‘Apprenticeship reforms put the onus back on employers’

Institute for Apprenticeships chief executive Sir Gerry Berragan tells George Ryan how he plans to help the sector fix the skills shortfall

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It is difficult to miss the gleam from Sir Gerry Berragan’s expertly polished shoes as light streams in through the floor to ceiling windows of the Institute for Apprenticeships offices.

“It’s a skill that never leaves you,” he insists. Though this is hardly surprising from a man who dedicated 36 years of his life to the army.

It was a career that took him to places “too numerous to mention”, where he rose through the ranks to become the army’s last ever adjutant-general – a 250-year-old post that made him one of the most high-ranking officials in the armed forces, in charge of its personnel ...

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