Rachel Sandby-Thomas leaves Institute for Apprenticeships.

‘The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has confirmed that Rachel Sandby-Thomas will be leaving her role as shadow chief executive of the new Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) — just two months after it announced she had been appointed.

Ms Sandby-Thomas had been the only appointment so far at the IfA — which is due to launch in April 2017 and will help police employers as apprenticeship reforms take effect.

But a BIS spokesperson has now confirmed that she will join Warwick University as its registrar from September, when she will then leave the institute.

This will be a blow to an already challenging implementation timescale and shadow skills minister Gordon Marsden said the announcement had potentially left the IfA “in crisis”.

He said: “It is quite extraordinary that the person the government has just appointed as the key driver for the new institute has suddenly announced that she will be leaving the post in September.

“Clearly, whatever the reasons, this now potentially leaves a body, which still lacks a chair and a board and where the government have consistently been extremely vague about the future composition of this board, in crisis.”’ – FE Week


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