New chairman for the Association of Learning Providers
The Board of the Association of Learning Providers has elected Martin Dunford, chief executive of the TBG Learning, as its new chairman.
Martin Dunford has led TBG for the last 8 years delivering
work based learning to adults and young people and other educational services,
particularly in collaboration with Further Education colleges and Learndirect.
He was recently a member of the Governments Steering Group of the
End to End Review of Modern Apprenticeships and has just been appointed
to the Board of the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA).
The ALP membership comprises many private, not-for-profit and charitable training organisations, as well as colleges which deliver work based learning. Originally regarded as a trade body in the business of promoting provision of apprenticeships, it is increasingly seen as also representative of providers delivering adult basic skills under the DfESs Skills for Life programme, work-ready skills under Jobcentre Plus contracts and distance learning under UfIs Learndirect brand.
Commenting on his appointment, Martin Dunford said: "I have a clear remit to help the Association of Learning Providers secure an opening up of the learning market for independent learning providers. This objective relates to all government bodies responsible for delivering the national skills strategy and I am pleased that they increasingly recognise that our members are delivering the flexible learning required by both businesses and individual learners in a modern economy."
Paying tribute to the chairmanship of Dave Rogers, Graham Hoyle, ALPs chief executive, said: "Its been a pleasure to work with Dave Rogers over the past 18 months. As ALPs chairman and the chief executive of a high-graded training organisation, Dave has commanded the respect of policymakers. This has resulted in major progress being made in the agenda to advance work based learning as a fundamental ingredient to a successful national skills strategy. I look forward to working with Martin to make the case that our members can deliver even more for the Government to improve the UKs productivity."
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