AELP is launching its new Third Sector Special Interest Group (SIG)

AELP is launching its new Third Sector Special Interest Group (SIG)

AELP is launching its new Third Sector Special Interest Group (SIG) with a conference in the prestigious surroundings of Portcullis House on the Parliamentary estate in Westminster on Thursday, 10th October 2019.

The aim of the new SIG is to ensure that there is a voice and support for the needs of Third Sector skills providers who have a specific social mission achieved wholly or partly through the delivery of skills programmes. This will fill the gap left by the closure of the Third Sector National Learning Alliance.

The Portcullis House conference will seek input from the sector to help shape AELP’s policy and promote the Third Sector’s way of working as a ‘mainstream’ necessity and not an optional ‘extra’ to colleges and one that is best delivered by Third Sector providers for their beneficiaries.

VIP speakers are being invited to address the new SIG, and the conference will also ask relevant and challenging questions for all those involved: funders, activists and supporters. Areas for debate are likely to include:

  • Gaps in adult skills and the impact of devolving the Adult Education Budget
  • Provider participation in the government’s new National Retraining Scheme
  • The apprenticeship levy reforms failing social justice
  • Skills programmes better serving under-represented groups including prisoners
  • Improving recognition of the Third Sector in the FE and skills mix, nationally and locally.

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