Alison Morris, Director - Sector Development, ETF
Alison has worked in the skills sector for over fifteen years. She is currently Director of Sector Development at the ETF, where she is responsible for technical education, social mobility and inclusion, learning technologies, and initial teacher education.
Alison previously worked at UKCES where she carried out policy and research work in areas including higher level skills, employability, education-business links and careers guidance.
Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director (Standards Development), Institute for Apprenticeships
Until April 2017, Jonathan Mitchell worked as a teacher and senior leader at a number of leading schools in Scotland, England and America for over seventeen years. His commitment to building partnerships between employers and schools and training at national and local levels led to his involvement in high-profile curricular and qualification development, initial teacher training and national educational conferences. In April 2017 he joined the newly-formed Institute for Apprenticeships. As a Deputy Director with responsibility for Standards Development, he now leads a large team of officials working with over 2,600 employers to ensure the creation of a national suite of high quality apprenticeship standards leading to high quality apprenticeships. In April 2018 the Institute will also take on responsibility for the development of the Government’s new T-Level technical qualifications.
Nicola Turner, Head of Skills, HEFCE
National policy lead for skills at HEFCE with strategic responsibility for degree apprenticeships, industrial strategy and graduate outcomes. She has produced two independent reviews into STEM graduate employability (Wakeham and Shadbolt), established the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, the Engineering Conversion Course pilot and the Institute of Coding. Previously the Director of Employability Strategy at Aston University, Birmingham, her experience spans employability, employer engagement, regional growth and social mobility. In 2015, Nicola was honoured with an MBE for services to graduate employability and Higher Education.