The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is a national membership organization, the recognised voice of independent providers who engage in government funded skills training and employability programmes throughout England. Its members hold contracts to deliver Skills Funding Agency (SFA), Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) provision.

AELP has an extremely diverse membership of just over 700 organisations ranging from large private companies with a nationwide presence, to regional and smaller local providers/employers representing not-for-profit and voluntary third sector independent training organisations. AELP also has a number of colleges in full membership, as well as non-delivery organisations such as SSCs and awarding organisations, as Associate Members. Collectively, AELP members deliver most of the Apprenticeship training and the majority of adult vocational skills provision in England.

AELP uses a variety of communication channels to engage with its members including a highly respected weekly newsletter, Countdown, plus bimonthly and monthly publications. It also has a growing presence on social media and a popular website. It has regular face to face interaction with its membership base and the wider sector via a varied range of special interest groups and sector forums run on behalf of its membership.

AELP’s knowledge and expertise of working with employers and providers; its market position as an ‘honest broker’ across the learning and skills sector; its understanding of the challenges and issues facing the sector, plus its successful track record in working collaboratively with stakeholders, its members and the wider sector to ensure the employers voice is heard means it is very well placed to make a professional contribution to this project.

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