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13th  July 2010

TheLightBulb is 500th member switched on by ALP

The Association of Learning Providers (ALP) has successfully encouraged an Essex training company, TheLightBulb Limited, to become its 500th member.

To mark the milestone, the Basildon company was presented with an engraved memento by ALP chairman Martin Dunford OBE at the association’s annual conference in London today.

TheLightBulb’s recruitment by ALP is the latest in a successful drive to increase membership.  Over 60 new employment and skills organisations have joined ALP from the private, public and third sectors in the past twelve months.

The new members see ALP as a leading and highly effective voice for vocational learning and welfare to work provision within government circles, especially when departmental budgets are coming under so much pressure. TheLightBulb, for example, recently attended an ALP workshop as a non-member on the government’s proposals to introduce minimum contract levels for BIS-funded skills programmes and it then recognised the value that ALP membership could add to its business.

ALP members feature some of the largest employment and training providers in the country, but TheLightBulb is reasonably typical of the normal member profile – in this case, the provider has 450 learners split between apprenticeships and Train to Gain across various sectors, such as construction, health and safety, financial services and logistics.

Graham Hoyle OBE, ALP’s chief executive, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome TheLightBulb as ALP’s 500th member.  Like many of our members, TheLightBulb has grown its business by listening closely and responding to the needs of local employers.  This is the key to delivering more relevant training for the economy in a very challenging fiscal climate.”

Lesley Jones, TheLightBulb’s CEO, said: “Our early experience of being an ALP member has informed us that ALP is working to the good of all its members.  There is no question that over the next five years, providers like us are going to need a seat at the top table for the decision-makers to understand what value we bring to our recovering local economies and I am certain that ALP will fulfil that role admirably for us.”


Contact Aidan Relf on 07710 305182

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