The government is committed to creating 3 million high-quality apprenticeships by 2020 as part of its drive to help all young people fulfil their potential and boost business productivity.
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) revealed this morning that Antony Jenkins has been appointed to the role of shadow chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships.
What is the Institute for Apprenticeships?
The Institute for Apprenticeships is the new independent, employer-led, organisation established to support the government’s plans.
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.
Who is Antony Jenkins?
Jenkins began his banking career as a graduate trainee at Barclays in 1983. He worked at the bank until 1989, when he joined Citigroup and after stints in the US and the UK at Citigroup, he returned to Barclays to fill a series of senior management roles in retail and corporate banking.
Jenkins was chief executive at Barclays from 2012- 2015.
He is the current chairman of Business in the Community – an organisation that supports businesses in acting socially responsible to create a fairer society and a more sustainable future – as well as being a patron of the government’s employee engagement programme.
Apprenticeships are something I care passionately about. I am delighted to be taking on this role and working closely with different sectors which will be important in helping to create opportunities for millions of our citizens and providing great talent for business.