The Government has set itself a target of creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 as part of its ambitious agenda to improve the quality of apprenticeships and drive to increase productivity. To achieve these goals we need employers to invest more in training their workforce and for people to be trained to fill skills gaps. Government’s apprenticeships reform programme has seen employers take ownership of determining the skills and competencies that they need their apprentices to achieve to best serve their business.
The Institute for Apprenticeships (“the Institute”) will play a vital role in continuing this reform process and work on behalf of employers to support the delivery of quality apprenticeships in England. Via the Institute apprentices can be confident that their apprenticeship is durable, respected and will help build a career with a clear market value. It is to be established as a Crown body, independent of Government and employer-led with a mandate set by Ministers. The Institute will:
- act as the ultimate decision maker on approving apprenticeship standards and assessment plans to ensure they are of high quality, sufficiently stretching and with employer backing; and,
- determine the maximum level of Government funding available for those standards and how much employers can claim for them.
The Chair will provide strategic leadership and direction to the shadow Institute during a critical phase in its development pre-April 2017. The Chair will be a strong figurehead and ambassador for the organisation, delivering its vision. The role will involve developing and managing effective relationships with senior stakeholders, seeking to bring them on board and win their commitment to the functions of the Institute.
The Chair must at all times observe the highest standards of probity, impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to management of the organisation and when making strategic decisions, ensuring that high standards or corporate governance are observed at all times.
Closing date: 26/10/2016 at 17:00
More information about the vacancy can be found in the Centre for Public Appointments website.