Towards an Inclusive Skills StrategyTuesday, 1 November 2016
The Palace Hotel, Manchester
When the AELP Autumn Conference takes place, the government’s consultations on the apprenticeship levy will have closed but debate on the latest proposals will still be raging. Providers will be applying to be on the new register for apprenticeship training providers and they will be bidding for a contract to deliver the apprenticeships of non-levy paying employers. Bids will be submitted without a provider knowing for certain whether it will be on the register. All providers may have only just learnt what the final funding rate will be for their standards and frameworks. This combined with the new Skills Plan and devolution of adult funding will provide us with plenty to disseminate and debate. Interesting times!
Our Autumn Conference will seek to make sense of all this, when providers have a big job of explaining the government’s reforms to employers. We will have government officials present to give us updates on the changes. Apprenticeships and Traineeships assume an even greater importance after the vote to leave the EU as there will be an imperative to train more home-grown talent to fill vacancies and tackle skills shortages. The event will debate whether the reforms will support this objective.
We will be gathering in Manchester, the pace-setter for English devolution, as the devolving of the Adult Education Budget starts to gain momentum. Since Theresa May became Prime Minister, we have heard mixed signals about how much further the government will advance the process. Our conference will look for some answers.
Amidst all this change, providers want to deliver good quality employment and skills programmes uncertain of the funding environment in which they will operate. The AELP Autumn Conference will identify what matters the most to help AELP members update their strategic business planning. You can’t afford to miss it!
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"Good range of speakers, relevant to sector issues."
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