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Tony Allen is CEO of Allen Apprenticeships and Skills. His company provides management support to employers, training providers and colleges around all aspects of skills issues in general, and apprenticeships, including the Levy, in particular. Prior to setting up his own company in June 2016, Tony was the Skills Funding Agency’s (SFA) Deputy Director for the Large Companies Unit. His team managed the relationship with all employers who held a direct contract with the SFA. Prior to this role, Tony held a number of appointments with the SFA and Learning and Skills Council (LSC). These included, Area Director for Kent and Medway, Area Director for the South East, and also Regional Skills Director for the South East. Tony joined the LSC in 2002. Prior to joining the LSC, Tony spent 25 years in the Hospitality and Catering industry. This included 17 years with Whitbread PLC in operational, HR and strategic roles.

Recent Posts

Delivering apprenticeships: 12 common myths

Posted by Tony Allen on May 10, 2018

I speak to many people in the course of my work on apprenticeships; employers, training providers, people from intermediary organisations and apprentices themselves. I am often told things as fact, which I know not to be true, and I am frequently asked questions which lead me to believe that the person asking has previously been misinformed. Even people who you would expect to know the answer, are sometimes confused by an aspect of apprenticeship policy, or the latest changes to the funding rules.

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability

Becoming an employer provider – weighing up the pros and cons

Posted by Tony Allen on March 6, 2018

If you work in apprenticeships, you may already know that if you are an employer there are two main ways of delivering apprenticeship programmes. One option is to go through a professional training provider, and the other is to become an employer provider yourself and deliver your own programme.

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability

End Point Assessment – Is it really delivering better apprenticeships?

Posted by Tony Allen on November 9, 2017

We are all, in Apprenticeship Land, very familiar with the concept of End-point Assessment, or EPA. Originally devised by Matthew Hancock as part of his far-reaching apprenticeship reforms, the principle of EPA was intended to put some integrity into the overall value of apprenticeships. By separating the body that undertook the final decision regarding whether or not the apprentice had ‘passed’ their apprenticeship, from the organisation that had delivered the training, it was hoped that apprenticeships would be more highly valued.

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability

Trailblazing to….who knows where!

Posted by Tony Allen on September 19, 2017

In the ‘How to’ guide for Trailblazer groups, the Institute for Apprenticeships says:

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability

"A very promising start Minister!'' - Anne Milton's first days in office.

Posted by Tony Allen on July 18, 2017

We all anticipate the appoint of a new Skills Minister with some trepidation! Who is it going to be? Do they have any background in FE? Politically are they on their way up or down!? Well from my viewpoint Anne Milton has made a very positive start.  Her very first speech at the recent AELP Conference revealed that she is determined to sort out some of the often-farcical mistakes of the last few months. In her first few days she has:

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability