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– Rebranding of ALP!!



Association of Employment and Learning Providers press release

Strictly embargoed until 1015hrs on Tuesday, 21 June 2011


AELP Annual Conference, 21-22 June 2011

Venue: Hilton London Metropole Hotel, London W2 1JU


Employment and skills agenda means a new name for ALP


The Chairman of ALP has announced today that the representative trade body is being renamed as the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) with immediate effect.


The new name is to reflect more accurately that as well as being the principal providers of Apprenticeship training and other skills programmes, many of the association’s members have long been active in the delivery of government welfare to work programmes, including the new Work Programme.


Martin Dunford OBE, the association’s chairman, reminded delegates at today’s ALP annual conference that ALP had been until recently almost a lone voice going back ten years in advocating a more integrated approach by government to employment and skills.  He said that ALP had always maintained that unemployed people were more likely to secure sustainable employment if they had access to skills training.


Sustainable employment is now required under the Work Programme if providers are going to perform well under the new ‘payment by results’ system. The chairman welcomed the flexibility for providers to offer training as part of their support for the long-term unemployed, but urged the DWP, BIS and the DfE to work even closer towards a single cross-government approach to employment and skills.  In the association’s view, this could be particularly helpful in tackling the major issue of youth unemployment.


Martin Dunford identified AELP as “a new single organisation with members working strongly in the employment, employability and skills markets, determined to bring about full recognition that we are all working in a single employment and skills system.”


AELP has announced that for the first time it will sponsor fringe meetings on employment and skills issues in partnership with the Social Market Foundation at this year’s three main political party conferences.  AELP’s chief executive, Graham Hoyle, will speak at each one.


The new AELP

The new AELP has over 600 member providers from the private, public and third sectors with voluntary sector providers comprising up to a third of the membership.  Approximately 50 FE colleges are also members.


Over 70% of the Work Programme prime contractors are AELP members with many other members listed as sub-contractors.


Over an estimated 70% of Apprenticeships in England are delivered by AELP members.


AELP members are playing a key role in the delivery of government-funded programmes.  A new survey of the members has identified the following key facts (allowing for some extrapolation):


a. Employer engagement

  • AELP providers currently engage with almost 300,000 employers across the country


b. Getting people jobs

  • 54,730 people were placed in a job last year by AELP members (this figure is believed to be a significant under-estimate and will be subject to further research)
  • 8,730 young people obtained jobs through the Entry to Employment programme, thanks to AELP members


c. Training apprentices

  • In 2010-2011, 117,240 learners completed an apprenticeship with AELP members
  • 124,100 16-18 apprentices are on AELP members’ programmes
  • 160,480 19+ apprentices are on AELP members’ programmes


d. Other skills attainment

  • 182,420 trainees gained stand-alone NVQs and achieved basic skills
  • 86,620 trainees achieved level 3 qualifications or above in 2010-11
  • AELP members currently have 24,190 young people on a Foundation Learning programme


AELP members are also major employers in their own right.   Members employ approximately 60,700 full time staff (average of 126 staff per provider) and an additional 14,500 part time staff (average of 30 staff per provider).


Although the related data must be treated with caution, the survey responses seem to confirm again that AELP members provide higher quality learning than the wider work-based learning sector in general. In terms of the outcome for learners, 96% of AELP members are performing satisfactory or higher.  60% of the quality of provision by AELP members is either good or outstanding.


The name change to the Association of Employment and Learning Providers is subject to ratification at a members’ EGM.




Contact Aidan Relf on 07710 305182


ALP conference website:



Notes to editors


1. About AELP

From 21st June 2011, the Association of Learning Providers will be known as the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP).


AELP represents the interests of 600 employment and training organisations from the private, voluntary and college sectors who deliver Apprenticeships, the Work Programme and other vocational learning to employers, young people and adults.


AELP’s principal remit is to:


  • influence the further development of integrating government employment and skills policy


  • ensure a fully open market for publicly funded skills development, based on funding going to the provider best able to deliver the specified service to the learner
  • work closely with government and funding agencies to develop effective procurement policies and appropriate funding rates to support the growth of Apprenticeships and a sustainable Work Programme


  • advocate a 14-19 learning curriculum giving equal weight to the vocational and academic routes


  • secure opportunities for lifelong learning and sustainable employment for all.


For more information on the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, visit:


Telephone: 0117 9865389                       Email:


2. About EDI, the AELP conference headline sponsor

EDI is a leading UK and international awarding organisation providing vocational qualification and specialising in work based learning across a range of industry sectors.


Working in partnership with private training organisation, employers and colleges, EDI provides innovative, high quality learner assessment and support services.  Our business approach is based on providing advice, guidance and support to ensure that we meet the individual needs of our customers and their learners.  For more information visit, call 08707 202909, or email


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