PDMS Attends AELP 2014

Since developing our Employed software we have taken an invested interest in the employability and skills industry. For this reason, on the 2nd-3rd June 2014, we attended the annual AELP (Association of Education & Learning Providers) conference in London.

The conference proved to be one to remember, mainly due to controversy surrounding government apprenticeship reforms in England. The soon to be implemented reforms mean that government cash will go directly to employers to commission their own training instead of the current system where government cash goes directly to the providers.

The reforms, designed to make employers care more about their apprentices were met with near unanimous frustration from training providers. On day one Matthew Hancock, MP for Skills and Enterprise, and Esther McVey, MP for Employment, took to the stand to answer questions and provide clarity on the reforms. Day two saw more apprenticeship debates and an insight into the future for skills and employment programmes.

The event gave us an excellent appreciation for what training providers in England are facing and how we can help solve their problems through our software. As a software development company operating in the education and skills market, we offer two important skills - an in depth knowledge of the market which allows us to provide expert bespoke services and PDMS Employed.

PDMS Employed is a single and easy to use portal that helps engage employers, education and training providers to support jobs, growth and skills development. 

As Esther McVey said on day one of the conference, the number of people sourcing jobs online has increased significantly over the last three years and will only continue to rise. We look forward to seeing how PDMS Employed can be a part of this growth.

PDMS Employed will be at the Employment and Skills Breakfast at the International Festival of Business on June 18 with the Isle of Man Government and Hamblin Employment Group to discuss how the Isle of Man public, private and third sector collaboration is improving the employability and skills of the Isle of Man population.