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Antony Jenkins appointed as shadow chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships

Antony Jenkins has been appointed to the role of shadow chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships - the new independent, employer-led organisation established to support the Government’s plan to create 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020.

As shadow chair, Antony Jenkins will be an ambassador for the Institute for Apprenticeships and will also play a key role in designing its structure and providing strategic leadership and direction to the organisation during the critical phase of its development. He will work closely with the current team in preparing the organisation to start operations in 2017.

Antony brings a wealth of experience as a chief executive of Barclays plc and the current chairman of Business in the Community.

The Institute for Apprenticeships’ primary responsibility will be to act as the ultimate decision maker on approving apprenticeship standards and assessment plans to ensure they are of high quality. It will also make recommendations on the maximum level of government funding available for those standards and how much employers can claim for them. The Institute for Apprenticeships’ ultimate goal is to ensure employees get the skills they need to succeed from the apprenticeship system.

The SIP has said that the credibility of the Government’s commitment to employer leadership is at risk as a consequence of no visible progress so far with the IfA. Science Employers are keen and willing to engage to ensure that standards and funding rates are established in a way and at a level that supports the uptake of high quality, high technical content programmes.

The previous incumbent, Rachel Sandby-Thomas left the role as shadow chief executive of the IfA at the end of last month.

Antony will also be joined by Nicola Bolton who has been appointed as shadow chief operating officer of the Institute for Apprenticeships.

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