Skills Commission inquiry into Level 4 and 5 Higher Technical Qualifications evidence session 1

15:30 - 17:00

The Skills Commission’s inquiry into Level 4 and 5 Higher Technical Qualifications held its first evidence session via Zoom on Wednesday 11 May 2022.

The inquiry is co-chaired by:

  • Sir John Hayes MP
  • Baroness Garden of Frognal
  • Graham Hasting-Evans, CEO of NOCN Group

The evidence session focused on the Construction pathways and the Legal, Finance, and Accounting pathways.

Oral evidence was provided on Level 4 and 5 Higher Technical Qualifications by the following expert witnesses:

  • Ian Woodcroft, Head of Policy and Government Relations, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
  • Jonathan Bourne, Managing Director, DAMAR Training
  • Dr Sue Pember CBE, Policy Director, HOLEX (Adult Community Education)
  • Martyn Price MBE, Chair, Cross Construction Apprenticeship Task Force
  • Stuart Pedley-Smith, Head of Learning, Kaplan Financial
  • Robert Boucherat, Head of Apprenticeship Quality & Compliance, Kaplan Financial
  • Ben Kinross, Apprenticeship Engagement Officer, National Society for Apprentices/National Union of Students
  • Professor Alfred Seaman, Professor and Programme Director BComm & Accounting, Humber College of Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

The following commissioners and observers participated in the session:

  • Katharine Emms, Senior Education & Policy Researcher, Edge Foundation
  • Jonathan Shaw, Strategic Director, Kent Further Education
  • Graham Razey OBE, CEO EKC Group, Kent Further Education
  • Dr Jane Towers-Clark, Head of Academic Partnerships, ACCA Global
  • Joe Fitzsimmons, Policy Manager, ACCA Global
  • David Morgan, CEO Career Development Institute, Career Development Policy Group
  • Dr David Cameron, Director of Education, CILEX - the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
  • Michelle Gauntlett, Director of Operations, The CPD Standards Office
  • Clare Fraser, Public Affairs Manager, City & Guilds Group
  • Beatrice Barleon, Head of Public Affairs and Policy, Engineering UK
  • Paul Rice, Product Development Manager, Enginuity
  • Sam Green, Head of Research and Planning, LTE Group
  • Michael Walsh, Vice Principal and Dean, Manchester College/UECN College
  • Chris Wright, Assistant Principal: Industry Excellence and Skills Excellence, Manchester College
  • Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Derby
  • Gila Tabrizi, Senior Policy Manager, WorldSkills UK
  • Selene Washington, Senior Engagement & Planning Manager, Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education
  • Matthew White, Assistant Director, Higher Technical Education Division, Department for Education
  • Natascha Engel, CEO, Policy Connect

Please contact Teymour.anwar [at] (teymour[dot]anwar[at]policyconnect[dot]org[dot]uk) for further information.