David Cameron launches new Apprentice advisory board.

The government has announced the members of the new Apprenticeship advisory panel.

‘The government has formed an Apprenticeship Delivery Board as a part of its pledge to create three million apprenticeships by 2020.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the new Apprenticeship Delivery Board would bring together some of the country’s biggest companies.’ (FM World)

‘The new Apprenticeship delivery board will advise ministers on how best to expand the Apprenticeship programme, and will be chaired by Apprenticeship adviser Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford on Avon, and Apprenticeship champion David Meller.

The board will include representatives from some of the UK’s top employers, including Channel 4, Barclays and the Ministry of Defence, who will act as Apprenticeship champions within their sectors to increase both the number of Apprenticeship places on offer and the supply of talented candidates.’ (TES)

‘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 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." ‘ (Training Journal)

‘Mr Zahawi said: “I’m proud that we’ve been able to put together such an exciting line up of top business leaders for the ADB.

“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 3m starts by 2020; a target which provides us with an unmissable opportunity to change lives, boost skills and increase productivity in the UK economy.” ‘ (FE Week)

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