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PM launches apprenticeships board

20 January 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

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.


Members would include employers such as Channel 4, Barclays, and Wates Construction, and the board will encourage more businesses “to develop quality apprenticeships”.


Members will act as “apprenticeship champions” within their sector, working with employers of all sizes to increase both the number of apprenticeship places on offer and the supply of talented candidates and work “to identify challenges that may be stopping employers getting involved with apprenticeships”.


Melanie Hayes, resourcing and development director at Compass Group, is one of those on the Apprenticeship Delivery Board.


Others include: David Abraham, chief executive of Channel 4; Mike Thompson, head of apprenticeships at Barclays; Alderman Andrew Parmley, City of London; Rami Ranger CBE, chairman of Sun Mark; Simon Blagden MBE, non-executive chairman at Fujitsu; and James Wates CBE, chairman, Wates Construction.