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Simon Ashworth

Simon Ashworth

Chief Policy Officer
Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

Simon is currently Chief Policy Officer for AELP. Formed nearly 20 years ago, AELP is a national trade association, representing the interest of 900+ organisations delivering vocational learning, sustainable employment and employability support. Last academic year AELP members delivered 2 in every 3 of England's apprenticeships. Simon represents AELP on the following external groups/panels: IfATE’s Stakeholder Reference Panel, Ofqual’s Vocational & Technical Qualifications Reference Group, the ESFA’s Provider Reference Group and the Apprenticeship Service Advisory Group. Simon is also a member of the GLA’s Higher Skills for Londoners Advisory Group and a Commissioner on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Skills Commission.

  • Sharing guidance on utilising the apprenticeship levy and the relationship between local authorities and the education sector which is calculated on the total payroll bill of the Local Authority, which includes teachers employed and paid through the Local Authority payroll
  • Examining the impact of the levy on local authorities and schools and how they can maximise the payments including employers paying the levy deciding how they want to distribute the cost of the levy payments and how it is spent
  • Highlighting possible apprenticeships which local authorities and schools may wish to procure, including both educational and service support apprenticeships, such as teachers, chartered managers, HR Support and early years practitioners
  • Exploring AELP’s guidance on how employers and training providers can work together to comply with the 20% off-the-job training, aiding providers to overcome the anxieties of employers who regard the rule as a barrier to not engaging in an apprenticeship programme