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A trade body representing 600 learning providers has changed its name to reflect its members’ role in helping people to find work.
The Association of Learning Providers (ALP) has changed its name to The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP).
More than 50,000 people found jobs and more than 100,000 completed apprenticeships through the group's members during the last year, it estimates.
AELP chairman Martin Dunford announced the change at the group's first annual conference, taking place in London today and tomorrow.
He said AELP has long advocated a seamless approach to providing employment and skills programmes.
Mr Dunford added: “AELP is determined to bring about full recognition that we are all working in a single employment and skills system.”
Welcoming training provisions under the state's 2010 Work Programme, Mr Dunford urged policy makers to continue pursuing a "single cross-government approach to employment and skills.”
"This could be particularly helpful in tackling the major issue of youth unemployment," he added.
AELP also said it will partner with the Social Market Foundation, an independent think-tank, to sponsor meetings on employment and skills issues at this year's three main political party conferences.
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