An advisory panel consisting of some of the biggest names in British business has been unveiled to help the government reach its target of creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.
Some of the UK’s top employers, including Channel 4, Barclays and the Ministry of Defence, will encourage more businesses to develop quality apprenticeships and act as champions within their sector, working with employers of all sizes to increase both the number of apprenticeship places on offer and the supply of talented candidates.
Business secretary Sajid Javid said: “I’m proud that we’ve been able to put together such an exciting line-up of top business leaders for the apprenticeship delivery board. I look forward to working closely with them all, raising further awareness of the business benefits of apprenticeships and providing feedback on how to continually improve quality, as well as quantity.”
The members of the apprenticeship delivery board are:
- David Abraham, chief executive of Channel 4
- Mike Thompson, head of apprenticeships at Barclays
- Rami Ranger, chairman of Sun Mark
- Melanie Hayes, resourcing and development director at Compass Group
- Simon Blagden, non-executive chairman of Fujitsu
- James Wates CBE, chairman of Wates Construction
The new Apprenticeship Delivery Board was announced at a reception yesterday (Monday 18th January) hosted by Prime Minister and Sajid Javid. The Board will harness their experience and industry reputation to encourage others to follow their lead while also working to identify challenges that may be stopping employers getting involved with apprenticeships.
Javid said: “Three million more apprenticeships by 2020 means even more life changing opportunities for our young people. More than that, apprenticeships make sense for business. That’s why some of the country’s top business leaders are coming together to bang the drum for apprenticeships.”
“We are putting employers at the heart of quality apprenticeships so that young people get the skills they need to succeed. Today we are celebrating everything that apprenticeships have to offer businesses and young people.”
Chaired by the Prime Minister’s apprenticeship advisor Nadhim Zahawi MP and businessman and apprenticeship champion David Meller, the Apprenticeship Delivery Board will include:
- David Abraham, Chief Executive of Channel 4
- Mike Thompson, Head of Apprenticeships at Barclays
- Alderman Andrew Parmley, City of London
- Rami Ranger CBE, Chairman of Sun Mark Ltd
- Melanie Hayes, Resourcing & Development Director at Compass Group
- Simon Blagden MBE, Non-Executive Chairman at Fujitsu
- James Wates CBE, Chairman, Wates Construction
Chair of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board, Nadhim Zahawi said: “I’m proud that we’ve been able to put together such an exciting line up of top business leaders for the Apprenticeship Delivery Board. I look forward to working closely with them all, raising further awareness of the business benefits of apprenticeships and providing feedback on how to continually improve quality, as well as quantity.”
“As ever more great British businesses get involved, and with the inclusion of higher and degree level apprenticeships, we can raise the status of apprenticeships while delivering 3 million starts by 2020; a target which provides us with an unmissable opportunity to change lives, boost skills and increase productivity in the UK economy.”