the followinghttps://gallery.mailchimp.com/ebd004a8047907dc47d269fd1/images/725917be-d84f-4ebe-8126-0c17c574dc51.jpg

  • Getting fighting fit with the FBU
  • Innovating with the ULF
  • Learning behind the wheels
  • Boosting migrant wellbeing
  • Pay check for apprentices
  • Value My Skills goes digital

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A Robot Will Appear Before the Education Select Committee
October 14, 2018

A robot will appear before a select committee for what is believed to be the first time when Pepper answers questions from the Education Committee during a session on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the implications for education of developments in artificial intelligence

Pepper is part of an international research project developing the world’s first culturally aware robots aimed at assisting with care for older people. The Committee will hear about her work with students across the faculties at Middlesex University, including a project involving teaching primary level children, and what role increased automation and robotics might play in the workplace and classroom of the future.

After a demonstration by Pepper, the Committee will explore with witnesses, including those from Middlesex University, how robots can be used to support learning, and the skills needed to adapt to the growth in artificial intelligence and automation.

The Committee will first question a panel of experts on the suitability of the current school curriculum, the importance of re-skilling and lifelong learning and the effect of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on social justice. Read more

AELP Press Release
October 9, 2018

Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Press release – Monday 8 October 2018

Education Committee report on Apprenticeship

Government should adopt MPs’ recommendations on the apprenticeship reforms without delay

The recommendations in the Education Committee’s report, expertly steered by Robert Halfon MP, are to be warmly welcomed and the government should waste no time in implementing all of them, according to the Association of Employment and Learning Providers which represents providers that train 3 out of every 4 apprentices in England.

It is a pity that the excellent set of observations and recommendations may be overshadowed by media headlines of ‘poor quality training’, especially when Ofsted’s chief inspector has said herself that 80% of current apprentices are receiving good or outstanding training.  That said, every apprentice should be on at least a good programme and the Committee has hit the nail on the head when it identifies as a major issue the government’s letting into the apprenticeship market a mass of untested providers and assessors with few controls and limited monitoring. Read more

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 Date Announced
September 10, 2018

The date of the 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week – to take place in 2019 – has been announced and will run from 4 to 8 March 2019. 

This annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships will bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

Following the most successful National Apprenticeship Week ever that took place earlier this year, National Apprenticeship Week 2019 – which also coincides with National Careers Week – will look to involve more individuals, employers, partners and providers in activities that highlight the benefits apprenticeships bring to employers and the opportunities apprenticeships present to individuals.

National Apprenticeship Week 2018 was record-breaking: with 780 events taking place across England. The ambition of delivering a 10,000 talks movement – #10kTalks – to inspire the next generation of apprentices in schools across the country was exceeded, reaching over 33,500 people. Read more

Money Advice Service Annual Report 2017/2018
July 31, 2018

The Money Advice Service has published their Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18, highlighting the different ways they have helped people make the most of their money over the past financial year.

The key achievements for the year include:

  • Directly providing money guidance to 10.5 million people, including 3.8 million from the financially squeezed and struggling segments
  • Helping over 487,000 people through MAS-funded free debt advice services, with 93% of customers (where they agreed with an adviser to do so) going on to take action Read more
National Careers Service – New Contracts Awards
July 25, 2018

Below is a list of the new NCS areas and contractors (notice the subtle geographical changes – south central area has disappeared altogether and Cumbria is part of the service in the NE).

There will now be a period of transition activity to make sure there is a continued high-quality service for the remainder of current contracts, and to ensure that the new contractors are in place and ready to deliver the National Careers Service from 1 October 2018. 

  1. National Careers Service East of England and Buckinghamshire and National Careers Service East Midlands and Northamptonshire to be delivered by Futures Advice
  2. National Careers Service London and National Careers Service West Midlands to be delivered by Prospects
  3. National Careers Service North West to be delivered by Growth Company
  4. National Careers Service North East and Cumbria to be delivered by EDT
  5. National Careers Service South East to be delivered by CXK
  6. National Careers Service South West to be delivered by Adviza
  7. National Careers Service Yorkshire and Humber – further information will be provided in due course
Futures Celebrates National Careers Service Contract
July 24, 2018

Futures has re-secured the prestigious National Careers Service contracts for the East Midlands and East of England regions, supporting adults with their career options, worth a combined total of £23,509,698.00 over the next three years.

Having delivered the National Careers Service in the East Midlands since its inception in 2012 and more recently delivering the service in the east of England as well, Futures, the experts in supporting people with jobs, skills advice and training, is delighted to announce its retention of the two contracts. It has supported over a quarter of a million adults with careers advice and guidance in that time, with a further 191,970 now scheduled to receive support over the next three years.

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The not-for-profit business will now continue to deliver the service across both regions for the next three years, following a Government-run competitive tender process.

The National Careers Service provides personalised careers information, advice, and guidance services to all adults, via individual and group face-to-face sessions, over the telephone, through digital and social media platforms, with particular emphasis on people who may need more help in developing their career management skills and progressing in work or learning.

Over the last five years the National Careers Service has demonstrated consistent improvement in quality across all aspects of the service. It has provided locally tailored information advice and guidance and supported customers to achieve positive outcomes particularly for those who are most disadvantaged in the labour market. Read more

Assessment Services Ltd Awards 2018 – A Reminder
July 18, 2018

Assessment Services Ltd is delighted to announce the launch of their 2018 Awards.  We are seeking to recognise the excellent performance by our customers who have successfully used quality standards to provide effective outcomes.

The Awards Dinner will be held on the evening of Monday 1st October 2018, where winners will be recognised for the outstanding success in one of the following categories:

  • Using Standards to Improve Performance
  • Using Standards to Support Change
  • Effectively working with Communities/Partnerships to Improve Performance
  • Customer Service Excellence Award – Building a Customer-Focused Organisation
  • Merlin Standard Award – Working with Effective Supply Chains
  • The matrix Standard Award for defining, delivering and improving the Information, Advice, and Guidance to their customers
  • The Families First Quality Award for defining, delivering and improving the information for families

There is no limit to the number of categories that can be entered, although only one entry per category will be accepted.  There is no set format for entries, however, each entry must not exceed 1,000 words. Read more

Government Announces New Northern Powerhouse Body
July 9, 2018

Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North of England will form an influential new body to support the government’s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse across the region, Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP has announced.

The Chairs of each of the 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will sit on a newly formed, government-funded board called the ‘NP11’.

The board will act as one voice representing each of their regions as a modern day ‘Council for the North’ to work with and advise the government on issues such as how to increase productivity, overcome regional disparities in economic growth and tackle the historic north-south divide.

While speaking at the first ever Northern Powerhouse Business Summit in Newcastle Gateshead, Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP said:Jake Berry at the Northern Powerhouse Summit

As we approach leaving the European Union we need to ensure that every area of the UK continues to economically flourish.

The Northern Powerhouse will be a vital support to the UK in achieving this and so I am very pleased the 11 LEP Chairs have agreed to form the new NP11 board.

For the first time since 1472, we will bring together the business voices of the Northern Powerhouse in our Council for the North. They have one task: to enrich all the peoples of the North of England – this is the foundation stone of the Northern Powerhouse and, with the skills and expertise of the NP11, we will shift the North’s economy into overdrive.

Together we will deliver a North of England which is an economic powerhouse and one which can proudly take its place on the world stage both now and as we leave the EU.

Read more

AELP Parlimentary Newsletter 24: May 2018
May 24, 2018





AELP Parliamentary Newsletter 24 – May 2018

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