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Members of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board (ADB) tasked with advising the government on how it can hit its target of 3m starts by 2020 have finally been unveiled, five months after its creation was first announced.

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) announced "the creation" of the ADB on July 22, but little had been said since with regards to its membership or whether any meetings had taken place, which promoted FE Week to question the agency repeatedly on these issues since the turn of the year.

The SFA said on January 8 that further information on ADB would be announced in "due course" and was due to respond over whether any meetings have taken place this afternoon.

However, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said this morning that it would be chaired by the Prime Minister's apprenticeship advisor Nadhim Zahawi, Conservative MP for Stratford-Upon-Avon, and businessman and apprenticeship champion David Meller, who already chairs the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.

Other board members will include David Abraham, chief executive of Channel 4, Mike Thompson, head of apprenticeships at Barclays, Andrew Parmley, an alderman for the City of London, and Rami Ranger CBE, chaiman of Sun Mark Ltd. Read more...


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