4 February 2015

Martin Dunford OBE to open AELP Autumn Conference

The Chief Executive of Skills Training UK, Martin Dunford OBE, will give the Welcoming Address at AELP’s Autumn Conference in Birmingham on 22 October. Titled ‘Making a Difference with Employers’, the conference will address the challenges facing the skills and employment sector, with a focus on reforming Apprenticeships, a possible redesign of the Work Programme and a Cabinet Office review of support for young people.

Attending the conference will be key policymakers from the Department for Education, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Skills Funding Agency, as well as AELP’s members who represent vocational learning and employment providers across Britain.

Martin commented: “AELP has an essential role in making sure established programmes like Apprenticeships are a success for both employers and learners, while also tackling the challenges of attracting support and interest for newer programmes like Traineeships and Study Programmes.

“The conference will be incredibly informative and an opportunity to debate key reforms which have the potential to have a significant impact on the FE System. It’s important that the government hears multiple views on how best to tackle these issues.”

Martin is a founder member of AELP and as chairman since 2004 he has led its growth in size and influence on government policy.

To find out more about AELP visit www.aelp.org.uk

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