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Keith Smith

Keith Smith

Keith Smith

Director, Apprenticeships
Education and Skills Funding Agency

Keith Smith has over 20 years of experience working in and around the education and skills system. He has worked in a variety of roles, from running local skills programmes to leading national projects. In recent years he has been leading the development and delivery of the national Further Education and Apprenticeship funding systems. Keith has been a Governor of a number schools and University Technology Colleges. He is the Director with responsibility for implementing Apprenticeship funding reforms and the Apprenticeship Levy.

  • Sharing insights on ESFA’s policy on apprenticeships funding, the Apprenticeship Levy and the future funding landscape
  • Outlining the latest funding rules in the transition to the apprenticeship service for employers and updates on the funding system and apprenticeship levy for training and assessing apprentices
  • Assessing the different funding rules and regulations which apply to employers, providers and employer-providers
  • Exploring how the ESFA works in engaging employers and employer groups through the National Apprenticeships Service to increase participation in apprenticeships