GMLPF has produced 2 leaflets explaining Apprenticeship reforms to employers. The first outlines how the Apprenticeships levy affects large employers, and the second explains how the reforms affect SMEs.
The leaflets have been produced specifically for GMLPF members to use with their existing employers or new prospects.
Limited supply available – to order please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The views of James Glendenning, chief executive of GMLPF, on the Government’s proposed apprenticeships reform have been featured in the Liverpool Echo.
The article, written by city editor Marc Waddington, appeared on Friday 19th September, and outlines the potential threat to local apprentices posed by the Government’s plans. James Glendenning is quoted several times, explaining how local employers may well shy away from offering apprenticeship positions if they are expected to take on administrative and financial responsibilities.
James Glendenning’s conversations with the Liverpool Echo form part of a wider campaign which GMLPF has been driving forward for several months to draw attention to apprenticeship reforms. As well as working to keep local learning providers and employers informed of the proposed changes, James Glendenning has met to discuss concerns with several MPs, most recently Liam Byrne, opposition minister responsible for Apprenticeships.
Councillor Nick Small who is also actively raising awareness of the dangers of reforms is quoted in the Liverpool Echo article, highlighting the worse-case scenario which is that the number of apprentices on Merseyside will rapidly decline.
By now most of you will have spotted and read the LEP Growth Deals that were announced on 7 July . These are really important announcements and when considered alongside the 2014-20 ESF programme represent a significant shift of resources and decision making to local level . They include the transfer of £330m of FE capital to LEPs for 15/16 and 16/17 ( £660m in total) and list the projects that are being supported together with the amount of local match that will be required .
Additionally they also announce that LEPs will have greater influence over the allocations of SFA budgets and greater control over any new funds . To me the direction of travel is obvious and is one that is shared by the main opposition party(Labour) as they launched the conclusions of the Adonis review last week which again proposed significant devolution of future skills budgets to local level .
You will want to look at your own local LEP growth deals as they also include specific local agreements that LEPs have asked for eg Greater Manchester have secured £12m for 2 years from SFA budgets to support access to employment .
Turning now to NWPN activities following a really positive Board meeting in June . We discussed Apprenticeship Reform and the consultation response/lobbying activity that everyone has been progressing . We agreed that we need to continue to push and argue ensuring that the voice of our employers is heard. Additionally though we also need to continue to make the case for public investment in skills, recognising that with further spending cuts to come the skills budget is an easy target for government. We will continue to make the case up to the next election and beyond. We also agreed to strengthen our relationship with national and other regional/sub regional provider representative bodies. At regional level we are also looking to organise an apprenticeship trailblazer event for September, and a meeting between our Board and the chairs of each of the LEP skills and employment partnerships.
Have a good summer and I will produce my next update in early September