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AELP national conference 2021

Monday 7 - THURSDAY 10 JUNE 2021, ONLINE!




The online AELP National Conference 2021 is focused on the support that skills training can give to the economic recovery as Covid restrictions are lifted and further sector reforms commence under the ‘Skills for Jobs’ white paper.

Debate at the flagship skills event will cover:

  • How effective has the post-Covid response, including the Plan for Jobs and Budget 2021 employer incentives, been so far and what can be done better?
  • Are the regulatory flexibilities in the delivery of skills training here to stay?
  • Has the pandemic instigated more integration between employability and skills programmes or have Kickstart and Restart reinforced a siloed approach?
  • Has a revolution in online learning and assessment finally happened and is here to stay?
  • The future of the apprenticeship levy and sustainable funding of SMEs’ apprenticeships
  • What difference will the arrival of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee and National Skills Fund make to adult learning?
  • Ofsted inspecting again – what to look out for  
  • A centralised or devolved approach – has devolution for skills come to a stop?
  • What impact will the white paper, including the Local Skills Improvement Plans, have on the whole sector?
  • The role, flexibility, and responsiveness of independent training providers across all skills and employment programmes as reform continues
  •  Are providers doing enough to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace?


The AELP National Conference 2021 will consider whether we are on the right track in respect of reforms to apprenticeships, traineeships, adult education, English and maths, and other provision in the light of the pandemic and its impact on employment, especially for young people. A key question is whether programme design and delivery are doing enough to encourage and secure learner progression.

The results of the mayoral elections in May will also offer pointers to devolved skills provision in the future with candidates’ manifestos calling for ‘youth guarantees’ and more control over skills budgets. Delegates will have the opportunity to debate the latest developments including the devolved areas managing their share of the UK Community Renewal Fund as a possible pre-cursor to managing a share of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

A focus on quality is always a feature of a major AELP conference and this year the event coincides with the summer resumption of full Ofsted inspections and new provider monitoring visits.





An excellent range of workshops in addition to top-level representation on the plenary sessions makes AELP National Conference 2021 another event that you cannot afford to miss!

Keynotes confirmed so far:

  • Gillian Keegan, MP, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister
  • Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair, Education Select Committee
  • Toby Perkins MP, Shadow Minister for Apprenticeships and Lifelong Learning
  • Peter Mucklow, Director of Apprenticeships, ESFA
  • Jennifer Coupland, CEO, IfATE
  • Simon Lebus, Chief Regulator, Ofqual
  • Oli de Botton, CEO, The Careers & Enterprise Company



The conference was hosted on a new exciting and interactive platform called Hopin which has some fantastic features for delegate interaction and opportunities for sponsorship and exhibitor packages.


Kevin Davis, The Vine Trust Group


Supporting our National Conference provides your organisation with an unprecedented opportunity to position your brand at an important AELP strategic event and benefit from the trusted communications to the AELP membership.

The conference provides an opportunity to increase brand recognition with independent training providers and other organisations operating within the employability and learning and skills sectors.



AELP Members

Full AELP Members are entitled to a group booking of five complimentary places across the four half days.

Should you want to decide who will be attending within your group closer to the conference, you can modify your booking at a later date.

If you would like to register more than five delegates, you will be able to purchase further delegate tickets at the rate of £400 + VAT per delegate.

Associate Members

Associate members will receive 25% discount off the full member additional delegate rate (£400 per delegate) and so tickets are priced at £300 + VAT per delegate for all four half days of the conference.

Patron Organisations

AELP Patrons are entitled to a group booking of 10 complimentary places, with the ability to modify your delegate information at a later date.



Delegate fees are £500 + VAT per delegate for all four half days of the conference.

We would recommend joining as a AELP Member to take advantage of the complimentary/discounted rates with a large range of other benefits. Please contact our Membership Team for more information.