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New apprenticeship advisory panel announced

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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.

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.

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

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."

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